Anxiety is a MTHFR. No, seriously. Struggling with anxiety is closely connected to having the MTHFR mutation. I'm not at all saying that everyone who has a clinical anxiety disorder was misdiagnosed. I'm also not saying that anyone should stop taking their anxiety medication without a doctor's supervision. However, there are countless stories of people whose anxiety was cured, or at least made manageable, once the real root of the problem was addressed - being a MTHFR.
When you have the MTHFR mutation, you have impaired methylation, and thus a decreased ability to detox. Methylation is integral to every system of the body. When these pathways are not functioning properly, a wide variety of symptoms can manifest. Crippling anxiety is one of these symptoms that people with this mutation have been known to experience. Anti-anxiety medication may help to a degree, but it's a bit like putting a bandaid on a bullet wound. Anxiety that is manifesting due to impaired methylation can not be healed until the impaired methylation is addressed.
So how is impaired methylation addressed? The first step is to take a methylated B vitamin complex. Folic acid, the synthetic form of folate, is a big no-no for MTHFRs. Unfortunately, most supplements on the market use this evil synthetic twin, which is toxic to people with this genetic mutation. By supplementing with a methylated B vitamin complex, you can give your body the tools it needs to perform methylation properly. Cutting out other sources of folic acid, such as in processed food, is also necessary.
The next step, which is also very important, is to decrease your toxic load as much as possible. This can be done through detox, as well as an on-going healthy lifestyle that introduces minimal toxins into your system. Even with proper supplementation, your body will struggle to flush toxins as efficiently as someone without this mutation. Help yourself out by making changes that work with your genetics, rather than against them. This blog is full of ideas to get you started in your journey. Please take a look around begin to implement these tips into your lifestyle!
Have you noticed a decrease in anxiety since taking the proper supplements for the MTHFR mutation? Do you know anyone who has experienced this? Tell us about it!