genetic testing, methylation, MTHFR, homocysteine, mental health, gut health

You may have heard about genetic MTHFR gene mutations or have been told by your doctor you have one.  What is MTHFR and how does it affect your health? 

MTHFR What???

The gene methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) produces an enzyme that converts B vitamins such as B6, B12, and B9 (folate) into forms your body can use. Your body needs folate to make DNA and keep cells healthy. If you have an MTHFR gene mutation, your body may not be able to successfully convert these important B vitamins. The outcome can result in elevated homocysteine levels.  Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid.  Without B6, B12, and folate, the metabolism of homocysteine is inefficient and can accumulate in the blood.  Why is that bad? High levels of homocysteine can cause damage to blood vessels and increase multiple health risks.


Potential health issues associated with MTHFR mutations

Health conditions may be linked to MTHFR gene mutations that include the following:


Blood clots

Heart attack




Mental health disorders (such as ADHD, ADD, OCD, etc)

Hair loss

Recurrent miscarriages

Pregnancy with neural tube defects

Poor Gut Health


Management of MTHFR gene mutations

Testing, management, and treatment of MTHFR gene mutations includes an evaluation by your healthcare provider to determine your specific needs. A natural, comprehensive approach can help optimize your body to feel your best. While some blood tests can assess for the MTHFR gene mutation, genetic testing is often a more comprehensive option. If you are interested in getting started, order your genetic test here


Nutritional supplementation


Focus on foods that are high in natural folate such as green leafy vegetables, avocados, beans, eggs, nuts and seeds, and citrus fruits. It can be difficult to get the amount of folate your body needs from diet alone. Seeking out methylated supplements is often necessary to not only support what your body needs, but to also help your body in the methylation process, if your body is unable to do so itself. It is important to pay very close attention to the types of supplements available, as the options can become overwhelming. Access our Fullscript account today for access to some of the highest quality supplements on the market! Interested in learning more about our top recommendations to support methylation? Contact us today! 

Pro Tip: Steer clear of most commonly seen supplements at your local grocery store or pharmacy. Some of the best brands to look for include Thorne, Pure Encapsulations, 10x Health, Life Extension, and more! 


Healthy lifestyle

Support your body by avoiding alcohol and tobacco, eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, exercising, and managing stress.

Contact the team at VitaOasis Infusion & Wellness for natural MTHFR support options.