Our bodies are complex examples of biochemistry. Each system works diligently with the others to help you live, breathe, and perform your daily functions at the most optimum level possible.
A key example of this is methylation. This process is extremely vital to how we function, although most of us haven’t heard of it. Let’s take a deeper look at this critical process, what happens when the process malfunctions, and how to naturally support methylation in your body.
What is methylation?
Methylation is a biochemical process that your body relies on to keep you healthy and thriving. This process happens close to 1 billion times every second and controls your ability to detox and in turn, lower inflammation, produce neurotransmitters and protect your DNA. Every cell of your body depends on methylation, which is why if methylation is not functioning optimally, you’re bound to have a few health problems.
What happens with poor methylation?
Poor methylation has been linked to:
- Autoimmune conditions
- Chronic inflammation
- Heart disease
- Hormone imbalances
There are many causes of poor methylation, one of which is the MTHFR gene mutation. The function of the MTHFR enzyme is to convert folic acid into folate which is the fuel for methylation. It is estimated that those with MTHFR gene mutations make 70% less methyl-folate than someone without the mutation.
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