Methylation is when a methyl group attaches to a molecule, which then can produce significant changes in the character or function of that molecule. Methyl groups are made when one carbon atom binds to three hydrogen atoms (CH3).
Beyond being a strange word, methylation is also super important for your body. With methylated vitamins, your body doesn’t have to do extra work to change the vitamin into something it can use. Methylated vitamins are made with the active-form of nutrients found naturally in our bodies.
But what are the benefits?
Methylation is part of all of your experiences every day. It is important to your physical, mental, and emotional health.
Via hormone & neurotransmitter production it affects:
Immune & digestive responses
Gene expression (turning genes on & off)
It influences the production of ATP
(Adenosine Triphosphate; the primary energy carrier in all living organisms) which transports the energy necessary for all cellular metabolic activities, including:
Food to energy
Elimination of toxins
With poor methylation,
your brain, gut, and liver can be affected. Many consequences are attributed to it, as well as:
In addition to the above benefits for everyone, if you have the MTHFR gene variant (affects approximately 60% of people—ask your doctor), then your body is not making enough 5-MTHF (an important enzyme for methylation) and so it is extremely important for you to take methylated vitamins.