Excess amounts of homocysteine (a naturally occurring amino acid) can contribute to heart disease and stroke. There is important new evidence that too much homocysteine can also dramatically accelerate the rate at which you age.
Every time your cells divide, a tiny portion of your DNA is lost. The section at the end of the chromosome is called the telomere. As you age, the telomere gets shorter and shorter. When the telomere disappears, your cells stop dividing and die.
High homocysteine triples the speed at which the telomere shortens after cell division. This speeds up your aging process and can take years off your life.
There is good news. By taking a combination of folic acid, B-6, and B-12, you can safely and easily reduce your homocysteine level – lowering your risk of heart disease and boosting your lifespan.