MTHFR and Chiropractic
Recently there has been a lot of talk about MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene that contains the DNA code to produce the MTHFR enzyme. This enzyme, simply stated, helps us convert B vitamins into energy inside the cells) When there are mutations or variations in the MTHFR gene, there is enzymatic malfunction or decreased function, this is implicated in everything from serious genetic disorders to no so serious nuisance type problems. Because MTHFR is genetic, and appears in 60% of the population, there is little we can do about what passes to us from our parents, but a host of things we can do to support functioning of this enzyme and support the proper energy production. Many factors related to MTHFR, can cause a person to become deficient in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants; and conversely have higher levels of inflammation. So the standard clean diet, good sleep, exercise and of course chiropractic apply here..however chiropractic can also be a useful tool in detection of a MTHFR problem. Nutrient deficiency symptoms vary, but are very apparent to a physician educated about MTHFR. Deficiencies in calcium, magnesium, zinc, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), glutathione, iron and vitamins B1, B2, B6, B9 (folate), B12, and Vitamin D very common with MTHFR, and can effect chiropractic care. Many of these deficiencies can affect how we heal, perceive pain and even how an individual holds adjustments. Science has shown us time and again that low Vitamin D levels affect mood and increase pain, low levels of minerals cause muscle spasms, poor sleep and anxiety, and low levels of B vitamins increase our susceptibility to toxins and oxidative stress…all things patients visit the chiropractor for! In the meantime don’t start guessing where you’re deficient and taking supplements randomly. Listen to your body:
Is your fatigue unrelenting even after treatment? This could mean that your MTHFR mutation gives you the inability to utilize B vitamins properly, and your cells are “starving” for energy.
Are you holding your chiropractic adjustments? If not it is likely your MTHFR issue is causing low mineral levels in your cells.
Are you constantly getting injured or taking an extra-long time to recover? It is likely your levels of inflammation are higher; this alone can lead to long term damage and should be addressed in a timely fashion.
Of course, the best approach is proper diagnosis and treatment by a skilled provider who can educate and empower your healing. Eat well, Sleep Well and of course TURN YOUR POWER ON!! #mthfr #chiropractic #turnyourpoweron #ilovewatchingyouheal#drkendrabecker #sportsmedicine