In this article, we are going to talk about one of the most important biochemical processes for your health and how you can keep it running. It’s very best with supplements and a few other suggestions. Now unfortunately many people are affected by one or more of the eight factors that affect this biochemical process. So it’s a big issue.
However, the good news is that there are at least 12 things you can do right now to optimize this critical biochemical process that can have an impact on your health. First, we will talk about methylation, what is it and how it’s important for our body.
What methylation is?
First, let me tell you about methylation. What is methylation? Well, it’s a key process that’s essential to proper function for almost all of your body systems and it occurs billions of times every second. Methylation helps repair your DNA on a daily basis. It controls homocysteine and unhealthy compound that can damage blood vessels. It helps recycle molecules and then that is needed for detoxification. It helps maintain your mood and keep your inflammation in check. You need optimal levels of the B vitamin family to keep this methylation system running.
What Happens Without Methylation?
What happens without it? Well as studies have shown the Chinese babies have more birth defects like spina bifida and more down syndrome and miscarriages because of their family marriages. You may be at high risk for conditions like osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, depression, mood problems, in kids like autism and ADD, dementia and stroke. You may be a high risk for heart disease.
So What Are The Things That Can Affect This Methylation Process?
First genetics, now an estimated 20% of us have predispositions to genetic problems with eating more folate.
The next thing is our poor diet. The word folate comes from foliage and you need to eat plenty of leafy greens, beans, fruit, and whole grains to get adequate levels of B6, B12 vitamin, and folate. Also, things like egg yolks and meats, liver and oily fish are good sources of vitamin B12. So long-term vegan diets can be a problem but you can take supplements with B12.
Also, other things raise homocysteine in the diet like sugar, too much animal proteins, saturated fat, coffee and alcohol.
Next smoking raids homocysteine as well as malabsorption of various vitamins like B12 from digestive issues, allergies, and other things.
Also, lower stomach acid which happens, then you take acid-blocking medications, or when you get older they block the absorption of B12 and this is a very common problem.
Medications like acid blockers, methotrexate, diuretics, birth control pills, Dilantin all affect the levels of these B vitamins.
Also being toxic, things like pesticides and pollution all can interfere with your vitamin production. So that’s a lot of things to watch out for.
Now The Good News How Can You Look At And Actually Fix Your Methylation Problem?
First, you want to do some tests you want to ask your doctor for these tests like a complete blood count, a homocysteine level, and a serum methylmalonic acid level. And then you want to figure out if these are high what to do to optimize this process.
So Here Are A Few Things You Can Do.
First, eat more dark leafy green. Also, you get more B vitamins in your diet from things like sunflower seeds and wheat germ and fish and eggs and cheese and beans and so forth.
Dark leafy beans, almonds, whole grains all have great levels of these vitamins.
Also, minimize animal protein sugar, and saturated fat, and avoid processed canned foods which are depleted in vitamins.
Also, reduce your intake of caffeine which depletes folic acid and other vitamins.
Limit alcohol which also dramatically depletes your B vitamin levels, don’t smoke.
Avoid medications that interfere with methylation like the one we mentioned above.
You can also improve your stomach acid using various herbal formulas and you can take extra supplements to help support proper homocysteine and B12 metabolisms like folate, B6, and B12.
So just remember that vitamins and minerals lubricate all the biochemical wheels of life. Be sure you get enough of them through your diet and supplements.