Demystifying the MTHFR genetic mutation

The full name of this gene is methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene. Now you know why it is abbreviated. Everyone has this gene, however, most of us have a mutated version of it.

In a recent study, 7000 babies from 16 different regions around the world were tested:

Half of Italians from Sicily and Campania had a mutated version
Half of Mexican babies were found to have the mutated version
Half the babies from southern China, Hungary, and Strasbourg had the mutated version
Half of the Caucasian babies in the Atlanta area had the mutated version.

Based on these numbers, it appears that we have a 50/50 chance of having this gene mutation. what does that mean for our health? Mutations in this gene put us at greater risk for heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, birth defects, hormone imbalances, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and even mood disorders. This gene is important. It initiates essential chemical reactions in our bodies. One of the chemical reactions is called methylation.

Simply put, methylation is the process whereby our cells complete their work cycle. This process is involved in cellular metabolism. Methylation regulated genes, forming and metabolizing brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) metabolizing hormones, energy production and much more. Even cell replication. Now if the gene responsible for gene replication is damaged, then the cellular process will also be damaged.
Methylation issues can be caused by:
Common medications
High doses of niacin
Environmental toxins
inherited gene mutation

Because approximately half of us have inherited this gene mutation, we need to know what to do about it. Help is at hand! The methylation cycle can be helped by nutrients. Specifically B complex vitamins, especially folate. MTHFR mutations make us predisposed to vitamin B deficiencies. There are other essential nutrients that are needed to make sure our methylation pathways are optimized.

If you were to go to your local health food store and ask for the solution to the MTHFR mutation, you might be overwhelmed at the amount and cost of the nutrients you need. Because I am a professional naturopath, I have access to practitioner only products that will satisfy this deficiency.

Knowledge is power! You can increase your intake of methylation friendly nutrients by adding black-eyed peas, spinach, rice, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, romaine lettuce, avocado, broccoli, mustard greens, green peas, kidney beans and tomato. Alternatively, we have a simple spray supplement that will give your body what it needs to compensate for the MTHFR gene mutation.

Until next time,

Dr. Polly


About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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One Response to Demystifying the MTHFR genetic mutation

  1. This is one I’ve never heard of. In the event I ever have an issue with this, I’m really happy to hear you have a spray supplement to combat it since I’m not a fan of pills

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