DNA methylation – Gene silencing
Methylation is a key biochemical process that is essential for the proper function of your body.
There are a number of health problems that can be caused by a LOW methylation. The potential for uncontrolled cell growth and cancer.
You get half your genes from your mum and half from your dad. But you cant have both sets running at the same time or you will get errors. If all your genes were activated expressed all at the same time you would get conflicting instructions. Like running your computer programmes and games all at once which would end up crashing your system!
Regular methylation helps repair DNA, control homocysteine, helps recycle molecules (antioxidants) which neutralises free radicals, and it helps maintain mood and keep inflammation under control.
DNA Methylation and Cancer
Low methylation levels can trigger cancer?
Cancer (or a tumour) is a form of uncontrolled cell growth.
Low levels of methylation in cells can cause uncontrolled cell growth, errors, and cancer.
Cells read the DNA code to manufacture new proteins
When methylation in DNA is low they’re getting more instructions than usual do meaning more genes in the DNA are exposed and can be read all at once. They start following too many instructions, conflicting instructions, causing uncontrolled growth, mutations, and abnormalities.
Regular methylation keeps most instructions locked tightly so the cell can’t read all instructions all at once.
Methionine Synthesis Foods
Folic Acid – dark leafy greens, sunflower seeds and lentils
Vitamin B12 – Meat, Liver and Shellfish – Can only be animal derived so a supplement would be required in plant based diet
Vitamin B6 – Whole grain, vegetable and nuts
Tri-methyl glycine (TMG)