Getting to the Core of the Issue
Metabolism is the process by which a child’s body converts what they eat and drink into energy. During this complex process, calories in food and beverages are combined with oxygen to release the energy their body needs to function.
Several metabolic defects have been associated with children with cognitive and behavioral issues at a rate higher than that found in the general population.
Three of these metabolic impairments are methylation, transulfuration (a metabolic pathway) and mitochondrial function (the creation of energy within cells).
Methylation is the transfer of four atoms - one carbon atom and three hydrogen atoms – from one substance to another.
When non-optimal methylation occurs, it has a significant negative impact on many biochemical reactions in the body that regulate the activity of the cardiovascular, neurological, reproductive, and detoxification systems.
Poor metabolism can result in the accumulation of abnormal (and usually toxic) substances in the body. (2)
Early diagnosis of metabolic disorders and proper interventions can significantly improve the long term cognitive and behavioral outcome.