here are some of our favorite #mthfr lifestyle blog posts
*DISCLAIMER | Clearly B and Chelle do not have medical degrees and are not attempting to give health advice. They are simply chronicling things they have found helpful as they learn to live healthily with food allergies and genetic mutations. If you have a medical condition please don't "Web-anose" yourself- it typically ends in tears and despair. Work with a primary care provider or a naturopath connected with your primary care provider to work towards a healthy lifestyle.
Why are some posts tagged MTHFR?
- B and Chelle have a genetic mutation on their MTHFR gene- it's estimated that 40 % of the population may have this mutation. B has C677T and A298C. Chelle has A298C. Confused? So were they. Keep reading and it'll make sense. Since they are both fans of scouring the interwebs for helpful information they want to share their discoveries with you and make it easier for people with MTHFR to find information about the mutation, find cool products that are MTHFR friendly, and also find easy food ideas for people with restricted diets (it tends to go hand and hand with the mutation).
What is MTHFR? Glad you asked. Below are several excerpts from an article entitled A Genetic Mutation That Can Affect Mental & Physical Health, that Psychology Today recently published.
- What is MTHFR | MTHFR is the acronym for a gene (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) that produces an essential enzyme L-Methylfolate which enables our bodies to convert the amino acid homocysteine to another amino acid, methionine. The body then uses methionine to make proteins and other important compounds, including neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine).
- If you have the mutation your bodies not producing that essential enzyme or it's producing it in limited quantities. BUT there is an easy fix!
- What You CanDo | Swap out folic acid for the more bioavailable form of folate – l-methylfolate). This is more usable by the body and easily available in health food stores, many pharmacies, and online. L-methylfolate is sometimes referred to as “optimized folate.” WORK WITH A PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER OR NATUROPATH! You must gradually introduce this supplement! Taking too much at once can be harmful!
What are conditions associated with MTHFR?
- Chronic pain
- Chronic fatigue
- Nerve pain
- Elevated homocysteine levels
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Heart Disease
- Recurrent miscarriages
- Stillbirths as well as other congenital anomalies (birth defects)
- Downs syndrome
Can I take the test?
- Yep! You can ask your primary care provider or naturopath to work with you! It's important to work with someone! The test is available online here along with more information. Going through a healthcare professional allows them to work with your insurance. This test is pretty pricey!
- MTHFR TEST | The MTHFR gene is found on the short arm of chromosome 1 (1p36.3) in humans. There are two clinically significant mutations of MTHFR. One is a single base pair substitution (called a single-nucleotide polymorphism or “SNP”) at C677T and is found in as many as 40% of individuals in certain populations. The other SNP is found at A298C and is found in as many as 20% of some populations.