Yes you read that right.
No, this is not one of those Eyesight Test Charts the optometrist has you read when you go get your eyes checked…
Do you know your MTHFR status?
MTHFR is short for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase.
The MTHFR gene produces an enzyme that is necessary for proper vitamin B9 usage. This enzyme is also important for a number of other reasons as it plays an extremely significant role in the methylation pathways of the body. The gene’s role is essential for the production of certain key nutrient components. It affects the body’s ability to use folic acid or folate.
A useable form of folate is essential to immune functionality, repair of the body, the body’s communication system (neurotransmitters), and detoxification. Imagine not being able to get well, heal your body from injuries and illness, or able to release harmful toxins from your body. Well that’s exactly what may be going on with some people who have this gene mutation. The body cannot work at full capacity to recover and repair the ways it needs to.
Those with a defective MTHFR gene have an impaired ability to produce the MTHFR enzyme (estimates range from 30%-70% or more).
Unfortunately most people don’t know they have this gene mutation unless they get tested. The bigger issue is that most people don’t know to get tested because they’ve never heard of MTHFR. Though there are many symptoms that can be associated with a MTHFR defect, the symptoms can vary widely from person to person and only a test (blood or saliva) can verify a gene defect and the type. If you think you may have this gene mutation you can go get tested for it. Just be aware that some insurances may not pay for this test.
The medical community is still in the process of learning even more on just how much this mutation can affect one’s health. There is a strong possibility that it can increase cancer risk, cardiovascular disease, and even fetal development and more. It can also contribute to or make worse other problems like autoimmune disease and mental issues.
There are some things that can be done to minimize the problem as much as possible. Focusing on gut heath, avoiding environmental toxins, avoiding folic acid (the synthetic form of folate), eating lots of leafy greens, avoiding processed foods, avoiding heavy metals, cutting down significantly on sugar, and reducing alcohol consumption are all helpful.
I like to detox as much as possible by taking Epsom salt baths, dry brushing, taking spirulina, eating lots of cilantro, and drinking a detox smoothie or juice drink every morning.
Some symptoms and issues that can stem from the MTHFR gene mutation include:
tongue ties, MS, hypertension, shortness of breath, alzheimer, heart defects, stroke, cancer, depression, schizophrenia, and autism.
So as you can see, this can lead to some serious problems if nothing is done to make up for this mutation.
If you suspect you may have an issue please see your doctor and ask to get the MTHFR test done. Then consult with him or her to come up with a plan to assists your body in getting the folate you need.
Always do your part to ease the burden on your body from the MTHFR mutation as much as possible, and remember to
Eat well. Be well. Repeat.