Did you know that 67% of people are expected to have at least one MTHFR gene defect? (1)
Gene mutations like the MTHFR are inherited, which means you get them passed down to you, from your parents. There are about 20,000 genes in the human body. Each gene carries a specific DNA sequence that acts as a set of instructions for the body to follow. These instructions are essentially the blueprint for life and they instruct the body to create specific proteins that carry out various roles. But the body isn’t perfect. Sometimes these instructions are wrong.
One gene in particular that seems to be printed badly in a large proportion of people is the MTHFR gene.
What's the MTHFR Mutation?
The MTHFR gene is responsible for producing an enzyme that helps the body process and convert folate into a usable form. A very small instructional change in the MTHFR gene causes what scientists call - a mutation.
The MTHFR mutation results in less of this enzyme being produced than normal, which can put those who carry the mutation at an increased risk for many health problems like chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, pregnancy defects and also impacts on one’s ability to utilize folate (known as vitamin B-9). (2)
Surprisingly, up to 67 percent of people are expected to have one faulty copy of this gene resulting in mild to moderate folate deficiencies.