Methylation is the process of controlled transfer of a methyl group (one carbon atom and three hydrogen atoms) onto amino acids, proteins, enzymes, and DNA in every cell and tissue of the body to regulate healing, cell energy, genetic expression of DNA, neurological function, liver detoxification, immunity, etc. This process is one of the essential metabolic functions of the body and is catalyzed by a variety of enzymes. Many case histories and several scientific articles have demonstrated that this methylation process is responsive to environmental conditions and degrades with age, a process associated with a large variety of age-related disorders. Thus, with respect to the effect of methylation, it is a continuous struggle in life to adapt to the ever-changing environment. In fact, health and quality of life are highly dependent on the methylation process.
One of the first steps in understanding your own risk is to know your specific DNA. There is a simple, at home test available for purchase at the website: https://www.23andme.com/. This kit is inexpensive and easy to do. For just $99 you can find out about your personal links to over 240 health conditions and traits. It may seem scary at first to know but with knowledge you are in the driver’s seat to live a healthy life. Part of that test offered through 23 and Me, is knowing if you methylate. As a healthcare provider I strive for your optimal health and I believe that this test is invaluable to you achieving that level in your own body. Check it out online and always feel free to ask questions, it never hurts to know more.