It's an extremely rare occasion that I have a guest author here on Au Naturale Nutrition. However, when Carolyn Ledowsky, a Naturopath from way down under in Australia, contacted me, I jumped at the opportunity. You see, Carolyn is an expert in the MTHFR genetic mutation, which I have myself. She had read my articles "How to Have a Nourished Holistic Pregnancy" Part 1 and Part 2, and understood how passionate I am about health. Now, it's an honor to have her here to share much more knowledge on the very important topics of MTHFR, folate, conception, and pregnancy.
MTHFR isn't just a buzzword that's becoming more popular in the holistic health world. It's a real condition that real people are dealing with right now! In fact, many, many people have it, but don't know it. So, if you've never heard of MTHFR, it's time you did.
An MTHFR mutation can cause the methylation processes in the body to be impaired. Put simply, the MTHFR enzyme has trouble converting 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate into the activated form, 5-MTHF or 5-methyltetrahydrofolate. Even more simply: folate (vitamin B9) has trouble becoming activated to do its job in the body.
What this means to health:
The MTHFR mutation affects someone from conception, through embryonic development, and throughout their entire life. It makes someone more susceptible to have problems with detoxification, immune system function, cellular repair, and with neurotransmitter production. Basically, it can lead to a host of really bad health issues. Luckily, much can be done proactively with diet and lifestyle practices to mitigate the issues.
It also is a big factor in trying to conceive - if either parent has the mutation. Below, Carolyn explains much more about the MTHFR mutation and why the nutrient folate is of utmost importance, especially pre-pregnancy and at the beginning of a pregnancy.
Read on and learn what you can do if you're hoping to conceive...
Jenny Yelle, MHNE Holistic Wellness Educator
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