Methylation can be described as the transferring of a methyl group (a single carbon) from one compound to another. This methylation process is necessary for many biochemical reactions including making neurotransmitters, immune responses, gene regulation, processing chemicals – endogenous and xenobiotic compounds, metabolism of neurotransmitters, processing hormones, DNA and histone synthesis, energy production (ATP), myelination, and building and maintaining cell membranes. With optimal operation of the methylation cycle we can expect the methyl groups to be passed easily from one compound to the next. The compound that receives the methyl group is “methylated”, but then it can quickly turn around and donate that same methyl group to another compound, and so on until the final product is reached. Many enzymes and co-factors are present to facilitate this reaction, and without the presence of the enzymes and their co-factors, this reaction would happen too slowly to be compatible with life.
A comprehensive review of the genetic mutations of your metabolic pathways and how it may be influencing your health. Neutrigenomics is a program that is bioindiviualized by making diet and supplement recommendations for optimizing these pathways as a way to compensate for any under- or over- enzyme activity to help decrease problems associated with the toxic intermediates that can affect your health and well being.