MTHFR Genotyping and Treatment
Are your genes preventing appropriate methylation? Insufficient methylation could possibly be the reason for migraines, strokes, depression, heart attacks, miscarriages, infertility, cancer, birth defects, and autism. In people who have diabetes, symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can worsen or make treatment regimens successful.
Methylation is a chemical reaction occurring in every tissue and cell of the human body. Methylation is the process of adding methyl groups to a molecule. Since methyl groups are chemically inactive, including them to a protein (the process of methylation) transforms how that protein reacts to other materials in the entire body, therefore changing how that protein acts. Genes, hormones and enzymes are proteins and the process of methylation changes them all.
MTHFR and Methylation
MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) is an enzyme, which turns folic acid into a form that our bodies can utilize. This is an integral enzyme in a significant detoxification reaction within body-it converts’ homocysteine to methionine. When this enzyme is marred, this detoxification reaction is marred as well, resulting in blood levels with high homocysteine. Homocysteine is quite abrasive to the blood vessels, basically scraping at them, which brings about the damage that causes dementia, stroke, heart attacks as well as a number of other issues.
Also, when the enzyme MTHFR is impaired, other methylation reactions are endangered. A few of these methylation reactions influence neurotransmitters, and that is the reason why the reduced MTHFR process is linked with depression. The inefficiency of the MTHFR enzyme is, in addition, linked to autism, migraines, fertility, cancer and birth defects, all which depend on proper methylation.