You might have heard of methylated folate or methylated B12 vitamins but perhaps you’re not sure what to look for on a supplement bottle or why you would want them.
What is Methylation?
Simply put, methylation is a biochemical process – it is the transfer of four atoms – one carbon atom and three hydrogen atoms (CH3) – from one substance to another.
When methylation occurs, it has a positive impact on chemical reactions in the body that help regulate detoxification, cardiovascular, neurological and reproductive systems in the body including those related to:
- Cellular energy
- Neurotransmitter production
- Eye health
- Liver health
- Histamine metabolism
- Estrogen metabolism
- Fat metabolism
Methylation requires a specific B vitamin to be present in the body – 5-MTHF (also known as methylfolate).
Unfortunately roughly 40% of the population in the US has a genetic variation affecting the MTHFR gene that can make it difficult for them to produce enough 5-MTHF to run the methylation process efficiently.
Signs of Poor Methylation Challenge Can Include:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Cardiovascular disease
- Autoimmune conditions
- Memory Issues
- Allergies and Histamine intolerance
- Poor bile production
- Inflammatory conditions
- Depression and Anxiety
You can test for this genetic mutation by taking a simple at home test.
If you know you have this genetic mutation or suspect it, then taking supplements that are in their active form can help support optimum methylation.
The 7 Nutrients Needed for Methlylation Include:
- 5-MTHF – or Methylfolate
- B12 – Methylcobalamin
- B6 – Pyridoxal ‘5 – Phosphate
- B2 – Riboflavin ‘5 – Phosphate
- Vitamin D
You can also support your body’s methylation process by eating a diet composed of non-processed, organic and whole foods, eating plenty of the following foods can help.
- Brussel sprouts
- Dark leafy greens
Avoiding alcohol, excessive caffeine and smoking can also help improve your body’s methylation ability.
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Disclaimer: This information is provided for educational purposes only and does not constitute healthcare advice. Please consult your healthcare provider before taking any new supplements.