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What is methylation?

What is methylation?

Methylation is the process of a molecule known as a 'methyl group', made up of 1 carbon and 3 hydrogens atoms, being applied in countless critical functions in your body such as thinking, repairing and protecting DNA, turning genes on and off, fighting infections, detoxifying estrogen and environmental toxins...

Methylation occurs probably billions of times every second in every cell in your body!

Many important processes in your body rely on healthy methylation. Your methylation genes plus right nutritional choices will determine how well you methylate. Problems with methylation are involved in neurological dysfunction, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, heart disease and cancer.

The good news is that methylation can be optimised through personalising your nutrition, environment choices based on your unique DNA and biochemistry. This is key to preventing many lifestyle-related chronic diseases and working towards your optimal wellness potential.

How do I join circles around my methylation genes daily?

1. KNOW MORE

Start by knowing more about methylation. Do our Methylation Quiz, watch Dr Kara Fitzgerald's short videos below, and download her ebooks for the latest research on methylation. 

 

2. DNA

Do a DNA test take a look at the DNA | Health* or DNA | Methylation Panel*. These will show whether your methylation genes have any 'misspellings'. If they do, they'll extra support. 

 

3. BIOCHEMISTRY

Measure and track how your body is methylating in real-time by doing a homocysteine blood test at a lab, or order our advanced comprehensive biochemistry Methylation Profile

 

 4. INTEGRATE NEL

Integrate personalised nutrition, environment and lifestyle choices daily that nourish, protect and nurture your methylation biochemistry.

If you want to explore specific products for your gene variations, go to 'SHOP BY GENE' in our main menu, choose the gene your DNA report showed has variations, and you'll find key products for that gene.  

*Please check all the DNA test combo prices before deciding on the DNA | Health and DNA | Methylation panel. Combining other DNA tests with these tests will give better price value.

Let's begin...

1. KNOW MORE | METHYLATION

Our Methylation Quiz

Do our quiz to see if you have issues with methylation.

Methylation Expert | Dr Kara Fitzgerald (ND, IFMCP)

We've joined circles with Dr Kara Fitzgerald, a world-renowned expert on the subject of methylation. Dr Kara has a clinic in the USA that uses the principles of Functional Medicine to help people with methylation issues.

In the 3 videos below, Dr Heidi asked Dr Kara to describe 'methylation' in simple terms. 

How do you support optimal methylation?

What are the correct quantities of methylation nutrients?

2. DNA & BIOCHEMISTRY TESTS | METHYLATION

A DNA test can show whether your body has any genetic 'misspellings' ('variations' or 'SNP's') for coding enzymes involved in methylation. If you do, you might have signs of imbalances in your biochemistry and symptoms in your body. You can measure and track these biochemical imbalances with a methylation biochemistry test. Pairing a DNA test + a methylation biochemistry test is a great way to getting a lot of good info with which to start creating your personalised methylation support protocol. 

"This DNA | Methylation Panel is the same methylation panel that is found in the DNA | Health test. Unless price is an issue, or you have a specific reason for only wanting to test your methylation genes, please consider doing the DNA | Health test. Looking at genes around your methylation pathways will give you a far more comprehensive overview of related biochemical processes. If you need help deciding on which test is right for you, please call or email me: drheidi@joincircles.com"

- Dr Heidi

Methylation genes tested in our DNA | Health & DNA | Estrogen tests

3. INTEGRATE

NUTRITION | METHYLATION

Nourish your methylation biochemistry by eating and supplementing key nutrients required for optimal methylation.

Certain vitamins and nutrients are needed for methylation to work optimally. Below are foods that are rich in these key nutrients. If you know you aren't going to get through enough of these foods in your day, or if you have genetic variations that need extra methylation support, consider supplementing.

 

Foods that nourish methylation:

 

VITAMIN B6

Tuna, turkey, beef, chicken, salmon, sunflower seeds, spinach, bananas, sweet potatoes

VITAMIN B12

Liver, beef, chicken, fish, eggs, rainbow trout, salmon, haddock, tuna

FOLATE

Liver, chicken, egg yolk, lentils, split peas, soybeans, almonds, potatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, beetroot, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, bok choy, asparagus, bananas, peaches

METHIONINE

Egg white, whole eggs, sesame seeds, Brazil nuts, soy protein, chicken, tuna, beef, chickpea, almonds, pinto beans, lentils, brown rice

ENVIRONMENT | METHYLATION

LIFESTYLE | METHYLATION

SHOP BY GENE

SHOP BY GENE

If you want to explore specific products for your gene variations, go to 'SHOP BY GENE' in our main menu, choose the gene your DNA report showed has variations, and you'll find key products for that gene.  

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