Methylation - What is it?

October 5, 2015 10:29:00 AM PDT

What is Methylation?

Simply put, Methylation is a process in which certain chemicals called ‘methyl groups’ are added to various constituents of proteins, DNA and other molecules to transform or "recycle" in our body .  Noticeably one of the most important methylation process is homocysteine! Homocysteine is a by product of an important amino acid methionine and is what remains when methionine is used to methylate proteins and our DNA. Homocysteine needs to be methylated to convert it back to methionine. If this process does not happen your body is in for some serious trauma.

What is responsible for?

  • RNA and DNA methylation are added to DNA. "Methylation" modifies the function of the DNA, which is essential for normal development and is associated with a number of key processes.
  • Immune system regulation 
  • Detoxification of heavy metals and other harmful substances. A good analogy is when there is a bad smell in a room we neutralize the smell to make it dissapear, so the body "Methylate" heavy metals to protect itself,
  • Extremely important in making GLUTATHIONE (the body’s main detoxification enzyme responsible for removing mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, tin, aluminum and antimony)
  • Production and function of proteins at various level 
  • Regulating inflammation 

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Posted in Biomedical By BrainChild Nutritionals


New discovery shed light on a long puzzled vital mechanism of our body namely, how thousands of species of bacterias survive and thrive in our gut eco-system.

The gut is in an environment that is constantly changing , when we eat food and drink or even when we are under too much stress. Despite this constant change our gut is host to a variety of bacteria which thrive and survive in a stable eco-system.  As a matter of fact most mammals are colonized throughout there life with 100 trillion bacterial cells consisting of hundreds of microbial species. Researchers have long been puzzled by how these thousands of species do this, why certain bacteria's thrive over others and more importantly the contributions of this enormous and diverse ecosystem to human health.


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Posted in Medical News Biomedical By BrainChild Nutritionals

New perspective: Gut bacteria and Autism

July 29, 2013 3:57:06 PM PDT



New Study Finds Link between Autism and Heterogeneity in Gut Bacteria

An Arizona State University research team has found an association between autism and the diversity of bacteria in our guts. The new finding could pave the way for specific supplements that will reinforce the gut’s microflora (bacterial population).


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Posted in Medical News Biomedical General Health By BrainChild Nutritionals


Vitamin B6 has been associated with a greater DNA protection from oxidative stress in male according to a japanese study. More specifically, The results suggest that vitamin B6, but not folate and homocysteine, may play a more important role against oxidative DNA damage in Japanese men.

 A Study recently published in Japan has shown strong indication that increased intake of vitamin B6, have been associated with a greater DNA protection from oxidative stress in male subjects.


The data was collected from 500 men and women and discovered that when a person has increased levels of vitamin B6 in the body, they have lower levels of 8 hydroxy 2 deoxyguanosine (8 OHdG), a recognized marker for oxidative stress.

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Posted in Medical News Biomedical By BrainChild Nutritionals

Natural Ways to Support children with ADHD

June 28, 2013 10:06:06 AM PDT


Over the past few years parents, along with their physicians, have been seeking a more natural health care alternative for children with ADHD. Around 6.4 million children, ranging from the ages of 4 -17 years of age, at some point in their lives been diagnosed by medical professionals, as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

In many of these cases these children were given psychotropic drugs as means of lessening the symptoms of the ailment.


The issue here is that, while the medications may have been successful in rectifying short-term issues, there were consequences and risks involved in using these drugs for longer periods. It’s no surprise that parents all over the world are looking for more natural alternatives in coping with ADHD symptoms.

This article describes the other natural possibilities that are easily available to parents seeking Natural approaches to there children with ADHD.

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Posted in Medical News Biomedical Sensitive Living By BrainChild Nutritionals

Exercise may help ADHD

March 22, 2013 2:20:19 PM PDT

Exercise may lead to better School Performance for Kids with ADHD

Oct 16, 2012 - A few minutes of exercise can help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder perform better academically, according to a new study led by a Michigan State University researcher. The study, published in the current issue of the Journal of Pediatrics, shows for the first time that kids with ADHD can better drown out distractions and focus on a task after a single bout of exercise. Scientists say such "inhibitory control" is the main challenge faced by people with the disorder. "This provides some very early evidence that exercise might be a tool in our nonpharmaceutical treatment of ADHD," said Matthew Pontifex, MSU assistant professor of kinesiology, who led the study. "Maybe our first course of action that we would recommend to developmental psychologists would be to increase children's physical activity." While drugs have proven largely effective in treating many of the 2.5 million school-aged American children with ADHD, a growing number of parents and physicians worry about the side effects and costs of medication.

