What Is MTHFR?
Why Do You Need to Know About It?
It’s a simple fact of life that each and every human body is unique. Within the complex “instruction set” of our DNA, there are tiny but significant variations that make you who you are. These variations may affect your ability to metabolize certain foods or place you at risk for specific diseases. One particularly worrying quirk is called an MTHRF mutation. Fortunately, we can detect that mutation and prescribe the appropriate strategies to help you enjoy optimal health.
MTHFR stands for methylenetetetrahydrofolate reductase, an enzyme that helps your body turn amino acids into proteins. Specifically, it plays a critical role in your body’s ability to use folate (Vitamin B9) in the production of methionine, an amino acid that helps manufacture the proteins you need for everyday health and physical function. If you have a mutation in the gene that regulates MTHFR, your body has trouble using folate, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12. This can lead to serious nutritional deficiencies and a toxic buildup of folic acid in the blood – factors which may raise your risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Awareness is the first step in combating the challenges of an MTHRF mutation. Our team offers advanced genetic testing that can identify this mutation. At the same time checking 11 other genetic controls for such vital functions as cholesterol metabolism, glucose balance, and bone integrity. If our genetic testing reveals the MTHFR mutation, we can run additional tests to evaluate your folate and B Vitamin levels. Nutritional supplementation and dietary adjustments can then make a major difference in your ongoing health.
Don’t let this hidden genetic predisposition threaten your quality of life. Fight back by getting the facts – starting with an appointment at Merritt Wellness Center in Austin. We can help determine if genetic testing is right for you!