Methylation and mental health

Umahro Cadogan Functional medicine expert

Methylation is a crucial process in neurological functioning, as it's important for the production and metabolism of neurotransmitters, the functioning of cell membrane receptors for these neurotransmitters, energy production, the transcription and silencing of genes, the metabolism of some hormones and blood flow.

 

Both excess and insufficient methylation can play a role in disturbed neurological and cognitive functioning and therefore play a role in mental disorders as well as learning and developmental disorders.

 

Understanding how methylation works, how to assess its status and supporting optimum function through diet, lifestyle and supplementation can play an important part in the toolbox of people who practice ‘biological psychiatry’ (often the role of nutritional therapists and naturopath and work with learning and developmental disorders).

 

Ensuring sufficient methyl donors, such as folate, B12 and betaine, in the diet and through supplementation as well as limiting biochemical reactions that interfere with lowering oxidative and toxic stress are all important for properly functioning methylation.

 

Using the right forms of nutrients can make all the difference, since genetic polymorphisms will effect how some of us use certain nutrients. In many cases, using specific forms of nutrients may be able to negate these problems.

 

Wild Nutrition at Camexpo

 

To discover more on methylation and Food-Grown® nutrients, join us at Camexpo this year, which is taking place on Saturday 24th-Sunday 25th September at Olympia London. Umahro Cadogan’s talk will be guiding us through the what, why and how of methylation on Saturday afternoon at 3:45pm.

 

For more information and to book your ticket, hop across to: http://www.camexpo.co.uk/speaker/umharo-cadogan

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