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Healthy Aging: Methylation

Methylation is the process of activating a molecule through the addition of a methyl group to ensure the proper functioning of metabolic pathways and efficient enzyme activity. Methylation helps to regulate your neurological, cardiovascular, reproductive, and detox systems.

One of methylation's most important roles in your body is keeping your homocysteine levels in check. Homocysteine is an amino acid your body uses to make proteins. You should have very little in your bloodstream, as high levels of homocysteine can cause cardiovascular problems. Unfortunately, your homocysteine levels increase as you age, so the importance of efficient methylation also increases with age.

Foods that can improve the methylation cycle include:

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Green, leafy vegetables
  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Lentils,
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Rice

In addition, bioTE makes a nutraceutical that provides five essential methylation nutrients in their most bioavailable forms.

  • bioTE Methyl Factors+
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