What is MTHFR?
MTHFR is an abbreviation for the term methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. It may be difficult to pronounce, but it’s an important enzyme that helps the body use folate (vitamin B9) the right way. The MTHFR gene is responsible for producing the enzyme, which is also critical to proper metabolism, muscle growth, and toxin elimination.
Effects of MTHFR Gene Mutation
Many people- possibly up to half of the population!- suffer from an MTHFR gene mutation that prevents the body from converting folate into a usable form. Common side effects of the MTHFR gene mutation include inflammation, difficult pregnancies, and potential heart disease. Other minor issues like chronic fatigue, and difficulty sleeping can indicate an MTHFR problem as well.
The Importance of MTHFR Testing
Men and women alike can benefit from MTHFR testing to determine the possibility of MTHFR Gene Mutation. Parents can pass the mutation to their children, and women with MTHFR are at significantly higher risk of pregnancies riddled with problems and birth defects.
Fortunately, the MTHFR test is a very simple blood or saliva test that Dr. Hermann offers as a part of her holistic primary care. The test can detect two relatively common MTHFR gene mutations to help Dr. Hermann determine if MTHFR mutations are the cause of your health problems.
How to Handle MTHFR Gene Mutation
If your test confirms that you have an MTHFR gene mutation, there are certain steps you can take to improve your health. You need to focus on your gut health to help support your body to absorb the nutrients it needs as efficiently as possible. Processed grains and refined sugars prevent gut health, but fermented foods and homemade broth are excellent dietary additions.
It’s also vital to avoid environmental toxins, since MTHFR gene mutations typically make it difficult for your body to flush toxins out. Plastics, artificial additives, scented candles, and unfiltered water are all breeding grounds for unwanted toxins. Similarly, you want to avoid folic acid, the synthetic form of folate often found in cereal and bread, because your body cannot use it properly or efficiently flush it out of your system.
When you come to Hermann Wellness for your MTHFR testing, Dr. Hermann will walk you through all of this information and support your journey to wellness every step of the way.