Why is an MTHFR test important?
Determining your MTHFR genotype gives you valuable information about your body's ability to methylate. Methylation is a crucial part of cell processes and reduced function has been linked to numerous medical conditions including neurological and cardiovascular disorders, mental dysfunctions and diabetes. The old paradigm that we are simply at the mercy of our genes is now challenged by a new age of truly individualized healthcare. Get vital knowledge for your personalized healthcare solutions today.
What role does nutrition play in this function?
Nutrition plays a substantial role in methylation pathways, and SpectraCell's Micronutrient testing can give you an accurate stats of 33 vitamins, minerals and amino acids. You may be able to compensate for your body's inability to methylate efficiently through targeted repletion, and micronutrient testing will provide assessment of nutritional deficiencies. The test also allows you to identify deficiencies in other micronutrients that can be contributing toward the development and/or progression of chronic disease and keep you from feeling your best.
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Dr. Ron Grabowski,
telomere and cancer,
eczema and nutrition,
Dr. Eva Cwynar,
Clinical Applications of MTHFR Genomic Testing webinar presented by Dr. Bridget Briggs
What you learned:
- Methylation processes in the body.
- The function of MTHFR and the common polymorphisms found in 40% of Americans
- The links between the common polymorphisms in MTHFR and risks involving cardiovascular disease, thromboembolic disease, irritable bowel, depression, memory agility, autoimmunity, poor detoxification, infertility, PMS, insomnia and many other disorders.
Treatment for patients with common polymorphisms including L-5 MTHF, Methylcobalamin, B6, Trimethylglycine, inositol, and other key nutrients.
Case Study Review
Clinical Applications of MTHFR Genomic Testing Webinar
chronic fatigue and nutrition,
Inflammatory Bowel Disease,
eczema and nutrition,
Dr. Bridget Briggs,
MTHFR is an enzyme responsible for converting 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate to the product 5-methyltetrahydrofolate - it is involved in the metabolism of folate and homocysteine. The product of the reaction catalyzed by MTHFR converts homocysteine (a potentially toxic amino acid) to methionine (a useful and necessary amino acid). MTHFR Genotyping is Important because:
Risks Associated with MTHFR Variants/High Homocysteine:
- Certain mutations in the gene coding for MTHFR produce an enzyme that has reduced activity.
- Reduced activity can lead to elevated levels of homocysteine (a.k.a. hyperhomocysteinemia), especially when folate levels are low.
- High homocysteine (>13umol/L) may double the risk of developing illness or complications.
- MTHFR genotyping can provide information about potential causes of elevated homocysteine and approaches for addressing it.
- Based on MTHFR and homocysteine results, physicians can develop dietary and medical recomendations - increased intake of folate alone or in combination with vitamins B6 and B12 are recommended.
- Based on results, recommendations for methotrexate dosage can be adjusted.
Who Should be Tested?
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Cerebral Vascular Disease (Stroke)
- Venous and Arterial Thrombosis
- Methotrexate Toxicity for Cancer Therapy
- Those with high homocysteine levels.
- Those who have a familial history of cardiovascular disease, stroke or thrombosis.
- Those who are candidates for long-term methotrexate therapy.
Do you currently use MTHFR Genotyping in your practice? Which patients do you target for this assessment?