Frequently Asked Questions
MTHFR stands for Methylene-TetraHydroFolate Reductase
It is an enzyme that converts folate you eat into the active form (5-Methyltetrahydrofolate).
Everyone has MTHFR 677, but not everyone has the C677T gene, which is the mutated form of C677C, the “normal” allele.
Some have the mutation on one side (heterozygous), others on both (homozygous).
Genetic Genie’s methylation analysis lists both MTHFR C677T as well as A1298C.
DAIRY PRODUCTS may impair the body’s way of processing folate and transporting it to your brain so could be bad for you.
Avoiding FOODS CONTAINING GLUTEN is an important diet change for people with MTHFR mutation. You reduce the strain on the body by avoiding substances that cause inflammation.
FOLIC ACID is the synthetic form of folate and is worth avoiding as the body can’t use it properly. This can aggravate the symptoms of your health problem.
FOLATE which is the naturally occurring vitamin B9 is important for a range of functions such as the production of red blood cells.
VITAMIN B12 is a micronutrient and is also important for the proper functioning of the nervous system.
VITAMIN B6 is a micronutrient that takes part in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. It also participates in the production of neurotransmitters.
The naturally occurring vitamin B9 is FOLATE is the best option for MTHFR.
It’s the synthetic form that is worth avoiding which is folic acid as the body can’t use it properly which means symptoms of your health problem can be aggravated.
It’s common for people to use terms folic acid and folate interchangeably as they refer to the same thing.
Folic Acid is a synthetic form of folate and the body doesn’t process folic acid properly in people with MTHFR variants.
Folate (Vitamin B9) is a naturally occurring form of this vitamin and is important in many functions of the body.
MTHFR mutations affect the way the body uses vitamin B12 because certain variants (A129C and C667T) decrease the amount of active folate produced in the body.
The use of vitamin B12 requires the active form of folate. However, without enough folate, the body won’t be able to get the most out of the vitamin B12.
This is why you need to enrich your diet with this micronutrient so you can avoid problems associated with deficiency.