What is the Truth About MTHFR Test?

What is the Truth About MTHFR Test?

What is the Truth About MTHFR Test?

Have you heard about tests like MTHFR?


If you have heard about (Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase) MTHFR, you may have a lot of questions. What is MTHFR? What do the test results imply? And how does that information benefit you?


In this blog, you discover answers to some of the most common questions about genetic testing like MTHFR and understand the truth about the implications of its results. 



Are our genetic tests like MTHFR valuable? Are they helpful or are they fake? You need to investigate. 


MTHFR means Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase. It is an ENZYME”   


What are these tests looking at? These tests are looking at genes. Genes are ENZYMES like factories that help make something. The factory needs to do something, it needs to produce something. To help the factory work better, it needs co-factors.


Size of the Pathway


In the genetic tests, we’re making sure that your gene or the gene we’re looking at is on the SIZE of the PATHWAY the gene is running down. This means the genes can show you how wide a pathway is for things to move through your body. This is similar to how wide a road is. Is it a four-lane highway? Is it a two-lane highway or is it a one-on-one type of road?


Genetic testing can tell you what the size of the roads is when we’re looking at them. But you also need to consider that we don’t look at the gene’s function in these tests. We also don’t see if we need to take something based on the genetic test results. This is where FUNCTIONAL TESTING comes into play.


We need to see what these roads are. Even if they are small roads that you were given in a genetic test from mom and dad, how are those roads functioning? Is there a traffic jam?


In functional medicine, we look at tests such as stool testing to make sure there are no secretors in there. We need to look at B12, B6, and Folate because those stores will tell us if we have enough of the ingredients to make the gene work better.




We consider looking at homocysteine as a function, a measurement of how the methylation cycle is clearing out of your body, or if it’s jammed in a roadblock somewhere. We can also look at glutathione stores as well. This is necessary for detoxification.


“HOMOCYSTEINE is a kind of amino acid. Your body uses homocysteine to make proteins. Vitamins such as Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, and folic acid break down homocysteine converting it into other substances your body needs.” 


Micronutrient Test


If there are no glutathione stores, and you have some bad genetics, it might help to bring in some cofactors to help make your own other tests. We can look at those cofactors with a micronutrient test. This test will tell us the different minerals, vitamins, and amino acids we need to make the function of that gene work better.


Are they built to be helpful? Yes, but in the right context.


If you have been considering genetic testing for MTHFR, we would love to help answer your questions. 


Our team of experts is available so that you can learn more about the test and what the results imply for your health. With FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE, you discover more than just about the tests themselves.


We can also discuss how our program may be able to benefit you. We hope to hear from you soon! Please don’t hesitate to contact us.


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DISCLAIMER:  The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional 

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