We all know the NutriBullet makes nutrition from fruits and vegetables more absorbable, but I bet you didn't realize just how important the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals can actually be. As you'll discover, most nutrients work together in our bodies to make processes happen. Some of these processes make things, some change things and others destroy things. As a by-product of some processes, toxic or damaging compounds are made. If you're lacking one of the nutrients vital to these processes, DNA damage can occur over time, creating illness and disease.
Most of my clients don't understand the importance the right or wrong foods play in their health. A lot of what I do is explain how the lack of nutrients from people's diets are related to their current state of health. Certain nutrients are absolutely critical for different body processes to function. If you're eating a diet rich in processed, refined and fast foods, you're missing essential nutrients that can protect you from many adverse health conditions, illnesses and diseases. Just like you can't build a house without wood, nails and tools, your body systems can't work properly without certain nutrients in adequate amounts.
Have You Heard of Methylation or Homocysteine?
I doubt you've ever heard of methylation or homocysteine -- most well-trained and educated physicians haven't! Both have a big impact on your health at the cellular level and are tied together in a unique way. Your diet has a huge influence on both the methylation process and homocysteine.
- What is methylation?
Methylation is a key biochemical process that occurs millions, maybe even a billion, times per second and is critical, even essential for the proper function of almost all of your body’s systems. It helps repair your DNA, reduce inflammation and keep the cellular detoxification system functioning at optimal levels. The methylation process helps recycle two very powerful molecules (Sam-e and GSH from homocysteine - a damaging protein) and is very dependent on vitamins B6, B12, folate (vitamin B9) and the compound betaine in order to function.
- What is homocysteine?
Homocysteine is a protein formed during the methylation process in our bodies. Without adequate B12, B6, folate and betaine, homocysteine levels increase. These B vitamins and betaine are used to recycle homocysteine into those two powerful molecules mentioned above, which are considered the most power cellular protectors in our body.
How Does Homocysteine Affect Our Health?
As homocysteine levels increase, our DNA is damaged and cellular inflammation increases throughout our bodies. Higher levels of homocysteine are associated with an increase in heart disease and cancer in some studies. Consistently, it's been shown that levels of HDL (heart-protective cholesterol) were low when homocysteine levels were high -- all while folate, B6 and B12 levels were low, as well.
Basically, more of these nutrients lower homocysteine levels, increasing heart-protective HDL cholesterol levels.
Similar relationships were shown between hymocysteine levels and the development of certain cancers, especially breast cancer.
Which Foods Help the Process?
To make sure our methylation process is working optimally, we need adequate amounts of B6, B12, folate and the nutrient choline. The foods below are the best sources of these nutrients.
Folate (Vitamin B9)
Blue green algae
Eggs (more in free range organic)
Choline (used to make betaine)
If you want to protect your DNA and heart, make sure you are getting adequate levels of B6, B12, folate and choline. Eat a variety of colorful foods daily to help reduce your risk of disease and illness.