Is Undermethylation triggering your OCD?

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Sometimes referred to as Histadelia, Undermethylation is a condition that is starting to gain recognition in the medical community as a possible contributor to obsessive compulsive disorders, depression, anxiety and addictions.

The hallmark of undermethylation is low levels of calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6 and methionine as well as very high levels of folic acid. Common symptoms of the condition can include:

  • Depression, Anxiety and related mental health conditions
  • Allergies
  • Poor quality sleep
  • Irregular moods
  • Poor memory
  • Obsessive compulsive behaviours
  • Addictions
  • Migraines
  • Fatigue
  • Intolerance to heat
  • Nausea
  • Excessive saliva production
  • Joint stiffness
  • Excessive sweating and skin that is warm to the touch.

What causes Undermethylation?

Methylation is a natural biochemical process whereby certain chemicals in the methyl group interact with neurotransmitters, immune cells, hormones, nerve cells as well as our DNA to create methylated compounds. These methylated compounds are crucial to a number of essential bodily functions including:

  • Detoxification
  • Gene regulation
  • Hormone regulation
  • Repair of DNA, cell membranes and immune functions
  • Production of neurotransmitters.

When not enough of these methylated compounds are being produced, Undermethylation occurs and histamine builds up in the body which in turn supresses the production of the ‘happy’ chemicals, serotonin and dopamine. The excess histamine also leads to many of the symptoms mentioned above.

Can you treat Undermethylation naturally?

In many cases the answer is yes. There are drugs available that can successfully treat Undermethylation however many people report improvement after taking a practitioner-recommended course of vitamins including calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6 and methionine. Getting levels of these vitamins back up to optimal levels appears to go some way to correcting the imbalance and improving symptoms for sufferers of Undermethylation.

As every person has differing nutritional requirements, we recommend people who suspect they may suffer from undermethylation consult an integrative doctor and get tested before starting a course of vitamins. An integrative doctor has the skills and knowledge to properly assess which supplements will be best for you.

For a full list of integrative doctors who understand undermethylation in your area, consult our free Find a Doctor database.

Note from National Custom Compounding: We regularly work with integrative doctors to make up multi-vitamin supplements in combinations especially custom-made for your individual requirements. For more information and no obligation advice contact us on 1300 731 755 or [email protected].

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