Introduction to The Vagus Nerve
In people with fatigue, food sensitivities, anxiety and gut problems, brain fog and depersonalization, the vagus nerve is almost always at play. These people have lower vagal tone, which means a lower ability of the vagus nerve to activate.
The only question is what aspect of the vagus nerve is malfunctioning and how much the vagus nerve is a problem vs. other aspects of your biology.
The vagus nerve is part of the parasympathetic nervous system, referred to as the rest and digest system. It’s not the only nerve ... ..more
*Circulatory & blood clotting factors
*DNA synthesis & repair via thymidine synthesis
*Gene expression via epigenetic regulations such as histone modification
*Nitric oxide synthesis, aka blood vessel elasticity
*Removal of homocysteine, a potentially toxic and atherogenic amino acid
*Synthesis of powerhouse antioxidants such as Glutathione & SOD
*Neurotransmitter synthesis & degradation - dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, glutamate, GABA
*Biotransformation (aka “metabolism & detoxification”) of chemicals, carcinogens & drugs
*Synthesis of immune cells
*B-12 & Folate utilization
*Organ, tissue and fetal development
While their program is expensive it does seem like it would really make one a kind of expert.
Now if I could just find common, insured tests for ... ..more
By Helen Janneson Bense
A1298C single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) affects the enzyme known as 5,10 MethyleneTetraHydroFolate Reductase (MTHFR). This polymorphism involves a down regulation of the MTHFR enzyme, responsible for the backwards reaction of the folate cycle, where 5-methylfolate (5MTHF) is converted into tetrahydrofolate (THF). This reaction is most important for the production of BH4 – tetrahydrobiopterin. Each turn of the folate cycle and conversion of 5MTHF to THF produces 1 molecule of BH4. In heterozygous and homozygous states, enzyme activity will be compromised by
approximately 30% and 70% respectively.
Functions of BH4
Cofactor for all three isotypes of nitric ... ..more
I found this excellent description in Amy Yasko's forum: ch3nutrigenomics.com. It was posted by one of the members on the site- raji: http://www.ch3nutrigenomics...
This is a private blog, but it is a very rich source of information about methylation, nutrigenomics and dietary supplementation
Here is a copy of the post:
Methyl group: A methyl group is simply a single carbon atom bonded to 3 hydrogen atoms (CH3).
Methylation: Transfer of methyl groups from one chemical to another is called methylation. Essentially any chemical compound that has a methyl group as part of its chemical ... ..more
Summary of analogies used in methylation community: CEOs: Directs each corporation in organized steps
Supervisors: Enzymes such as MTHFRs, COMT, SHMT, and BHMT
Enzymes are proteins that are produced by living cells and regulate the body’s process to breakdown products, such as ammonia.
Employees: Chemicals, proteins, DNA, etc.
Work tags: Methyl groups (Homocysteine, SAM, Methionine) The Chain Gang: Homocysteine (HCY)
Synopsis of the Cycles
1). Power Plant = Citric Acid Cycle =
Formerly known as the Kreb’s cycle) Recognized as the mitochondrial or energy cycle
2). Garbage Dump (& Recycling) =
The urea cycle, ammonia cleanup & nitric oxide production (heart/blood vessel protection)
3). Better Health 4 Life Corp (BH4) = Communications “AT&T” & toxic waste cleanup Neurotalkers: Dopamine, Serotonin, & Norepi
4). SAM’s Corp. = Methionine Cycle =
The major producer of methyl donors and the passageway to the garbage dump (NOS) & liver via the CBS enzyme
5). Farmer Folate = Folate Cycle =
Homegrown” RNA & DNA, methyl groups and Homocysteine (HCY) regulation
The Meaning of Methylation
Methylation is truly a multi-tasking marvel that allows us to be “healthy and human.” Though this highly intricate process occurs within each cell as well as in the fluid supplying the brain and within the liver, it is responsible for the most vital undertakings throughout body chemistry. Methylation determines who we are, what we look like, and how we behave and it is central to our physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Without methylation, we could not survive; hence, it is the perfect pathway to focus on for understanding autoimmune ... ..more
There is little known about the A1298C MTHFR mutation. Or so it seems.
Research seems to ignore it almost completely while the C677T MTHFR mutation gets all the attention and glory.
For those who have the A1298C MTHFR mutation, this is frustrating.
Symptoms exist and doctors are saying there is no correlation between the MTHFR A1298C mutation and your symptoms – right?
I’d like to prove them wrong – at least for the symptoms which do correlate with the A1298C MTHFR mutation.
The MTHFR A1298C mutation may affect you if you are either:
--Homozygous A1298C MTHFR mutation
--Compound heterozgous A1298C + C677T ... ..more
The Major Tasks of Methylation
In order to provide a brief overview, the following methylation tasks have been vastly streamlined. In reality, there is an endless array of both direct and indirect Methylation activities within the human body. Even so, this summary should provide greater understanding of this highly complex pathway, as well as the complications that can arise from various defects or toxic exposures.
Methylation is responsible for the following:
1. Nervous system function (brain, spinal cord, & nerve cells). It’s critical for the insulation around nerves (myelin), which allows signals to properly transmit via this sheath, or outer ... ..more
These are the ultimate “bad guys” that roam from place to place stealing every cell’s positive energy and leaving them for dead. How are these criminals produced? Though there are many contributing factors, the Urea Cycle
( waste facility ) is by far, the largest free radical and oxidant producer in the community. Remember the waste facility aka #urea cycle is responsible for cleaning up most of the toxic waste generated within the community. Think of this cycle as your local garbage dump replete with trucks transporting recyclables and trash via the liver’s main highway ( #CBS ). In the Waste Facility ... ..more
Perhaps the best way to think of neurotransmitters is with an automobile example. Most automobiles in the United States are made to cruise at 60-70 miles per hour, perfect for interstate highways and that summer vacation. If we place that same automobile on a racetrack and drive day-after-day at 130 mph, two things would happen:
1). Parts would fail and
2). We would run the engine so hot that we’d likely evaporate or burnout the oil.
