MTHFR is a fairly over rated test. Treatment for this is Methyl B12, Folic acid and B6. The MTHFR gene…everyone has it…some of the genes in some people just don’t copy very well. Among the most likely reasons for the copying errors and thus variants of the enzyme are zinc deficiency and the presence of toxic metal poisoning such as mercury and copper toxicity. Copper, for example, directly antagonizes or blocks the action of zinc in some cases. This is critical to understand because these copying problems can be reversed, at least in some cases.
In light of this info, it may not hurt to add a little extra zinc to their list and make sure the patient is eating plenty of cooked greens.
The problem with taking folic acid in those the MTHFR copying error is that they ONLY take folic acid. If they want to take the other forms, that’s fine. But they will need to add B12 to their supplement list. Most of our patients get the B12/Folate regardless.
Additionally, there’s nothing special about the “metafolin” that’s typically recommended for these people…if they are truly MTHFR, as long as its “methyl folate” or “folinic acid” forms, they’re fine. I think with the SBN program and our form of folate, they would be fine because we are also taking care of other deficiencies/causes of the MTHFR.
We would order the Full SBN panel, hair test and urinalysis