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The MTHFR gene has become a popular health topic, but what is it and what are its consequences?
MTHFR stands for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. It is quite common to have the MTHFR genetic mutation, particularly for women, which may lead to high levels of homocysteine in the blood and low levels of folate and other vitamins.
More specifically, MTHFR helps convert folate into the active form, methyfolate, which plays a critical role in neurotransmitter synthesis as well as helps regulate over 200 enzymes in the body. 50% of people have polymorphism, a defect, in the MTHFR gene, that lowers methylfolate levels. Thus, when methylfolate levels are low, so are neurotransmitters and enzymes. If this goes unaddressed, it can result in inflammation, a buildup of toxins, and an increased risk of cancer as well as many other health concerns.
Your doctor can run the MTHFR serum (blood) test to determine if you have any defects in the gene. If any defects are found, your doctor will give you specific advice. But here are some general tips that are typically helpful for those with this genetic mutation:
Although a MTHFR genetic mutation can result in serious health concerns, it is easily manageable if the proper steps are taken. At Holtorf Medical Group, our team of medical experts can help address your concerns and identify if you do have a MTHFR genetic mutation. Call today to schedule your first appointment at 877-508-1177.
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