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MTHFR stands for Methylene-Tetra-Hydro-Folate-Reductase and is an enzyme that helps metabolize homocysteine. The heterozygous MTHFR gene mutation means the mutation is on one copy of the gene, while Homozygous means it is on both copies of the gene.What to eat with a MTHFR mutation?
It's not as easily used by people with an MTHFR mutation and may interfere with the absorption of l-methylfolate. Strive to eat a diet that is healthy in general and includes folate-rich foods. Leafy greens, broccoli, lentils, and many beans are great sources of folate, fiber, and other nutrients.What is the MTHFR genetic defect and how can it affect you?
Effects on the Human Body. If you have an MTHFR mutation, an inability to process folic acid (vitamin B9) can have serious effects. A deficiency in B9 can cause a growing fetus to develop devastating neural tube defects like spina bifida or anencephaly. Folate deficiency can also result in lethargy, impaired cognitive function, and mood disorders.