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By Carol Savage
"Is it possible for people to be low in L-Methyl Folate [5-MTHF] even if they do NOT have single nucleotide polymorphisms affecting the MTHFR enzyme?"

The answer is... YES.

DIET
A person can have terrible nutrition. Someone who doesn't eat anything green. Someone who never eats beans. A poor diet low in DiHydroFolate [DHF] can cause there to be insufficient L-Methyl Folate.

MEDICATIONS
This includes thousands of people on coumadin [warfarin] who avoid eating greens and people with Rheumatoid Arthritis [RA] who have been given Methotrexate. Methotrexate blocks the enzyme that converts DHF into TetraHydroFoalte [THF ... ..more

By Carol Savage
"Is it possible for people to be low in L-Methyl Folate [5-MTHF] even if they do NOT have single nucleotide polymorphisms affecting the MTHFR enzyme?"

The answer is... YES.

DIET
A person can have terrible nutrition. Someone who doesn't eat anything green. Someone who never eats beans. A poor diet low in DiHydroFolate [DHF] can cause there to be insufficient L-Methyl Folate.

MEDICATIONS
This includes thousands of people on coumadin [warfarin] who avoid eating greens and people with Rheumatoid Arthritis [RA] who have been given Methotrexate. Methotrexate blocks the enzyme that converts DHF into TetraHydroFoalte [THF ... ..more

MTHFR and L-METHYL FOLATE… Some Basic Information By Carol Savage M.D.

If you have the MTHFR Gene Mutations C677T and or A1298C and are already taking some L-Methyl Folate [5-MTHF] and Vitamin B12 you might also consider the following:

FOOD Eat plenty of Green Vegetables and beans to get some Dihydrofolate [DHF] and Vitamin B2 [Riboflavin] and many other naturally occurring minerals and vitamins that the body needs etc.

DIHYDROFOLATE [DHF] Dihydrofolate is needed to provide the earlier FOLATE PATHWAYS [the reactions that occur prior to the MTHFR enzyme] with the kinds of folates that they need in order ... ..more

From Dr Carol Savage
MY GUESS:
Dr. Yasko may include the Folic ACID in some of her supplements...because there are perhaps individuals who never eat greens or beans, and whose gut is so messed up that they cannot digest greens or beans, and who avoid and never eat the processed foods that are already stuffed with Folic ACID.

The enzyme DiHydroFolate Reductase [DHFR] that converts DiHydroFolate [DHF] into THF can also convert Folic ACID into DHF.

If a person has a faulty "Folate Pathway" and is at risk for NOT making adequate DNA base pairs and they also have ... ..more

1. Start eating 'clean'. Organic, non-GMO home made meals should become a priority. Eliminating #gluten and dairy to relieve your body from the burden of processing them should also begin.

2. Avoid taking any extra Folic Acid. There is already a lot of it in the nation's food supply, as it is added to [fortified] to many processed foods. If a person has the #MTHFR mutations then #L-Methyl Folate is the better choice. Choose this #supplement carefully.
Folic Acid will get turned into #Dihydrofolate and will be all gone, except for any more you may eat due to ... ..more

Folic ACID will get turned into Dihydrofolate and will be all gone... except for any more you may eat due to eating many fortified cereals and bread products.

A little Folic ACID will not be a problem. The problems occur when the amount of Folic ACID outweighs the availability of L-Methyl Folate regarding the BRAIN since Folic ACID blocks up the #L-Methyl Folate [ #5-MTHF ] #Folate Receptor Alpha receptors and prevents the real thing [5-MTHF] from getting into the brain.

The rest of the body doesn't suffer from too much #Folic ACID....only the brain.
Folic ACID is synthetic ... ..more

When you ask your doctor to write a script for #Deplin [15 mg of L-methyl folate] you can try to see if your insurance will cover it. Some do, but most do not because they want to call it a Medical Food. Which in my opinion is bogus. A food would be something you could find in nature and eat it. L-methyl folate doesn't exist in nature. Green leafy vegetables have Dihydrofolate not L-methyl folate...and Folic ACID is also not found in nature and is completely a SYNTHETIC CHEMICAL made by man.

So, in reality L-methyl folate and ... ..more