The MTHFR gene is a genetic mutation that researchers believe 30 - 50% of the population may carry. The two genetic MTHFR mutations most talked about are:
- MTHFR A1298C *I have this mutation
- MTHFR C677T
With a defective MTHFR gene, your body no longer carries the instructions to make an enzyme that converts B9 into its active form. This means if you carry this gene, you have a reduced ability to convert folate into its active form your body can utilize.
This enzyme is also important for converting homocysteine into methionine. Without the enzyme, homocysteine levels rise in the body which is associated with a variety of health issues including: inflammation, strokes, heart disease, depression, anxiety, cancer, infertility, impaired ability to detox and more.
So- wouldn't you want to know if you carried this gene? If you do, you want to steer clear of environmental toxins as much as possible.
Therefore, its imperative that you have your doctor check your homocysteine levels. (Just ask for a blood test and email me results). High Levels are are associated with methylation issues and folate deficiencies. I also check for high MCV. In short- a folate or even b12 deficiency increases your MCV. If we know your levels, we can work together to reduce your homocysteine, improve methylation and optimize your health.