By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
Every single cell and organ in the body is going through a metabolic process called “methylation.” It is a very complicated and continually being researched and studied. To simplify methylation, it starts with a “methyl group” which takes a single carbon and three hydrogen atoms. This methyl group works in unity to support many critical jobs in the body such as repairing DNA, thinking, switching genes off and on, toxin elimination, fighting infections, and much more.
As you are reading this at this very moment your body is methylating a billion times per second; you would not even be alive if you could not methylate! Not methylating could cause serious health issues. For example, if you were not able to methylate homocysteine into converting it back to methionine, you could be exposed to devastating health problems. High levels of homocysteine are signs that heart disease, stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and liver disease could become and issue. Methylating affects almost every aspect of health and well-being. It affects our emotional well-being because it works in the process of making and breaking down neurotransmitters like epinephrine for energy, dopamine for clarity of thoughts, and serotonin for a happy mood.
Good methylation can usually be supported and corrected with specific vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. People who are not able to methylate properly have what is known as the MTHFR gene mutation. Researchers estimate that up to almost half the population has this gene mutation. The MTHFR mutation gets in the way of how the body converts and absorbs folate. Most individuals who fall in this category are not able to convert folic acid to its usable form. People who are depressed usually have minimal levels of folate (among other nutrients too) due to reduced/poor methylation but are given antidepressants; which only cover up the symptoms of depression. Meanwhile, not being able to methylate will most likely cause more health problems down the line added to the depression.
What can you do about finding out if you are methylating properly? Take our MTHFR Genomic Test that comes with a protocol! Also consider the Comprehensive Vitamin and Mineral Panel to check ALL of your nutrient levels.
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Medical disclaimer: Our MTHFR Geno-Typing Test kits and all tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.