We love pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds for their rich minerals, B vitamins and essential fatty acids. They also make a delicious snack, especially in a methylation trail mix recipe like this one.
Chocolate tip: Look for organic, dark chocolate (70%+ cacao) wherever you can. Check to make sure you’re comfortable with the ingredients!
What is methylation? Methylation is one of those fundamental processes happening in each of our cells ALL of the time. Poor methylation is connected with myriad health conditions, including heart disease, depression, birth defects, and more. Specific nutrients are essential for the proper functioning of methylation activity in the body, including those provided by this recipe. You can read more about methylation here.
The “dance of methylation” extends far beyond supplementing with B12 and methylated folate. Indeed, long term outcome studies using this approach are lacking, and research suggests caution is advised with regard to imbalanced hypermethylation. However, much can be done to safely support methylation balance.
Sparing “methyl donor drain” through appropriate lifestyle interventions, including reducing total body inflammation, augmenting the microbiome and promoting exercise, stress reduction and sufficient sleep, along with a careful dietary prescription that supports methyl donor reserve is a safe, nuanced approach which allows the complex, homeodynamic process of methylation to take place.
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