Methylation – the addition of a methyl group (CH4 – one carbon attached to three hydrogens) to another molecule – is an essential and vital biochemical process within the human body that is involved in a large number of biochemical pathways involving neurotransmitters‚ detoxification‚ cardiovascular health‚ eye health‚ muscle health‚ bone health‚ and redox balance. A number of specific nutrients are necessary for methylation to occur normally.
Methyl-Guard Plus contains higher amounts of 5-MTHF (the active form of folate)‚ pyridoxal 5′-phosphate (active B6)‚ and methylcobalamin (active B12)‚ than our original Methyl-Guard. We have also added riboflavin 5′-phosphate (the active form of vitamin B2) for its positive effect on homocysteine metabolism and methylation. These ingredients provide the necessary nutrients the body uses to push forward the process of methylation.
In order for you to properly absorb nutrients‚ eliminate waste and maintain a healthy immune system‚ your gastrointestinal tract must be functioning at optimal levels. Maintaining a good gut ecology through a healthy balance of gut flora is a vital component of maintaining good health.
For centuries‚ fatty acids have been used to help the body maintain an optimal balance of the microorganisms within the GI tract, and in the past 50 years studies have been performed to back up that primal knowledge.
Formula SF722 contains undecylenic acid‚ a very strong fatty acid that works to support a healthy gut and flora balance in the vagina.
Thorne Research’s Vitamin D / K2 Liquid is a powerful‚ hypoallergenic formula that provides the great health benefits of both vitamin D-3 and vitamin K-2 in liquid form. These two crucial nutrients deliver important support for the health of your bones‚ while also promoting the healthy functioning of your cardiovascular system.
Vitamin D3—This fat-soluble vitamin has a crucial role in preserving healthy levels of calcium in the blood. Your body uses vitamin D to move calcium from the bones into the bloodstream when it’s needed. Vitamin D is known for its importance for healthy bones and teeth.
Vitamin D-3 is the form of the nutrient most often used in supplements. Despite its classification as a vitamin‚ Vitamin D behaves in a way that is similar to a regulatory hormone for calcium and bone metabolism. Adequate amounts of vitamin D are critical for ensuring regular calcium absorption and maintenance of strong calcium plasma levels. Maintaining proper levels of vitamin D throughout life—from fetal development to old age—is crucial‚ as the vitamin also works to protect the immune system and heart.
Vitamin K2—This vitamin is actually a series of molecules known as menaquinones; the menaquinone that has been researched most extensively is MK-4. Thorne’s liquid supplement contains the MK-4 form of vitamin K-2‚ which is derived from bacterial fermentation; as a result‚ there’s no soy in this product. The form of vitamin K in this supplement has greater influence on bone health than vitamin K-1. Vitamin K is also essential for normal cell formation and maintenance of a healthy cardiovascular system.
Combining vitamins D and K may provide even more support for your body than either one alone. One clinical study of postmenopausal women revealed that a combination of vitamins D and K (along with additional minerals) better maintained healthy artery elasticity.