If money makes the world go ’round, then methylation is the commerce of the body. Exchanges that are dependent on an adequate supply of B vitamins, methyl donor groups, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and healthy gut microbiota often are the basis for mood balance, endocrine support as well as energy production.
Your immune function operates as a distinctive bio-dynamic force, reliant on the metabolic manufacturing of energy to serve optimally. The body’s own production of antioxidants and methyl donors (such as SAM and GSH) are compromised if not enough B12, folate, and P-5-P (B6) are not available. The home of the immune system resides primarily around the digestive tract and holds an integral relationship with an impressive diversity of gut flora. Also, the lubrication of omega 3s, along with anti-inflammatory effects, help to modulate a proper immune response.
Certainly, the adrenal glands use ample amounts of the B-complex in managing stress responses, such as dealing with change. Unregulated stress, or chronic stress, quickly leads to higher and prolonged levels of cortisol and immune suppression; moods plummet, energy diminishes and fatigue sets in with a correlation of deficient B-vitamins, omega 3s and lifestyles that are not conducive to gut health.
Choosing the bio-active forms of the B-vitamins makes a difference. Through the methylation process, certain conversions are made during the creating of amino acids (towards the end of producing needed peptides and proteins as dictated by DNA) for a variety of physiological actions. Bio-active simply means the Bs are ready to be used (as in the above simile as methylation as commence and B-vitamins as the currency), like cash, whereas the other forms require a cellular conversion, such as, say a cheque. Some people are not able to make specific conversions due to genetic make-up. Contact Nicole Reilkoff ND for learning more about how you can test your genetic aptitude for nutrition.
Other supportive factors for healthy methylation and immunity include making the best possible food choices and regular exercises -each with plenty of variety.
Our gut flora has the fantastic ability to manufacture B-vitamins, assist in digestion, ward off pathogenic bacteria and fat regulation; all which involve methylation in one way or another. Ideally, by ensuring our basic needs are met, we can then look to best meet our specific nutritional needs and learn about our own unique physical history and requirements, thus helping to prevent unneeded health complications and supporting the quality of life health goals for our own selves, as well as beloved family members.