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Indications of nutrient deficiency

These problems indicate a possible nutrient deficiency

Today, blood analysis at the doctor's is part of the annual or semi-annual routine examination at the family doctor for many of us. Whether a small or large blood count - many of the values collected and analyzed already provide information about a possible micronutrient deficiency. And this can be done without actually measuring the corresponding nutrients in the blood.

This includes, for example, the often cited homocysteine. Homocysteine is a degradation product of our body that is formed during the conversion of the amino acid methionine. Elevated levels are now seen as a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, such as arteriosclerosis. Homocysteine can lead to damage of the vascular walls. A low level is therefore desirable. Normally, our body can also break down this substance. However, it needs three B vitamins to do so: Vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid. If only one of these three vitamins is lacking, this breakdown mechanism is disrupted. Increased homocysteine levels can be the result. Conversely, elevated levels can be a decisive indicator of low B6, B12 or folic acid levels.

The same applies, for example, to our cholesterol levels. It should perhaps also be briefly mentioned here that cholesterol is not bad per se, but here too the dose and the form make the poison. After all, cholesterol is primarily also a building block for hormones, such as testosterone or cortisol, and vitamins, such as vitamin D. But elevated LDL cholesterol levels in particular can also be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

Again, cholesterol can normally be metabolized by the liver. Experience and research in orthomolecular medicine have shown that elevated cholesterol levels often lack certain nutrients. These include omega-3 fatty acids, choline, and L-carnitine.

A final example outside of blood levels is represented by high blood pressure. Our cardiovascular system is particularly dependent on sufficient flexibility. This means that vessels must tense and relax in a certain rhythm, for example, to ensure proper blood flow. In the case of hypertension, how

Of course, it must be said at this point that the analysis of micronutrient deficiencies via these detours does not correspond to the quality of a real, e.g. intracellular measurement. However, it can already give good indications of where a deficit is to be feared under certain circumstances.

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