In fact, neurotransmitters such as serotonin act as the brain’s “oil”.
Comparable to a normal automobile on a race track, when we ... ..more
Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) supports one's health, well-being and detoxification and can be defective in a fairly large percentage of our population. About 45% of Caucasians, 70% of Hispanics and about 30% of southern Italians have a genetic defect.
The MTHFR gene produces the MTHFR enzyme. This enzyme is responsible for the circulating form of folate. Folate is very important in homocysteine regulation. The MTHFR enzyme metabolizes folic acid into 5-MTHF, which is needed to combine with homocysteine to break it down and to facilitate methylation (detoxification) processes in the body. The MTHFR enzyme is essential for the body to ... ..more
It is important to understand the basics of methylation, and although a more detailed study of #methylation chemistry may be interesting, for our needs, it is not really necessary to study it here as it will only serve to confuse matters, so only the most important aspects will be considered.
Put simply, the methylation process makes #neurotransmitters (mood building blocks), and the issue of a person being an under or over methylator can be confusing, because there is contradiction between the various sources of information on the methylation process. For our purposes, we'll say that an over methylator is ... ..more
MAO-A (Monoamine oxidase A) is a critical enzyme involved in breaking down important neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. While a homozygous (+/+) mutation is very common, prolonged periods of stress, violence, or trauma can lead to epigenetic changes that further decrease enzyme activity. On the table above, males only have one allele since the gene is inherited through from their mother since it is located on the X chromosome.
Males are more likely to have this mutation, represented on the table as homozygous (+). Only females can be heterozygous (+/-) for this mutation.
When a (+/+) MAO-A mutation is combined with a ... ..more
A chemical made in the BH4 cycle, which is used to produce dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters strategic in regulating mood, sleep, attention and focus, reward seeking behavior, addiction, and sense of wellbeing. BH4 is also critical in the urea cycle (waste facility) for cleaning up ammonia and making nitric oxide. A shortage of this important chemical has widespread repercussions.
Tetrahydrobiopterin BH4 Cycle produces the BH4 used for making neuro-talkers (dopamine, epinephrine, nor-epi, serotonin, & melatonin). It cleans up toxic ammonia in The Waste Cycle & makes Nitric oxide to protect the heart & brain.
Though controversy exists regarding this cycle’s function, Dr. Yasko’s theory indicates that The Big Motherflipper (MTHFR A1298C) may drive this cycle in the reverse direction and several independent studies support this finding. This leads to a chemical exchange among BH2 to BH4, a multi-purpose product that is used in both the Waste Facility (urea cycle) and BH4 Industry. Within the Better Health 4 Life Industry, BH4 produces chemicals known as neurotransmitters, or neurotalkers (NTs), including dopamine, serotonin, melatonin, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. NTs are central for the communication between nerves and cells as well as stabilizing the crisis response, mood, and sleep cycles. Chronically low BH4 levels increase the risk for ADD/ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and many other quality of life issues. Think of this company as AT&T with a philanthropic twist since it donates BH4 to the Waste Facility for environmental clean up as well as supporting the community in health & wellbeing.
The Waste Facility uses BH4 to clean up toxic ammonia and generates nitric oxide, an element that keeps blood vessels open and free of plaque. Yet if BH4 is scarce, it cannot clean up waste or deliver vital nutrients to the Power Plant (fumarate) so that noxious chemicals back up into SAM’s Corporation. Given the fact that it takes 2 grains of BH4 to clean up 1 granule of ammonia, as well as 2 of BH4 to create just 1 bit of nitric oxide, its easy to see how problems might arise. This underscores the BH4 Industry’s role throughout the community since unlike an actual factory; it isn’t permitted to shut down for repairs or maintenance.
While there are many factors that may impact this cycle, several are listed below:
1. A ... ..more
Think “delightful dialogue” with #dopamine since this #neurotransmitter is crucial for happiness, a sense of wellbeing, and language. It’s also involved in #muscle control and function. Dopamine is responsible for #motivation , interest, #mood , #speech , and contentment. It is also associated with positive #stress states such as being in love, exercising, listening to music, and of course, #sex . When you don't have enough dopamine, you may have difficulty initiating or completing tasks. Deficiencies also lead to poor #concentration , little or no energy, and lack of motivation. This could be the culprit if you lack the initiative to study the ... ..more
#Homocysteine is a toxic waste by-product of protein and amino acid metabolism, and #methylation in the body is going on constantly, converting this damaging homocysteine into the #antioxidant #glutathione.
Methylation also converts homocysteine into an important biochemical called #SAMe , a vital methyl donor for the production of the all important neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin and their derivatives. This is how the body makes good use of this toxic element.
Keeping homocysteine at a healthy, low level is extremely important for keeping our risk of heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer's disease as low as possible. High levels of homocysteine, if left ... ..more
MAO A Monamine Oxidase. This “Mops up Serotonin”
This enzyme defect allows you to spare serotonin, another “feel good hormone”. A partial defect can be useful in maintaining this important neuro-talker in the community, particularly when bacteria are present. Bacteria often gobble up tryptophan, the major precursor to serotonin so that anyone with bacterial issues (history of recurrent infections, gut issues, etc), tend to have low serotonin levels. Nevertheless, a full defect can lead to more serotonin sparing, though you are probably still somewhat low despite this full block.
Since this enzyme acts much like the COMT, only in filtering ... ..more