Undermethylation is a mental health condition. Mental health symptoms can arise from being undermethylated. Some of these symptoms for conditions such as depression and schizoaffective disorder (among others) include:
Denial of Illness
Attempt to hide the illness
Obsessions & compulsions
Adverse reaction to Folic Acid
Low pain tolerance
Calm but inner tension
Undermethylated people who are prone to depression may sometimes improve after SSRIs and have good responses to antihistamines. They do not do well with benzodiazepines, a typical type of anti-anxiety medication.
What Can Help?
The nutrients Methionine and SAMe can help undermethylated people that suffer from mental illness. These two are natural serotonin reuptake inhibitors. This can be an alternative choice to SSRI’s that are less sensational and with fewer to no side effects.
Methionine and SAMe increase histone methylation. This can inhibit the gene expression of serotonin transport proteins. This increases serotonin in synapses and produces higher serotonin activity.
Undermethylated people need to stay clear of folic acid. Check your pantry to see if your bread and cereals contain folic acid, check your supplements. See how you react. If you think you are undermethylated, try staying clear of these.
Other important nutrients include calcium, magnesium, and zinc. In addition, nutrients that enhance serotonin production can be helpful, such a tryptophan, vitamin B6, and 5-HTP. Antioxidants are important for methylation therapy as well and some of these include vitamin A, Vitamin C, and vitamin E.
Low homocysteine levels are commonly found with undermethylation, although sometimes it may be high in individuals.
It has been found that undermethylated people need to stay away from folates such as methyl folate and folic acid. Others argue that since undermethylated people are usually low in folate, they desperately need some in their diets. If you decide to incorporate folate into your diet, try natural folate or folinic acid instead of the methylated form first to see how it reacts with your mind and body.
Other nutrients to avoid include choline, manganese, copper, and DMAE.
You can get tested without a hassle. Visit mytelemedicine online today and speak with a nutritionist. You are going to want to get a histamine panel test. I also advise getting a CBC test to check your vitamin status along with a pyrrole test to check all possible conditions.