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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

I found this excellent description in Amy Yasko's forum: It was posted by one of the members on the site- raji: http://www.ch3nutrigenomics...
This is a private blog, but it is a very rich source of information about methylation, nutrigenomics and dietary supplementation

Here is a copy of the post:

"Common Terminology:

Methyl group: A methyl group is simply a single carbon atom bonded to 3 hydrogen atoms (CH3).

Methylation: Transfer of methyl groups from one chemical to another is called methylation. Essentially any chemical compound that has a methyl group as part of its chemical ... ..more

A slowed down: #MS/MTRR #BHMT #CBS SNPs
Anything causing Homocysteine to build up, back up or slow down the conversion of #Homocysteine into #Methionine .
The #MTHFR C677T mutation is NOT the only cause of elevated homocysteine. ..more

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Vitamin D Receptor “Determines donors”

VDR Taq tt = -/- (green, no defect) tolerates fewer methyl donors
VDR Taq TT = +/+ (red, complete defect) tolerates more methyl donors
Partial or complete defects may mean you will not readily absorb Vit D from sun exposure. This may also contribute to seasonal depression, particularly when the sun is at it's lowest in the fall/winter season. Many studies in the past decade have noted a strong correlation between Vitamin D deficiency and neurological degeneration. In fact, aside from having implications in Parkinson’s and dementia, this SNP is highly associated with Multiple Sclerosis ... ..more

What does this process look like when it’s broken? After reading the following, you will be able to envision the implications of defects or mutations. The following is an example of the health problems that might occur.
1. Poor nerve function leads to muscle twitching, numbness, and weakness yet misfires can cause seizures, fatigue, memory loss, word groping, clumsiness (with falls & injuries), and visual or hearing loss in those with MS, CFS/ME, or Autism Spectrum Disorders.

2. Depending on the neuro-talker, imbalances often lead to a variety of disorders including: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, irritability, mood swings, OCD ... ..more


What is Glutamate ?

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Glutamate is the major excitatory #neurotransmitter and the most commonly found NT in the brain. It is required for #learning and #memory , however, an excess of #glutamate is actually toxic to brain cells and nerves. #LouGehrig’s is the most well known disease of glutamate excess but newer evidence reveals many other disorders may be related such as #Autism , #CFS, many #seizure disorders, #Migraines , #MS , and many more. Glutamate balances #GABA ’s calming effect.
High levels can cause nerve and brain cell death and injury through inflammation. High or imbalanced glutamate levels are clearly involved in many neurological diseases such ... ..more