Methylation is one of the most important series of chemical reactions in the body. It is involved in repairing our DNA and protecting it against toxic damage. It also helps control hormones and reduces homocysteine levels, a compound that damages blood vessels.
Methylation supports detoxification, aids the nervous system and helps keep inflammation low and aids many other important body reactions. Studies have shown that individuals with autism may have impaired methylation, and this may be due to defective methylation genes such as the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase or MTHFR which disables their ability to use folate or vitamin B9 effectively and results in reduced production of glutathione (our body’s most potent anti oxidant).
Glutathione protects body cells against damage caused by free radicals or reactive oxygen species (unstable molecules) and helps the body neutralize toxins such as pesticides and heavy metals. Methylation is required to support many common biomedical problems associated with children with autism, ADHD and ADD.Please click here to continue reading about Methylation and Autism.
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