We are going to share some light on the MTHFR condition as is becoming more common amongst clients seeking help for hair loss. An MTHFR gene mutation affects the body’s ability to use folic acid or folate & increases risk of disease. There are many side effects to this mutation that can be detrimental to health and nutrition.
The MTHFR gene provides instructions for making an enzyme called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. This enzyme plays a role in processing amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase is important for a chemical reaction involving forms of the vitamin folate (also called vitamin B9). Specifically, this enzyme converts a molecule called 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate to a molecule called 5-methyltetrahydrofolate. This reaction is required for the multistep process that converts the amino acid homocysteine to another amino acid, methionine. The body uses methionine to make proteins and other important compounds.
MTHFR Gene Mutation Symptoms:
- High homocysteine levels: Caused by poor methylation
- Folate deficiency: A deficiency in folic acid (folate) could be linked to MTHFR and is worth checking out. Common symptoms include extreme fatigue, light-headedness, and forgetfulness
- Had a miscarriage: Many practitioners recommend testing for MTHFR mutations if you have had one or more miscarriages.
- Longstanding gastrointestinal issues: Such as irritable bowel syndrome
- An autoimmune disease: Such as fibromylagia, although this is based more on anecdotes than solid science
- Long history of anxiety or depression: Based more on anecdotes than solid science.
- It’s important to note that an MTHFR mutation itself is not inherently dangerous… but any form of genetic variance has the possibility to affect your health
The MTHFR mutation test may sometimes be ordered when a person has elevated homocysteine levels, especially when the person has a personal or family history of premature cardiovascular disease or thrombosis. It may sometimes be ordered when a close relative has MTHFR gene mutations, although it may not be useful if that relative has normal homocysteine levels, and some laboratories and organizations recommend against using it for thrombophilia screening. Results typically are reported as negative or positive and, if positive, the report will name the mutation(s) present. Often, an interpretation of the results is also provided. https://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/mthfr/tab/test/
Treatment for MTHFR can vary and needs to be individualized and guided by a physician who works with this condition often. The general advice tends to lean toward prescriptive supplementation along with good diet and lifestyle choices. If you suspect MTHFR follow the links we have included and visit your health care advisor. http://www.mthfrsupport.com.au/
Contact Absolique Hair Health Clinic and Trichologist for more information on MTHFR and Treatment for Hair Loss. Phone 07 3229 3242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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