I used my doctor. He is a preventative medicine doctor so I guess he just checks for these things. If you look at 23andme.com, they are no longer doing health testing, only heritage background checks. Something about
the FDA wants to investigate them further. There's a disclaimer on the site explaining why if you check it out.
Google MTHFR and you will find pages and pages of interesting info. There are two genes they usually test, 677 and 1298. You can be homozygous for one or more or heterozygous for one or more. 1 in 2 people have some mutation of the enzyme. It has to do with not turning folic acid into folate, which leads to an imbalance everywhere else in your body. (anxiety, depression, panic, excess congestion, gut/intestinal/gerd issues, miscarriages, thrombosis (blood clots), anemia, migraines, etc). I'm guessing my doc has little experience with it or he wouldn't have put me on a multivitamin with folate and not done much else to help me with it. Methyl-folate is the form that we can absorb. It's a bit complicated but if you google it, there are helpful easy to understand websites.
Here's a good site. It's the same stuff you will find on the research pages, but this woman put it in her blog.
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