Question: My husband recently started seeing a psych nurse after it was suggested by a family counselor. Our marriage was/is in serious trouble and the counselor thought it might be ADD. The psych nurse says it is MTHFR and that he absolutely cannot have any folic acid. In the very little that I have found on MTHFR, I cannot find anything that says to avoid folic acid. Has my husband completely misunderstood or am I just uneducated?
I am happy to see you both working through this together.
Those who have MTHFR genetic mutations have a difficult time ‘being themselves’ due to neurotransmitter imbalance, increased toxicity and fatigue.
Your husband may appear to be present yet he is unable to completely function due to the MTHFR mutation.
It is unwise for me to state if your husband misunderstood or if the psych nurse said something incorrectly.
It is also critical knowing which MTHFR mutation he has.
Those with C677T MTHFR mutations do not process folic acid into methylfolate well.
Those with A1298C MTHFR mutations have issues with biopterin.
What I can say is this:
Supplemental and enriched folic acid foods should be avoided by those afflicted with MTHFR C677T mutations because the MTHFR mutation has partially destroyed the MTHFR enzyme which is required to process folic acid completely.
Natural foods with folate should be consumed by all with MTHFR mutations as food folate helps make other forms of folic acid which are needed for various functions.
Those with C677T MHTFR mutations do not process folic acid into 5-MTHF.
If folic acid does not turn into 5-MTHF, folic acid levels build up. Elevated folic acid has potential to stimulate pre-existing cancer cells.
That said, it is unwise to provide supplemental folic acid to anyone with MTHFR C677T mutations.
However, what one should understand is there is an already methylated, active form of folic acid available. This is L-5-MTHF and is available via supplement form over the counter and is also available by prescription only.
How much 5-MTHF should your husband take?
It is impossible to say without knowing which MTHFR mutations he has and running further lab testing.
Mental disorders are not really a disorder in my book. They are rather dysfunction.
If you are able to identify the underlying cause of the neurological dysfunction, then the ‘mental disorder’ can disappear or be greatly improved.
Knowing that your husband has one or more MTHFR mutations is actually a great first step. MTHFR mutations can be massaged and worked with very effectively – so well in fact that your husband may actually become his actual self.
It would definitely improve his life.
When one has an improved life, their outlook shifts to becoming more positive and flexible.
This may lead to an improved marriage.