Methylation: A simple biological process which involves a transfer of 4 atoms (one carbon and three hydrogen) from one substance to another.
60% of the US population has a genetic mutation that prevents them from converting folate into the activated form. Which prevents our bodies from creating enough 5MTHF
Research has clearly linked impaired methylation with autoimmune conditions
What does methylation do in our body?
Maintaining DNA and RNA
Controlling your happy neurotransmitters (dopamine, adrenaline and serotonin)
Maintaining your detoxification pathways, including heavy metal detox
Controlling sulfate which is crucial in growth and repair
GOOD NEWS: What do you need to keep the methylation cycle performing optimally.
There are simple blood tests to figure out if you have a MTHFR defect (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) we offer them at Renew Chiropractic and Functional Medicine.
Make sure you are taking methylated forms of B vitamins (especially if you are pregnant)
Here are a list of supplements that support methylation
5-MTHF (metyltetrahydrofolate) this is a critical B vitamin also known as active folate or methylfolate
Methylcobalamin (activated B12)
Pyridoxal 5- phosphate (activated B6)
Riboflavin 5-Phyosphate (activated B2)