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Methyl Magic: Maximum Health Through Methylation Hardcover – May 15, 1999

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Biochemist Cooney sees the chemical process of methylation as the "central control dial" of life, and a simple test can determine whether one needs to improve it. Unfortunately, many physicians are unaware of the importance of methylation, so they need convincing about what a vital role it plays and why their patients need to have the test done. Proper foods (potatoes are out) and vitamin supplements encourage proper methylation, and with proper methylation, one can avoid heart disease, birth defects, autoimmune diseases, allergies--even depression, Alzheimer's, and schizophrenia. Memory can be improved, and aging and the signs of aging staved off. Cooney and his writing collaborator give the brand names of helpful vitamins and where they can be obtained. The first appendix discusses good, medium, and bad foods for assisting methylation, citing brands; the second contains "Methyl Magic Recipes"; and the third lists sources for more information. Methylation seems an up-and-comer in health and nutrition. Libraries, be prepared. William Beatty

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SAMe (known formally as S-adenosylmethionine) is not an herb or a hormone. It's a molecule that all living cells, including our own, produce constantly. To appreciate its importance, you need to understand a process called methylation (chart). It's a simple transaction in which one molecule donates a four-atom appendage, a so-called methyl group to a neighborin molecule. Both the donor and the recipient change shape in the process, and the transformations can have far-reaching effects. Methylation occurs a billion times a second throughout the body, affecting everything from fetal development to brain function. It regulates the expression of genes. It preserves the fatty membranes that insulate our cells. And it helps regulate the action of various hormones and neurotransmitters, including serotonin, melatonin, dopamine and adrenaline. As biochemist Craig Cooney observes in his new book, "Methyl Magic," "Without methylation there could be no life as we know it. -- Newsweek magazine, July 5th, 1999

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  • Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
  • Hardcover : 253 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0836235851
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0836235852
  • Dimensions : 5.75 x 1.25 x 8.75 inches
  • Publisher : Andrews McMeel Pub; 1st edition (May 15, 1999)
  • Language: : English
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