MTHFR is a somewhat relatively new word to many people in the world of health. With each passing generation we are learning more about exactly what this is and how widespread it affects individual health issues. It is now estimated by leaders in the industry that 40-60% of the population is affected by genetic variances related to MTHFR and SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphism) so it is truly in everyone's best interest to learn at least an introductory overview of what MTHFR and SNPs are AND more importantly - to have every individual tested so you can be more proactive in your health.
I personally can barely remember the first time I heard about MTHFR mainly because its all I have ever known as I was born with one of the most severe expressions of this genetic bullet. While most people in this day and age jokingly call it the mother-you-know-what gene, its scientific name is methyltetrahydrafolatereductase and it is both an enzyme and a deficiency. SNPs are the most common type of genetic variations representing a difference in a single DNA building block known as a nucleotide. What it does is affects how our body processes things and that can lead to havoc if we don't know what our individual compromises are. It can cause miscommunication in cellular processes, slowing, stopping, or interferring with other processes. It can affect utilization, metabolism, and elimination/detoxifcation ability of everything we put in or on the body. Since we are multi-dimensional beings these genetic processes can have affects on us physically, emotionally, and even mentally and spiritually and we may not even understand why.
Combinations of these genetic factors increase and decrease how we wll recover from an imbalance, a trauma, a medical procedure, or even how fast we decline in health. It also plays factors into why no diet fits one person, why medications and supplements affect people in different ways with different side effects and much more. If you would like have a genetic test done to learn more about your MTHFR and SNPs please contact us to learn more about your options. These tests run about $250-400 and do not include practitioner consultation or supplement recommendations. Unfortunately it is not at this time covered by insurance.