Methylation is a chemical reaction that occurs in every cell in your body on every single day of your life. From a chemical perspective, Methylation is adding methyl groups to a molecule.
What makes Methylation so important?
Methylation facilitates and supports many tasks in the body. Three of the most relevant are:
1: Methylation & Detoxification
Methylation is one of the six pathways of the second phase of hepatic biotransformation, which is the medical term of what is often called “detoxification“. Hepatic biotransformation is the process of detoxification that occurs in the liver. The methylation process helps convert the toxic amino acid such as homocysteine into a beneficial amino acid, in this case, methionine. If your body cannot methylate properly, toxins build up in your bloodstream. They will eventually cause further problems such as cardiovascular disease and, more relevant to the gym scenario, a gain in body fat and loss in drive and progress. Methylation is key to optimising detoxification and body fat loss (especially in the legs).
2: Methylation & Brain Function
Methylation plays a vital role in producing neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. Dopamine is critical for training drive and muscular contraction. Serotonin is essential for recovery and deep sleep. Therefore, optimal Methylation plays a crucial role in getting the most out of your training, food, and sleep.
3: Methylation & Resilience
Everyone has some degree of stress in their life, and everyone has felt the adverse effects of stress on performance and wellbeing. However, everyone responds to stress differently. While many factors have a great deal of influence on our perception of stress, specific genes such as the COMT gene and its effect on Methylation make someone more or less sensitive to pressure. One big reason why stress affects each of us differently is how well our bodies can detoxify catecholamines – the chemicals of stress – primarily regulated by Methylation. This means optimal Methylation controls how well the brain and the body react to stress. Improving Methylation is, therefore, a key component to optimise resilience. And resilience is a key component to everyday performance in and out of the gym.
How to improve Methylation?
From a nutritional standpoint, supporting and improving Methylation is primarily done by supplementing so-called methyl donors. The product we advocate for optimal Methylation is the YPSI ‘Methyl Komplex’.
This product is designed to optimise Methylation, Detoxification, Gut Health and Energy Production.
It has the following benefits:
- Provides a broad-spectrum source of B-Vitamins
- Optimises Methylation for faster and greater detoxification, primarily to aid the loss of lower body fat
- increases Energy Production and COMT Gene expression for greater physical and cognitive performance
- Increase Serotonin and Melatonin production for deeper Sleep and greater Wellbeing
- It helps optimise Homocysteine levels
Source: www.ypsi.de / Wolfgang Unsoeld
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