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Micro Nutrient and MTHFR Testing

Micronutrient Testing:

“But I eat a balanced diet, exercise, and take a multivitamin.”

If this statement describes you, read on…

Vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant deficiencies have been shown to suppress immune system function, which can contribute to a variety of degenerative processes such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, to name a few. You may be micronutrient deficient and not even know it!

University research shows that 50% of people taking multivitamins are nutritionally deficient, despite supplementation!  The cause for the deficiency may be different for each individual.

Biochemical Individuality

Because each of us is metabolically and biochemically unique, the micronutrient requirements for one person may be quite different from the requirements of another.

Absorption

Although you may eat a balanced diet, you may have micronutrient deficiencies if you do not properly absorb vitamins, minerals and/or antioxidants.

Chronic Illness

Health conditions such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, fatigue, and multiple sclerosis, to name a few, can be affected directly or indirectly, by micronutrient deficiencies.

Aging

Our micronutrient requirements at age 30 are quite different from our requirements at ages 40, 50, and beyond. Reduced absorption (for example, B12) is common as we age.

Lifestyle

Excessive physical activity, prescription drugs, smoking, alcohol, sedentary habits, and physical/emotional/environmental stressors all impact micronutrient status and demands.

Conditions affected by Nutrient Status:

Overwhelming evidence reveals that micronutrient deficiencies are associated with inflammation and chronic disease, which in turn affects physical and mental health, and ultimately, quality of life!

MTHFR Testing (commonly done in conjunction with micronutrient testing):

MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate redctase) is an enzyme involved in the metabolism of folate and homocysteine. It plays a role in maintaining cellular folate levels and is a cofactor needed to convert homocysteine (a potentially toxic amino acid) to methionine.

Certain genetic point mutations have been shown to reduce the function of the MTHFR enzyme.  An MTHFR enzyme with reduced function can cause elevated homocysteine levels, which is a known risk factor for development of cardiovascular disease and venous thrombosis. Reduced enzyme function can also affect folate status.

In addition, reduced MTHFR function can affect individuals who must receive methotrexate therapy for the treatment of certain cancers and autoimmune disorders. Methotrexate is a structural analogue of folate and can interfere with folate metabolism. Defects in folate metabolism such as those potentially arising from mutations affecting MTHFR function can increase sensitivity to methotrexate and may lead to lower dosage requirements, increased side effects, or intolerance of the drug.

Choosing to get tested may be one of the most important decisions you make for your health!

Ask us for more information today!