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