By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
There has been much talk about MTHFR lately. MTHFR is a gene and stands for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. Researchers have estimated that about 40% of people have a mutation in the MTHFR gene, that is almost half the population! Anyone who has the MTHFR gene mutation will struggle with converting folic acid (also known as B9) into the usable form of methyl folate. So, what does this have to do with brain function? That is a good question because Not being able to convert the folic acid to a more usable form of vitamin folate can cause all kinds of health issues ranging from mild to severe including mental heath issues and heart disease.
We are learning more about the MTHFR gene as continuing research develops, but here’s a bit of what we do know. The brain’s neurotransmitters need the active vitamin folate to produce dopamine and serotonin. There has been a strong connection between low amounts of folate linked to depression, mood disorders, and bipolar. However, having the MTHFR gene mutation does not necessarily mean you are hopelessly stuck with health issues. In fact, knowing if you have the gene mutation is the first step to you being able to heal and support your brain health and overall health optimally – and that is great news!
If you think that you may have the MTHFR gene mutation and / or you have struggled with depression and mood swings, finding out is easy by taking an MTHFR Genomic Test. Increasing your folate intake through nutrition by eating folate-rich foods (and supplement if needed) can help IF it is necessary. Eliminating toxins is also another step to take, because most people who have the MTHFR gene mutation accumulate toxins that build up in the body and have a more difficult time getting rid of them. By doing all these things, you could be on your way to feeling better emotionally and physically!
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Medical disclaimer: Our MTHFR test kits and all tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.