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MTHFR

Seven genes linked to high homocysteine levels and what to do about them

Homocysteine is a vital molecule required for numerous processes within the cells of our body to ensure good health. However, as with much in life, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. When present at elevated levels homocysteine is associated with numerous poor health outcomes including; increased cardiovascular risk (R,R), increased risk… Read More

The science of MTHFR mutations explained

Updated April 28th, 2017 If you’re interested in personalized genetic medicine you will have undoubtedly come across the protein methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR). MTHFR is an enzyme which is encoded by the MTHFR gene and functions to convert 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate (MeTHF) to 5-methlytetrahydrofolate (MTHF). What sounds like a pretty un-inspiring reaction has actually become one of, if… Read More

Meet your B vitamins

In this post I’m going to look at the B vitamins in nutrition and health. But let’s take a step back and actually look at what a vitamin is, and isn’t. In order to be defined as a vitamin a molecule must meet four criteria. A vitamin must be an organic compound, very simply this… Read More

Do I have an MTHFR mutation? Here’s how to find out

Updated August 2nd, 2017  Summary: Everyone has an MTHFR gene in one form or another. An MTHFR “mutation” usually means you inherited a type of the gene associated with a decreased ability to metabolize folic acid and folate. I some cases, people with MTHFR mutations benefit from supplementing with methylfolate, which is the “bioactive” form of… Read More

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