There is a GOO test!!!
I have often wondered wouldn`t it be great if there was an excitotoxin (GOO) test? You have probably guessed by now that I am quite “into” this subject and often at night I like to read as much information as possible. One night I was reading about Homocysteine (past article posted on my archive site http://betterbods.co.nz/March09Newsletter.htm ), that I knew was a more accurate test in regards to heart health than cholesterol. However, I have since discovered that elevated homocysteine levels in the blood also act as an excitotoxin. I couldn`t believe my eyes, as this shows that there is a link between elevated glutamate (over goo`d) and homocysteine and a simple blood test could accurately measure it. Homocysteine is an amino acid and like l-glutamine is an important building block for the body. However when the two are elevated it adversely effects pretty much every part of the body. There have been many studies performed showing raised homocysteine levels with over 100 different diseases including celiac disease, chrons disease, allergies, eczema, heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, miscarriages, ADHD, autism, depression, schizophrenia, thyroid, alcoholism, sexual problems, infertility, behavioural problems, neurological conditions, Alzheimer's, dementia, epilepsy, AGING and many more. Visit this link http://www.gethsmart.com/hfactor.html
The link below is from the American Heart Association and it even specifies that; “Homocysteine itself is thought to be toxic to blood vessels and can be shown in vitro to cause excitotoxic damage, similar to excessive glutamate”. http://stroke.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/full/strokeaha;33/10/2343
Normal homocysteine levels are 5 to 15umol/L. Above 100 µmol/L is considered severely elevated.
To lower homocysteine, we are advised to take B vitamins and folate. Often when homocysteine is elevated, B vitamin levels are low. Many vegetarians often take these vitamins as supplements. However you can get these vitamins naturally from animal proteins (including good quality red meats) and thus, better assimilate them in their natural form.
However what is not explained, is that we need to avoid excitotoxic foods! Or in simpler terms avoid GOO!! (This is described in my book, 'Jenna`s Journey'). The accumulations cross the blood brain barrier and the body goes into 'misfire' mode, in other words, short circuits! The good news is that all ages can get this test and I think it’s crucial to have this check annually to ensure your body is not excessively affected. This is a true 'health test' that either, you can ask your GP about or go to your local 'Med Lab' and have an independent test. Ensure you have fasted the night before. The Homocysteine, B vitamin and Folate test costs approximately $75 when done independently.
We have always been taught by Public Health officials that saturated fats cause heart disease and stroke but they too have changed their mind on this from this latest research:
Once you know this information it really comes down to an issue in self control . Raised homocysteine ages us and thus diseases are becoming even more common in our children. My homocysteine levels are within the normal range and I have my fair share of animal proteins and fats (of course my intake of GOO levels are pretty much non-existent) and I have lots of WHOO HOO energy .......... I am 40 years in age but feel like a 20 year old! The SECRET has been revealed......now it’s up to you!
( F ood A s I n T he H eavens)