Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) is a gene and a mutation in this gene makes the body produce homocysteine metabolizing enzymes in less amounts. It is a defect of the enzyme that is passed to offspring from parents. This is a metabolic disease. About 30 – 50% of all people may carry a MTHFR mutation. How fewer the enzymes for homocysteine metabolization are produced determines the type and severity of the symptoms experienced by people. Find out what to do in case you have this type of mutation.
Have a folate-rich diet
Try to have a healthy diet comprising of nutritious items, such as foods that are rich in folate. You can get wonderful sources of fiber, folate and other important nutrients in:
Many types of beans
Leafy green vegetables
You should avoid supplements and processed foods having folate in the form of folic acid. It can interfere with l-methylfolate absorption and is hence not easily recommended for those having a mutated MTHFR gene.
Talk to your doctor and find out whether testing for MTHFR can be suitable for you. This expense may be covered by your insurance agency, or maybe not. However, your saliva sample may be processed by www.mthfrdoctors.com for as less as around 130 USD. You can also order a MTHFR test kit from any online medical store, get tested at home and send the sample to a lab for a report.
Methylcobalamin is a methylated form of the B12 vitamin, and it is recommended as the methylation process is impacted by MTHFR. As a mutation of MTHFR affects mental health, B12 absorption is recommended because it can help compensate the problem.