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Posted in Biomedical By Terri Mykland

Getting a Handle on all the Autism Supplements

February 26, 2013 2:41:11 PM PST

 As you may know, children with autism often take quite a lot of nutritional supplements. This is partly because so many of their body systems aren't functioning well on their own, and in addition, their digestive systems often cannot absorb nutrients easily.

The goal of supplementation in autism is to get required nutrients into the body in a functional form, so that the nutrients can help the body to start working better, and eventually do a better job of functioning on its own, with less help. 

Another important goal is to support gut function and give the gut the raw materials it needs to absorb and utilize nutrients better. Since autistic kids are very sensitive, one more supplementation challenge is that we must work very gently, so as not to create new problems that weren’t there before.

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Posted in Biomedical By Terri Mykland

What you need to know about Mercury!

January 18, 2013 11:52:19 AM PST

Dr. Christopher Shade, a former organic farmer, received his PhD from the University of Illinois. His education included the study of metal-ligand interaction in the environment, and for a long time, he specialized in environmental- and analytical chemistry of mercury

About six years ago, he developed and commercialized technology for mercury speciation analysis — a process that separates and measures different forms of mercury. Shortly after starting this company, Quicksilver Scientific, he turned his focus to the clinical side, and the human body's ability to detoxify mercury.

"The heart of mercury's toxicity is what I call inappropriate binding," Dr. Shade says. "Mercury is never a free ion... [M]ercury is always bound in these covalent relationships with what's called the ligand. Mercury's favorite ligand is sulfur; specifically a reduced form of sulfur called a thiol.

This is what you have on cysteine, like N-acetyl cysteine or in glutathione [editor's note: which is why they're so important for mercury elimination]. But these thiols are all throughout your body. [M]etals... like zinc, copper, or iron... are held in place by thiol groups. Mercury has higher affinity for those thiol groups than the [other] metals do.

How much higher? For zinc — a billion times higher – 10 to the ninth. When the mercury comes by... and it sees an enzyme that's holding zinc in it, those cysteines are going to reach over and grab on to the mercury.

Other places that mercury will bind to thiols are on cell membranes... [and] different forms of mercury will cross your blood-brain barrier."

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Posted in Biomedical By Terri Mykland

As a particularly severe flu epidemic sweeps across the United States, with nearly 4,000 hospitalized since the beginning of October, people on the West Coast are increasingly being affected by the disease. We urge people to take measures to prevent from getting infected and we offer a blend of 3 herbs that helps the immune system in doing so.

The main herb in this formula has demonstrated in two separate studies that it reduces the time needed to recover from influenza (type A & B) and it has shown significant immune system support benefits.

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Posted in Biomedical General Health By BrainChild Nutritionals

G is for Glutathione

December 12, 2012 3:13:38 PM PST

It has been a while since I have done an ABC post, but I thought I would add in a letter since I have learned so much about this biochemical in the last year and it’s importance to a person or child’s health and well-being.

I have blogged about Glutathione a few times, here (acetaminophen/Tylenol LOWERS glutathione) and here (and so does aspartame). I am revisiting it today, in light of some recent blood work that we got back for Lady A and some new research I have done, that I feel VERY compelled to share, because I think this Mighty Chemical Glutathione {G} has implications in ALL OF OUR HEALTH!

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Posted in Biomedical By BrainChild Nutritionals

Amino acid deficiency underlies rare form of autism

A rare, hereditary form of autism has been found — and it may be treatable with protein supplements.

Genome sequencing of six children with autism has revealed mutations in a gene that stops several essential amino acids being depleted. Mice lacking this gene developed neurological problems related to autism that were reversed by dietary changes, a paper published today in Science shows1.

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Posted in Biomedical By samuel swerdlow

The Gut-Garden Analogy

November 4, 2012 9:49:32 AM PST

I came up with this analogy, comparing the Gut to a Garden, back in 2004, when I was fighting the worst of my son's candida and gut bugs. It helps my understanding and problem-solving process a lot to think of the gut as a garden, and that's what I wanted to share with you.

In bodies with healthy intestines, our 'good plants' (good bacteria, yeast) i.e. vegetables, flowers and fruits, are very vigorous, and grow strong enough to keep the weeds (bad bacteria) down to a controlled level, although never gone. But if we take antibiotics or something, (broad spectrum herbicides) it kills off a bunch of the good plants as well as bad, and we have to either put in some 'good plant seed' (probiotics) that we hope will 'take root', or just hope that the good plants are strong enough to triumph over the weeds (bad bacteria) that will try to take hold in the empty areas.

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Posted in Biomedical By Terri Mykland