One of the main reasons I am starting this blog is to help myself – and maybe even someone else – understand what the heck MTHFR is and what it can mean for health.
I have at least 10 conditions that may be caused by or worsened by MTHFR and my youngest son may have at least 3. But there is so little information out there that is even readable. I have been pouring through medical papers trying to understand. Personally, I love to research but I know that isn’t a common trait. So, one major goal will be to make that information available in an easy-to-understand format.
I am not a medical professional. All the information here is based on my personal understanding. You should always discuss your situation with your doctor, who hopefully has at least heard of MTHFR.
So, what is MTHFR?
If someone says they “have” MTHFR, they really mean they have genetic mutation that can make it difficult or even impossible to convert folic acid into a form the body can use (methylation). And it turns out, that is very, very important.
It gets complicated pretty quickly. There are different kinds of mutations, based on if your mother or father or both also have the mutation. And just because you have the mutation doesn’t mean that you will have trouble with methylation. I am not going to get into all that in this post. One step at a time.
If you are ready for more technical information, this is a good article to start with: