MTHFR Gene Test

It seems to be the latest catch cry in Naturopathic circles…”Have you been tested for MTHFR?”

First of all, what is MTHFR?

MTHFR stands for methyl-tetrahydrofolate reductase (phew!). This is a gene that produces an enzyme that is responsible for the process of methylation in every cell of your body (so it’s pretty important!) 

Methylation is a process in the body that is responsible for biochemical conversions, like breaking down toxins so that your body can get rid of them, gene regulation, processing hormones, building immune cells and many more functions. So you can understand how if this process isn’t working properly it may cause serious illnesses.

If you have a defective (mutated) MTHFR gene, you can’t change it, however there are some things you can do to minimise its effects.

It can be tested by a simple blood test to see if you have a gene variant of this which may cause this key enzyme to function at a lower than normal rate. There are over fifty known MTHFR gene variants, but the main ones are C677T and A1298.

Have a look at the list in the next column to see if you or any family members have any of these conditions or diseases.

Contact Maree now to arrange for testing.

Phone 0413 655 555.

Some conditions that may be associated with MTHFR gene mutations include

Addictions: smoking, drugs, alcohol
Bipolar disorder
Breast cancer
Chemical sensitivity
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Cleft palate
Depression & anxiety
Down’s syndrome
Frequent miscarriages
High homocysteine
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Male & female infertility
Multiple Sclerosis
Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)
Parkinson’s disease
Pulmonary embolism and other blood clots
Spina bifida
Thyroid dysfunction

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