Methionine is a super important amino acid for methylation reactions. It turns into S-adenosyl methionine, SAMe, which is your body’s main methyl donor. Beyond that, it supplies sulfur for detoxification pathways, and acts as a scavenger for pro-oxidant molecules. It needs to be supplied by your diet or supplementation, and your GI tract needs to be in reasonable shape to get it across its mucosal membrane.
In her upcoming book, Dr. Amy Yasko gives this advice about maintaining its levels:
Methionine is a critical part of your cycle for making methyl groups. Low levels of methionine suggest a need to support both the long route, the pathway that uses the MTR/MTRR enzymes, and the short cut, the BHMT pathway.
Amino Assist Spray or capsules can be added for low levels of methionine. For methylation cycle support, use PS/PC/PE, DHA, and All in One. This supports the short cut pathway. Then, MethylMate A can be added. MethylMate A and short cut support can be added even while lithium is still low. Check lithium on a HMT prior to adding extra B12 or higher levels of Black Bear, a source of B12 and molybdenum. Finally, once lithium is in balance, add extra B12 and MethylMate B.
If methionine remains low, you can add sprinkles of methionine. If you are adding methionine, be sure you have support for the methylation cycle in place so you can process the methionine and homocysteine that is generated as a result.
Alternately, high methionine is sometimes seen in those who are ACAT +. The use of ACAT/BHMT capsules may help to restore methionine to healthy, balanced levels. High levels of methionine have also been reported to cause increased tryptophan levels, as well as lower serotonin and GABA. Theoretically, this is due to competition for B vitamins, in particular B6 or P5P. Therefore, if your methionine levels are high, consider Ultimate B, and check tryptophan on a UAA, as well as relative levels of glutamate to GABA.
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