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Homocysteine (cont.)

What causes elevated homocysteine levels?

Homocysteine levels increase in the body when the metabolism to cysteine of methionine to cysteine is impaired. This may be due to dietary deficiencies in vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folic acid.

While alcoholics tend to be malnourished and lacking in B vitamins, alcohol itself may independently cause homocysteine levels in the blood to rise.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2015

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