I had a major pulmonary event about ten years ago. Without going into too much detail (because, frankly, I blocked a lot of it), it was a pretty terrifying experience. My care team was at a loss as to why this event occurred (after all, I seemed to be perfectly healthy), so they ordered a set of tests to see if my genes had any answers.
While this super blood work didn’t find a direct genetic explanation for why this major health event happened to me, it did reveal something else: I, with 20-40% Of the white and Latino population in the United States, they have MTHFR gene variant It is called C677T.
This means that the MTHFR enzyme is 35-70% less efficient at converting Folic acid (also known as essential vitamin B9) and folic acid (the supplement form of folic acid) in the active form 5-MTHF that can be used throughout the body. This incompetence is causing me methylationA vitally important biochemical process that affects nearly every essential process in the body – for suboptimal operation.