Choose Corn Thins™ for Optimal Homocysteine Levels
Have you ever heard of homocysteine? If you answered no you would be forgiven as it is not a common term you would hear. When your doctor is checking your heart health your blood sugars and cholesterol levels may be assessed but another compound may soon be added to this list. Homocysteine is a compound which can be tested in your blood and urine which research suggests may show your risk of both cognitive decline and heart disease risk.
Homocysteine levels are a sign that certain processes in your body are working as they should. These processes including making new DNA, metabolising certain amino acids which allows your body to stay healthy as well as ensuring blood vessel health in your brain. If any of these processes are not working well your levels of homocysteine will be higher and your risk of ill health including cognitive health and function and heart health may be affected.
To make sure all the above processes can function well it is important you get enough B vitamins in your diet. Specifically, the B vitamins 12, 6 and folate. Going straight to the supplement store is not the best choice here as the matrix of whole food not only is safer but will also give your body more than simply these three B vitamins to function optimally. Key foods to add to your diet which include these three B vitamins are:
This B vitamin is found in whole grain contain foods like Corn Thins™ slices, nuts, seeds, vegetables as well as animal proteins.
Good news if you enjoy Corn Thins™ slices as a food which contains whole grains, these foods are also a source of folate. You can also find folate in vegetables especially the green coloured varieties like asparagus, kale, broccoli, and spinach. If you enjoy spreading your Corn Thins™ slices with 100% nut butter, there is good news here, are folate is also found in nuts, seeds and legumes like baked beans.
Vitamin B12 is found in animal-based products and fortified foods like nutritional yeast. Other sources of B12 are lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy.
Three recipes I would recommend ticking all these boxes from the array of recipes found on the Corn Thins™ website are:
- Corn Thins™ Slices with Beans and Egg.
Recipe can be found at: http://www.cornthins.com/en/node/57237
- Crab, Avocado, Lemon and Chives.
Recipe can be found at: http://www.cornthins.com/en/node/57257
- Crispy Chicken and Coleslaw.
Recipe can be found at: http://www.cornthins.com/en/node/57255
Take home message: Enjoying a delicious snack or meal of Corn Thins™ slices can now taste even better knowing that you are looking after the health of your body at the same time.