You might have heard of Methylated B Vitamins but perhaps you’re not sure what to look for on a supplement bottle or why you would want them. Keep reading to learn what methylation means, who might have methylation issues and how to read supplement bottles to determine what vitamins are methylated and which aren’t.
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.