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The Importance of B Vitamins For Your Heart and Mental Health.

Updated: Jul 13, 2023



How Histamine Levels can be an indicator of Homocysteine Levels

Are you constantly becoming reactive to many foods and even your environment (runny nose, itchy skin/eyes, hives)? You may also have headaches, migraines, allergies, sinus issues, infertility, body aches, autoimmune disorders, and mental health issues (depression, anxiety, mood disorders), to name some, although the list goes on and on.


If so, you may have too much histamine in your body.

You may be feeling some or all of these more apparent histamine symptoms but there may actually be more issues going on inside of your body that you don't feel.




How does histamine relate to homocysteine? What is homocysteine?

When histamine levels are high (symptoms above) there is a likelihood that your homocysteine levels are also elevated.

If you didn't know, homocysteine levels are correlated with heart health. A high level of homocysteine is a risk factor for heart disease. It may also damage the lining of arteries and make the blood clot more easily. What are some signs that your homocysteine level could be elevated?

  • Histamine elevation ( symptoms above)

  • Hormonal imbalances.

  • Estrogen and cortisol levels may be too high in a person with elevated homocysteine.

** Cortisol (known as the stress hormone)***

According to the Cleveland Clinic, some signs that your cortisol levels are high include:

  • Weight gain, especially in your face and abdomen.

  • Fatty deposits between your shoulder blades.

  • Wide, purple stretch marks on your abdomen (belly).

  • Muscle weakness in your upper arms and thighs.

  • High blood sugar, which often turns into Type 2 diabetes.

  • High blood pressure (hypertension).

Studies have found that cortisol abnormalities appear to also be positively correlated with depressive severity.

What can you do?

  • Get your homocysteine level checked by your doctor.

  • Eat a healthy diet rich in B vitamins (B12/B6)

  • Get folate in your diet

  • Take b-vitamins/supplements ( consult your doctor)

    • Check our website for recommended B-complex

  • Lower excessive histamine, if needed.

    • Low histamine diet

    • Limit heavy chemicals in the home

    • Use natural products

  • Work on proper methylation in the body ( I will post an article about that)

If you are currently seeing a provider at Tree of Life Therapy (Ohio and Washington) and want to learn more about how we can help you through nutrient therapy and holistic health please request an appointment with Tracy.

If you would like to request an appointment for nutrient therapy/holistic health assistance or therapy appointment scheduling please email info@treeoflifetherapists.com.

We also offer telehealth appointments at our private practice.


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