Why all the fuss about MTHFR? What does this MTHFR thing do anyway? MTHFR is a gene that provides the body with instructions for making a certain enzyme called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. “MTHFR” is the shortened name. The MTHFR gene is becoming more and more well-known because of its association with numerous health issues. So, here is some very basic information. As humans we all have similar genes. The tiny variations in those genes, influence not only how we look and behave, but how our body will react to internal and external factors. The most important impact is how your body reacts to the foods you eat and lifestyle you live.
Gene SNP = Defect or Flaw
A gene SNP or mutation, is akin to a “defect” that can influence how we metabolize nutrients and food. We all have many SNPs. The result (s) of some are evident, some are not. What is important is whether it affects us negatively. A common SNP that can be potentially harmful is the MTHFR mutation, which impacts how well your body metabolizes folate and folic acid. Both of which are critical in specific body functions. Unfortunately, this “defect” in this metabolic cycle is linked to many serious health problems.
You Might Say, What does This MTHFR Do?
MTHFR SNPs are more like weak links in our metabolic chain. This particular Gene SNP plays a big role in a lot of places. It affects your energy production, ability to create DNA for cell growth, fight off infections, detoxification efficiency, production of neurotransmitters that control how you think and feel, sex hormones, neurological issues, and cardiovascular health.
There is still a lot to learn about what this type of mutation means to human health. However, if you are having symptoms like brain fog, chronic pain, sleep problems, digestive issues, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, or have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, cancer, a heart health condition, or Fibromyalgia, then after consulting with a physician, you may want to be tested for the MTHFR gene snp. The foregoing list is incomplete, complete, and any of these symptoms or conditions could be attributed to other health concerns. We can test for the MTHFR SNP as well. It's a simple blood test.
If you know that you have an MTHFR gene SNP, set up consult with us. We are quite comfortable with, and understand how MTHFR can impact your life and health, along with knowing how to manage it. It is possible to design a life that supports, having MTHFR, and diminish or prevent symptoms from arising. You can be tested for MTHFR through 2 Nourish as well. It is a simple blood test.
The fate of your health goes well beyond your genetics. We know that. Putting it all together to insure a life where you are able to achieve a healthy, nourished body takes practice. We are passionate about helping you succeed with that goal in mind!