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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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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