Methylation can turn genes on or off.
Some nutrients affect the methylation process quite dramatically. Methylating factors like B12, B6, MD, Zinc monitor specific methylation reactions.
What is MTHFR?
- Methylenehydrofolatereductase is an enzyme responsible for converting 5, 10- methylenetetrahydrofolate to the product: 5-methytetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF)
- Certain mutations in the gene coding for MTHFR produce an enzyme that has reduced activity
- Reduced activity can lead to elevated levels of homocysteine especially when folate levels are low
- MTHRF genotyping can provide information about potential causes of elevated homocysteine and how to address it
- 5-methyltetrahydrofolate is involved in the metabolism of folate and homocysteine
- The product of the reaction catalyzed by MTHFR converts homocysteine (a potentially toxic amino acid) to methionine (a useful and necessary amino acid)