When the Human Genome Project concluded in 2003, the world was left with a valuable new cache of data and information about the human body. The Human Genome Project’s goal was to collect and map out all the data contained in Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), molecules that hold the genetic code for all living organisms. DNA controls every aspect of our genetic identity, from physical aspects like our eye color, to functional aspects like our brain development. Since 2003, scientists have been pouring through the facts and figures, studying the functions of our genetic makeup and identifying abnormalities.
One such abnormality that has been identified is the MTHFR genetic defect which causes a number of health problems. Check out this article which highlights some of the issues MTHFR causes and how to treat it.
In this comprehensive article, Janie Bowthorpe talks at length about what exactly the MTHFR gene controls and why it’s important to one’s health. The chemical process associated with the MTHFR gene helps make proteins in the body, utilizes antioxidants, and helps the liver process fats. It also controls levels of serotonin, dopamine, and melatonin which are reflected through our emotions and moods. When there is a mutation in the MTHFR gene, the body doesn’t work as efficiently and toxins can build up, increasing the risk of heart problems, depression, migraines, and cancers in patients, including breast cancer in women.
There are anywhere from 40 to 50 different mutations of the gene that are passed down through a person’s mother and father, but there are only 2 mutations that pose a real obstacle: on points C677T and A1298C, also referred to as 677 and 1298. It is a mutation at these points that commands attention and treatment in order to ensure the body runs at full capacity.
Find out about the different diagnostic tests available to find out if you have a MTHFR genetic defect. Several options are available including a saliva test from 23andme A doctor’s prescription may be required in order to obtain a test.
Although it’s not possible to fix a mutated gene, there are lifestyle changes a patient can make that will help them. One way is to make sure that the body’s flora are in balance. Flora are the friendly bacteria throughout the digestive system that help break down nutrients so that the body can use them. The article recommends following either the Paleo or GAPS diet as a means of regulating flora, as both work to avoid harmful toxins and keep the digestive system clean. Another important aspect of treatment for MTHFR genetic defect is keeping Zinc and Copper levels in line.
High copper levels can occur as a result from the defect’s inability to powerfully protect the body against toxins and minerals. High copper causes acne, depression, headaches, and frequent colds due to a lowered immunity. Patients can lower their levels of copper by incorporating more Vitamin C in their diet.
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