Mitigating the MTHFR Gene Mutation
By Caroline and Audrey
The MTHFR gene encodes the enzyme MTHFR, which plays several key roles in the human body’s processes. Firstly, the MTHFR enzyme adds a methyl group to folic acid converting it to its active form, methyl-folate, which the body can then use efficiently. For people with an MTHFR gene mutation, eating folate (Vitamin B9) rich foods such as avocado, almonds, sunflower seeds, asparagus and artichokes is recommended. However, in order for the folate to be used optimally in one’s body, one needs vitamin B12 which is found in grass-fed meats, organ meats, fish, eggs and cheeses (preferably organic). Rather than taking a folic acid supplement, an artificial form of folate, it is more beneficial to incorporate dark leafy greens on a daily basis as they consist of methylated forms of folate. Methylation helps regulate the body’s immune system, inflammation, toxins/heavy metals, liver function, DNA cell regeneration and repair. Consequently people with the MTHFR gene mutation are susceptible to a number of diseases. MTHFR also plays a role in detoxification and people with this gene mutation often have a harder time eliminating toxins from their body and, therefore, should especially make an effort to avoid toxins — whether in food, beauty, or cleaning products. (That is why we prefer Meyers). It is also helpful to detox the body through exercise, dry-brushing and sauna-use. As Cameron Diaz advocates, one should “sweat like a fire hydrant” daily to let out the toxins in one’s body. Even after a few days of applying these new techniques, one should have clearer skin and feel energized. Happy rejuvenation!