Methylation is the addition of a carbon and three hydrogen molecules to another molecule. These “methyl” groups act like keys or switches that turn on and off hundreds of different reactions within our bodies.
Methylation reactions are critical to life and occur constantly and continuously within our bodies. Methylation reactions are involved in:
- The regulation of our genes
- The processing of chemical within our bodies
- Building neurotransmitters
- Metabolizing neurotransmitters
- Processing hormones
- Building immune cells
- DNA synthesis and repair
- Histone synthesis
- Energy production
- Myelin production
- Building and maintaining cell walls and membranes
- Production of glutathione the master antioxidant in the body
- Inflammation responses
The state of your methylation processes determines the state of your health. The healthier and more functional your methylation processes are the healthier you are and the slower you degenerate and decay. Nearly every medication taken is to reduce or manage the symptoms of faulty methylation.
So, what is methylation? Methylation is the vital metabolic reactions that occur billions of times per second in our body that allow us to be alive.