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BHMT is an enzyme involved in the metabolism of dietary betaine and choline. This metabolic pathway is important because, among other things, it sustains the source of methyl donors necessary for DNA methylation. One of ways a gene can be controlled is by attaching methyl tags on top of it (to start or to stop it).
Whole grains contain dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals, and phytochemicals, but only the former two components have been thoroughly researched. From the North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University’s Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, Associate Professor Shengmin Sang, PhD shines the spotlight on phytochemicals in whole grains and their health-promoting effects.