In my last blog, I talked about the Genomix Nutrition test. Remember? We can predict with increasing precision who is more likely to develop specific diseases; who will respond positively or react negatively to a particular drug or supplement therapy; and finally, which nutrients are optimal for a specific individual’s treatment, health, and well-being.
There are five different important categories to look at when it comes to your genomic report: Methylation, Neurotransmitter, Mitochondria, Detoxification and Inflammatory markers. So, the next five blogs I will be covering these categories in depth. So, let’s get started with the biggie. Methylation.
What the heck is Methylation?
Methyl groups are essential for normal DNA cell replication! They literally turn genes “on” or “off.” “Bad” genes can lead to birth defects, depression, cognitive decline, diseases and cancer and can be expressed by a depletion of your body’s methyl groups.
So… if you have depleted methyl groups and you’re exposed to a toxin, an infection, or even a severe emotional stress, then all of a sudden—whammo--you express the bad gene, which can lead to a neurodegenerative disorder like Parkinson’s, or Alzheimer’s, an autoimmune condition, or cancer.
This process of moving methyl groups around is necessary for the functioning of several biochemical reactions such as DNA and RNA synthesis, creatinine generation, immune responses involved in silencing viruses etc. Methylation reactions are involved in most body functions, to some degree. This is why compromised methylation can cause or contribute to almost all health conditions. When we look at your Genomix Nutrition profile we can determine whether you have an MTHFR polymorphism, (SNP). About 50% of the population appear to have genetic variants of the MTHFR enzyme, causing them to have some difficulty resynthesizing methionine from homocysteine. This can be a factor in cardiovascular disease, mental illness, and perhaps other health conditions such as fatigue and exhaustion. Methyl groups play a role in:
So, now you know how important methylation is. If you have an HTHFR SNP all of these processes can be compromised unless you have the right nutritional support. Next time we’ll talk about neurotransmitters.