“What if I told you that there’s a single, simple test that can reveal your risks of half a dozen of the biggest threats to your health—and, in turn, allow you to take action to reverse them?”
Dr. Fred Pescatore poses that intriguing question in his new Ultimate Anti-Aging Protocol. And while it might sound too good to be true, there is such a test. In fact, it’s just a simple blood test that’s available at any lab.
Unfortunately, most doctors don’t even mention this test to their patients, and Dr. Pescatore believes he knows why. He says, “This one test does something that absolutely terrifies mainstream medicine. It puts you in control of many different aspects of your health—all without drugs.”
Today I’ll reveal what this simple test is and how it can save your life.
A direct threat to your heart health
The test I’m talking about is the homocysteine test.
Homocysteine is an amino acid. And at high levels, homocysteine has been linked to increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
For example, in 2005, UCLA researchers evaluated the homocysteine levels of 133 people over the course of seven years. The results showed that high homocysteine correlated to a coronary calcium buildup of 35 percent per year. In those with low homocysteine, yearly buildup was 17 percent.
Researchers concluded that high homocysteine “strongly and independently predicts progression of coronary plaque burden.”
According to follow-up research, high homocysteine also promotes…
- Atherosclerosis (narrowing or hardening of the arteries)
- Impaired function of the endothelium (the inner lining of blood vessels)
- And the production of thrombosis (blood clots)
Clearly, high homocysteine levels can indicate the risk of heart attack and stroke, but it also tells us so much more than that…
The difference between life and death
Dr. Pescatore explains that your homocysteine levels can give you a glimpse into how healthy your brain, eyes, bones, and stomach are as well. And it’s even linked to colorectal and cervical cancer in women.
In addition, this dangerous amino acid might also predispose you to inflammatory bowel disease, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
“And, unfortunately,” Dr. Pescatore warns, “elevated homocysteine isn’t just linked to disease, it’s also linked to death.
“Research has found that every 5-μmol/L increase in homocysteine ups cancer mortality by 26 percent and cardiovascular mortality by 50 percent. Even more shocking: High homocysteine skyrockets other mortality (not due to cancer or cardiovascular disease) by 104 percent.”
It’s no wonder why Dr. Pescatore requires a homocysteine test of every patient who walks into his office. He says, “Keeping tabs on your homocysteine levels literally means the difference between life and death.”
So your first step is clear: Ask your doctor for a homocysteine test.
In most labs, results will range from 4 μmol/L (micromole per liter) to 15 μmol/L. In Dr. Pescatore’s view, 8 μmol/L is the optimal level, and lowering it more than that isn’t necessary.
Now for the good news about homocysteine…
“Even if your levels are high,” Dr. Pescatore says, “homocysteine is incredibly easy (and cheap) to get under control. And you don’t need a long list of medications to manage it. You just need to take the right amounts of a few easy-to-find vitamins: B6, B12 and folic acid.”
Typically, he recommends these daily doses:
- B6: 100 mg
- B12: 2,000 mcg
- Folic acid: 20 mg
In addition, Dr. Pescatore points to research that shows omega-3 fatty acids can also lower homocysteine. And even better, combining omega-3s with B-vitamins can boost the homocysteine-lowering effect.
So while taking your B vitamins, Dr. Pescatore recommends a fish oil supplement that contains 1,500 mg of EPA and DHA (the two key omega-3 fatty acids), two times per day.
But note that this good news comes with a caveat…
Some people have a genetic mutation called MTHFR that prevents the proper metabolism of regular B vitamins. You can find information about how to check for this mutation—and what to do about it—in Dr. Pescatore’s Ultimate Anti-Aging Protocol.
Click here to enroll now to learn more about this remarkable age-defying protocol.
“Plasma Homocysteine Predicts Progression of Atherosclerosis” Atherosclerosis 2005; 181(1): 159-165. doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2005.01.001