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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: ch3nutrigenomics.com. 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

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Annonymous

What is the Folate Cycle ?

  4 years, 3 months ago

The Folate Cycle Produces organic, homegrown RNA & DNA. Converts folate into usable forms to keep HCY* in check & sends on to SAM’s for more work tags. *HCY/Homocysteine

The Folate Cycle is the “Organic Farming Region” where everything is homegrown. This Region grows “organic” work tags (methyl groups) and is instrumental in the front-line production of new RNA and DNA. Still, this plantation is a bit old fashioned, employing a chain gang (homocysteine) to help them get the work done. Though rarely considered in everyday life, RNA & DNA are essential to making you unique, as well as directing health ... ..more

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What is the Methionine Cycle ?

  4 years, 3 months ago

The Methionine Cycle is the major work tag (methyl donor) manufacturer. SAMe has over 400 functions in the community. Also serves as the main route through to liver & Waste cycle.

Methionine (SAM) Cycle AKA “SAM’s Corporation,” As SAMe has over 400 known methylation reactions, SAM’s Corporation is the chief work tag producer. It’s also where most of the action occurs since it contains the major thoroughfare to the liver (CBS & transsulfuration). While this often works to its’ advantage, it can also pose a safety risk since failure along this route may result in calamity (see Waste Facility ... ..more

VDR
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

Elevated BUN
Urine excretion/detox of metals for prolonged periods

Supports for Kidney Health:
Kidney Support Formula RNA
CBS/NOS Compounded Supplement
#Cranberry Caps (In UltiFend and NaturoMycin Spray & Caps)
#Cranberry Juice -Sweeten with Xylitol or Super Stevia
Curbita Bladder Caps (In NaturoMycin Caps)
#SAM-e (Low dose in Ultimate B, ACAT/BHMT, MethylMax, MethylMate A, and UltiFend)
#ATP -20 (In MitoForce and MTR/MTRR/SUOX)
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STEP ONE: Layering in The Foundation
Knowing your Nervous system #dominance is an integral part in establishing the treatment process.
A). Remove or limit triggers:
Processed foods contain excitotoxins, dyes, and #toxic preservatives. It is also crucial to remove obvious food #allergies . Please see Resqua pages on #excitotoxins for more information. This is simply defined and discussed in detail. 



B). Begin general support:
Provide a good foundation for your nervous system type and begin nutritional support. Though life threatening reactions would be extremely rare (and to my knowledge, unheard of), moving too quickly can result in more intense symptoms of ... ..more

Annonymous

What does the COMT Gene Mutation mean?

  4 years, 3 months ago

What does it mean to "spare dopamine"? As mentioned in the above COMT discussion. Not use it? Not create it?  ..more

MTHFR C677T Mutation: Basic Protocol by Dr Lynch on February 24, 2012 in C677T MTHFR Mutations
Have one or two copies of the MTHFR C677T mutation? Don’t know what to do?

After working with 100′s of individuals with this defect, I’ve developed a protocol which may help a significant number of people.
I want to make it absolutely clear that while the MTHFR C677T mutation may be common across a number of individuals, the outcome of supplementing with various nutrients can vary tremendously due to other genetic defects, dietary and lifestyle choices and environmental exposures.

Some of ... ..more

Elevated calcium relative to magnesium on a urine essential element test
Elevated calcium relative to magnesium on a red blood cell element test
Stims

Supports to help address high Calcium:
MitoForce Compounded Supplement
CoEnzyme Q10 Fatigue & Muscle Support Spray
GSH Capsules
Magnesium (Low dose in MetalAway, MTR/MTRR/SUOX and MitoForce)
Chamomile
Boswellia -Ayur Boswellia Serrata (In Inflammation compound-coming)
Vinpocetine
Zinc (Low dose In NaturoMycin Spray, SeroMood and PeptiMycin)
Paradex (In NaturoMycin Caps)
Don Quai - Max V
Air Power
Black Cohosh
Prevagen 5mg or less ..more

Dr. James, et. al., has found that folate trapping may occur when the MTR/MTRR is inefficient and/or there is a CBS up regulation. Since folate cannot be utilized properly under such conditions, it is not pulled through the cycle, as it should, which leads to a substantial build up. Therefore, high folate or B-12 levels may indicate a functional deficiency in that you may have enough of these critical nutrients, yet you cannot utilize them appropriately. ..more

Annonymous

What does a CBS Gene Mutation mean ?

  4 years, 3 months ago

CBS (cystathionine beta synthase) catalyzes the first step of the transsulfuration pathway, from homocysteine to cystathionine. Dr. Yasko considers addressing CBS mutations as first priority aside from addressing the gut.
This enzyme converts homocysteine to cystathionine. In a separate reaction, cystathionine is then converted to cysteine which in turn goes to taurine or glutathione among other things.

CBS defects are actually upregulations. This means the enzyme works too fast. Therefore, it is common to see low levels of cystathionine and homocysteine since there is a rapid conversion to taurine. This leads to high levels of taurine and ammonia.

The upregulation ... ..more

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What is a Folate Trap ?

  4 years, 3 months ago

The Folate Trap & Functional B 12 deficiency
Dr. James, et. al., has found that folate trapping may occur when the MTR/MTRR is inefficient and/or there is a CBS up regulation. Since folate cannot be utilized properly under such conditions, it is not pulled through the cycle, as it should, which leads to a substantial build up. Therefore, high folate or B-12 levels may indicate a functional deficiency in that you may have enough of these critical nutrients, yet you cannot utilize them appropriately.
#MTR #MTRR #CBS #B12 #Folate
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Evaluating the nervous system’s style or “dominance” is a key factor in the initial process i.e dopamine or seratonin dominance. This will allow for a more targeted regimen, based on your individual needs. This is why consulting with your Doctor is pivotal.

1. Slowly adding basic supplements & support: general minerals, vitamin B’s & B-12, digestive enzymes, probiotics, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, etc.

2. Gut Health is critical. Since most chronically ill adults & children have at least 1-2 (if not 3-4!) enzyme defects that affect the gut and digestion, the gut is always a factor. Gut bugs tend to ... ..more