How's your methylation? "Methylation" is a key control dial that permits your body to respond to environmental change. If your body’s methylation is not working at an optimal level, this may translate into many different health issues and accelerate your aging process. Methylation is the only cellular pathway that effects both structural integrity and adaptability of your body. You may assess your genetics along with our knowledge of the methylation pathway to support your optimal body and mind. To learn more about the methylation pathway, email or call us at the Gottfried Center to test your pathway.
Chemically, methylation is a simple process in which a methyl group (remember CH3?) are added to proteins, DNA and other molecules. This step is often required to keep them in good condition.
For instance, if mood-enhancing serotonin is not methylated, it will become inactive, and this condition is associated with depression. Another key methylation process involves the amino acid homocysteine, which forms when methionine methylates your DNA. Homocysteine must be methylated to convert it back to methionine. If you are a lousy methylator, you can develop problems such as:
- Heart disease and stroke as a result of clumping platelets
- Increased LDL (bad) cholesterol
- Accelerated aging, particularly by damaging telomeres, which help cells divide cleanly
- Dementia and Alzheimer's disease