Are You A Mutant?
Mutants do exist! I’m one, but not in the extraordinary sense that I have these superhuman powers meant to fight the dark forces of evil- how I wish! Quite the opposite, being a mutant most often rendered me powerless of my super human strength, and the villains were the symptoms that robbed me of my way of life.
What is the MTHFR Gene?
our DNA, but for some reason, 40% -50% of the world’s population, especially if you are not Caucasian, have the mutation. This doesn’t mean that everyone will experience health problems. Certain lifestyle habits like chronic stress, emotional overeating, the consumption of certain foods can trigger the symptoms mentioned on my first post and will create a toxic environment that can lead to symptoms like inflammation as the ones I described on my previous post. As I started learning more about MTHFR, I found it difficult to make sense of my sources. Many had enough technical terms in them that made my head spin. It seemed like every time I read something new on the topic, I needed to reach for a medical science dictionary just to make sense of it, as most of the information I found was geared for scientists and medical professionals. If you've found this to be true in your situation, hopefully, this post will help explain what this gene does in layman’s terms.
Folic Acid vs. Folate
After getting tested for this mutation, my doctor prescribed me L-Methylfolate, and that REALLY helped. It is still unclear as to why L-Methylfolate helps some and doesn’t with others, but it seems that people with the C77T mutation heterozygous seem to fare much better. It made a HUGE difference with me, because I noticed that it curbed food cravings, perhaps because it opened pathways to get the nutrition I needed, since I never really felt satiated when I ate and I would end up over eating instead. As a plus, when I’m on this supplement, I don’t feel the need to take a mid-afternoon nap in order to get through the day. I have to eat well, of course, with foods that are rich in folate, and ensure that I’m also eliminating what I eat. To put this bluntly, the more I poop, the better I feel when it comes to my energy levels. So I’ve noticed a significant improvement by taking this supplement. One important thing to note is not to confuse folate with folic acid, since folic acid is a synthetic, man-made substance and for people with an MTHFR mutation, it can actually build up in the system and may be harmful With that in mind, many of our vitamins, food and grains are fortified or enriched with folic acid, so that’s something I look for and try to avoid when I go shopping.
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On a side note, and I don’t know if anyone else has experienced this, but when my kid is on L-Methylfolate, she goes through a growth spurt, her nails and hair seems to grow at a faster rate, and she doesn’t seem as anxious or emotional as to when she is not taking it. This could be a placebo affect to seeing changes in my child, so I'm leery about saying this, but I have noticed that my nails are not as brittle and my hair feels thicker. Take that information with a grain of salt. I will say that this pill is not cheap, which is why I held off as long as I did to get mine, but it was completely worth it.
So, there it is… MTHFR explained. If there are doctors knowledgeable about this mutation who are reading this, who feel I missed something, please feel free to chime in. As I mentioned on my first post, I’m a patient on the road to recovery and learning more and more about restoring my health each day. This journey to healing has been challenging, but I’ve been through much worse, and I’m determined to get back to myself again, stronger and healthier—one day at a time, one step at a time. Not bad for a forty-six-year-old mutant.