Thorne’s Methyl-Guard Plus was formulated to provide the exact nutrients your body needs to support efficient methylation.
Methylation is the process in which an organic chemical group (methyl - one carbon plus three hydrogen atoms) attaches to another biological chemical. This process creates improved biochemical efficiency, to put it very simply. It’s vital for areas of neurotransmitter production, heart health, detox, eye, muscle and bone health, as well as antioxidant support.
- Those needing additional methylation support
- Elevated homocysteine levels (a metabolic byproduct that indicates poor methylation)
- Heart health - homocysteine is associated with some forms of heart disease
- Brain health
- Supporting deficient methylation pathways
- Detoxification - detox pathways can be hampered by poor methylation
A large part of the population doesn’t have the ability to methylate well - chalk this up to what’s termed ‘biochemical individuality’. With the recent advances in the understanding of methylation, researchers have stressed the importance of supplying the correct forms of methylated nutrients to fully support the methylation process in those people that need it.
Thorne’s Methyl-Guard Plus supports the methylation process by suppling clinically effective amounts of:
- 5-MTHF (the active, methylated form of folate)
- Riboflavin 5’-phosphate (the active form of vitamin B2),
- Betaine (trimethylglycine)
- Pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (the active form of vitamin B6),
- Methylcobalamin (an active form of vitamin B12).
Homocysteine is biological chemical that’s produced as a side effect of normal metabolism. However, elevated levels of this compound are associated with poor heart and brain health. Keeping homocysteine levels in check is easily achieved by supplying the correct (methylated) forms of vitamins B6 and B12. Poor diet, biochemical ‘glitches’ and advancing age put us all at risk for less than efficient methylation and resulting increased levels of homocysteine.
You can test your body’s ability to methylate through a few different blood tests - the first is measuring levels of homocysteine (elevated levels can be indicative of poor methylation) as well as measuring for mutations in the gene that code for methylation, known as methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. Ask your functional medicine clinician to test these for you!
In the meantime, if you’ve already been tested or just want the extra assurance that your body’s methylation process is working well, Thorne’s Methyl-Guard Plus is your answer.