We have seen how important vitaminD3 and B12 are for maintaining good balance.
The Methylation Cycle
Nutrients are also the basis for methylation, which is a biochemical reaction in the body that can (from The Methylation Miracle):
- Increase your energy level
- Boost your mood
- Enhance your heart health
- Reduce cancer risk
- And possibly slow the aging process.
The nutrients that have a direct effect on methylation are folate, B6, B12, and TMG (trimethylglycine). Nutrients that work along with them are choline, zinc, and magnesium. The methylation cycle can be enhanced with these supplements, in combination with diet changes and lifestyle modification.
Books on methylation:
- The Methylation Miracle: Unleash your body’s natural source of SAMe by Paul Frankel, Ph.D. with Nancy Pauline Bruning
- Methyl Magic: Maximum Health through Methylation by Craig Cooney, Ph.D. with Bill Lawren
If you would like “A Mickey Mouse explanation of the Methylation Cycle,” read on.
Lab test to see how well your methylation cycle is doing: the fasting homocysteine test. Your blood is drawn in the morning before eating. Additional tests that may be available from Specialty Laboratories:
- serum folate
- methylmalonic acid
Where Can I Get my general nutrient levels tested?
- In the drop down box “Search by,” click on “Wellness Goal.”
- In the drop down box “Wellness goal,” click on “Nutritional Concerns.”
- You’ll see a variety of options available to test nutritional status.
- Your doctor will need an account with Genova Diagnostics, which can be opened free of charge.
SpectraCell Laboratories: Click on appropriate links. To my knowledge, only the cardiovascular tests are available in New York at this time. However, the other tests are available in New Jersey and Connecticut.
Do my prescription medications deplete nutrients?
Yes, they can. You can find information in these books:
- Drug Muggers: Which Medications Are Robbing Your Body of Essential Nutrients – and Natural Ways to Restore Them by Suzy Cohen, RPh
- Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook, 2nd Edition by Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD, CCN, James B. LaValle, RPh, DHM, NMD, CCN, Ernest B. Hawkins, RPh, MS, and Daniel L. Krinsky, RPh, MS (from Lexi-Comp’s Clinical Reference Library).
Nutrients for Neuropathy by John A. Senneff