September 24


Methylation & microRNA | Epigenetics Part 2

By heheals

September 24, 2020

Two processes that influence epigenetics are methylation and microRNA (miRNA). Methylation occurs when a methyl group attaches to a gene, adding tags that can either turn it on or off. miRNAs can alter the expression of genes that synthesize proteins. With whole food nutrition, you can harness methylation and miRNAs to influence genetic expression and improve general health and wellbeing. If you haven’t yet seen it, be sure to watch Epigenetics Part I.

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  1. In the first example about the beet, those nutrients (betaine and B vitamins) are part of 1-carbon metabolism, aka the metabolism of the methyl group, that is taken from Methionine and used to methylate DNA. Methionine becomes Homocysteine, that can be reversed to Methionine with those nutrients. If you lack those, your homocysteine levels will rise, and that's a biomarker.

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