MTHFR and You: Testing, Diagnosis, What to do Next.
MTHFR or methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase if you prefer the full name, impacts many of our patients without their knowledge. MTHFR is an essential enzyme we all have in our bodies. MTHFR affects the body’s methylation process.
Simply speaking, here are some of what that process accomplishes:
- repairs DNA
- recycles molecules needed for detoxification
- decreases inflammation
- shuts genes on and off
Your MTHFR status may or may not be impacting your health. Through discussion with our doctors and a thorough symptom and health history, you can determine if testing for this genetic mutation should be done.
So what does one do to reduce the risks associated with MTHFR mutations?
- Determine with our doctors whether MTHFR testing may be appropriate for you. Testing can be done through our office.
- Review your supplements with our doctors. They may not be working right for you if you in fact have MTHFR.
- Avoid processed foods and supplements containing the folic acid form of folate.
- Discuss dietary changes that will help you. Leafy greens, broccoli, lentils, and many beans are great sources of folate, fiber, and other nutrients.
- Speak with our doctors about what your nutritional and vitamin regimen should consist of, including brands and doses.
- If you are planning on becoming pregnant, and have MTHFR, make sure you work with our doctors to plan for the best support before and during your pregnancy.
To learn more about the symptoms, risks and general information regarding MTHFR, click here.
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