What Is MTHFR Mutation?

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Q:
What is MTHFR mutation?

A:
MTHFR, short for Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase, is an enzyme necessary for an important metabolic process called methylation.

MTHFR mutation is one of the potentially dangerous gene variations that can impact how well your body metabolises folate and folic acid, both of which are forms of vitamin B9 that are required for numerous critical bodily functions.

There are two main MTHFR mutations, MTHFR C677T and MTHFR A1298C (3), limiting the production of MTHFR enzymes.

Patients with a MTHFR mutation may have symptoms like:

  • high homocysteine levels;
  • folate deficiency;
  • had a miscarriage;
  • longstanding gastrointestinal issues;
  • an autoimmune disease;
  • long history of anxiety or depression.

MTHFR mutation is not inherently dangerous, if you experience any MTHFR symptoms, you’d better get tested.

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