The Methylation process occurs when a molecule bonds with a methyl group, this is when one carbon atom bonds with three hydrogen atoms. This is an important cycle because the methylation process takes the nutrition from the food and supplements we consume and makes it into the energy our body needs to function. The Methylation process plays a very important role in the body, both metabolically (which refers to the whole range of biochemical processes that occur within us) and epigenetically (which is something that affects a cell, organ or individual without directly affecting its DNA).
Some of the crucial bodily functions that the Methylation process manages or plays a part in, are:
- Immune function
- Processing of chemicals and toxins
- Maintaining DNA
- DNA/RNA Synthesis
- Energy production
- Hormonal Break Down
- Mood balancing
- Controlling inflammation
- Creation of Immune Cells
- Creation of protective coating on nerves
For everything listed above to work like a well-oiled machine it is important to be cautious of how the Methyl process is working. Dr. Doni, from doctordoni.com, explains the Methyl Cycle to be like dominos that are lined up and start to fall. When a line of dominos begins to fall, each domino will fall in order, this is used to explain when enzymes start processing nutrients, one enzyme effects the other. Now, when a domino line begins to fall but one domino does not fall in the process it causes a backup in the whole system, same goes with the enzymes inside our bodies. If an enzyme does not do its job, it inhibits the following enzymes to do their job, this can cause a change in our moods and how we function.
When the Methyl cycle is not working properly it can make you feel tired, depressed, irritable, run-down, susceptible to infections, foggy-brained, and in general it can make you feel sick. In order to prevent this from happening, healthcare practitioners chose to help patients change their nutrition and help with life-style changes to help alter these pathways and the prevent and treat diseases like, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, insomnia, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, etc. A life-style change can also help with clear thinking, improved moods, less inflammation, etc.
It is important to go see a healthcare practitioner if someone believes they have a hindrance in the methylation cycle. A doctor must assess the situation and choose what is the best path for success in each patience personal case. No person is the same, which means, what worked for one person will not necessarily work for another person.