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Better Methylation = Better Brain

From eNewsletter 11/13/2019

DID YOU KNOW that children who play sports are less likely to experience withdrawn and depressive symptoms compared with their counterparts who do not engage in sports, according to new research presented at the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting? There was a significant difference between children who played two or more sports versus those who played zero or one. Students who take part in physical exercises like star jumps or running on the spot during school lessons do better in tests than peers who stick to sedentary learning, according to a new study from British Journal of Sports Medicine. This was one of the first studies aimed at assessing the benefits of incorporating physical activity in academic lessons. This approach has been adopted by schools seeking to increase activity levels among students without reducing academic teaching time.


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BETTER METHYLATION = BETTER BRAIN

Steve and Bonnie: You've read and heard us discuss methylation ad nauseam. 

Methylation is crucial for most bodily functions, but none more important than brain function. A study from last week's JAMA Psychiatry highlights this notion.


The researchers examined the association between methylation status with incident dementia and structural brain changes in older, dementia-free adults. 


After following these individuals for 6 years, they found that those with the best methionine (good) to homocysteine (bad) ratio had a decreased risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.


Most importantly, the researchers found what led to higher methionine status, and thus, lower dementia and Alzheimer's risk, was optimal B12 and folate levels. The study elucidated that vitamin B12 and folate are key for reducing the rate of brain atrophy.


Here are two best ways to see how well you methylate from a preventive and real-time perspective:


Pure Genomics Screening - There is an entire panel dedicated to the genes associated with methylation and your ability to utilize the three most important nutrients for methylation: vitamin B12, folate, and vitamin B6.


Serum (blood) Homocysteine Test - Commonly performed blood test that when elevated, shows an issue with lack of, or not absorbing properly, your vitamin B12 and/or folate from food and supplements.


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