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 this 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 and grass-fed). In this way, taking a folic acid supplement, artificial form of folate, is not beneficial, but rather incorporating dark-leafy greens on a daily basis as they consist of methylated forms of folate Methylation is involved in regulating the body’s immune system, inflammation, toxins/heavy metals, liver function, DNA cell regeneration and repair and consequently people with the MTHFR gene mutation are susceptible to a number of diseases. MTHFR also plays a role in the body’s detoxification of toxins, and often, people with this gene mutation have a harder time eliminating toxins from their body, and therefore should especially stay away from toxins whether in food, beauty, or cleaning products (we like Meyers). One should steer clear of chemicals and plastics and help the body detox whether through exercise, detox baths, dry-brushing and sauna-use. As Cameron Diaz says one should sweat like a “fire hydrant” daily to let out the toxins one’s body is holding internally. Even after a few days of applying these new techniques, one should have clearer skin and feel energized. Happy rejuvenation!