The human genome contains about 10 million genetic SNP's, that's a lot. While our SNP's are set and we can't change them what we do to support our SNP's (the ones carrying mutations) can be a total game changer for how they affect us, or don't.
MTHFR, or methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene (I know, it's a mouthful) is responsible for producing a healthy MTHFR enzyme that will then go on to assist the body with countless different processes. One of them is detox. When we are carrying a mutation in our MTHFR gene (most of us are) these processes don't happen as efficiently as they should. Our precious little ones are left with chronic deficiencies in folate and b12, critical nutrients you can read more on here. People with mthfr complain of neurological symptoms like depression, anxiety + general mood disorder. I found in my practice couples have a hard time conceiving and carrying, while littles have a tendency towards speech delays, behavioral + learning issues as well as the neurological concerns mentioned above. But the worst part is how this affect our ability to ward of toxins. Therefore, anyone with this SNP has a tendency to need extra detoxification support, especially little ones who are so susceptible to the damaging effects of toxins.
Thankfully, this genetic SNP is gently supported by taking the methylated forms of both folate (b9) + cobalamin (b12). It's actually quite simple. Check your multi and the one you currently give your littles, if there is folic acid and not methyalted folate, you should probably say goodbye and move on to a much more superior choice. We recommend avoiding folic acid at all costs and being especially careful while you are pregnant or nursing.
Taking the methylated forms of these vitamins in your multi and making sure they are in your little's multi supports optimal levels of these critical vitamins while gently supporting the methylation detox pathway; effectively moving toxins out. If are trying to conceive, are pregnant or nursing we love this prenatal with methylated folate and b12.
Glutathione is another major WE CAN! It's the body's most abundant antioxidant and is produced by our GSTM1 SNP and a couple others. Unfortunately today children are often not carrying this gene at all, the results comes back as not present. Not present?! I was shocked the first time I saw this, then I kept seeing it over and over again. Naturally then, in nearly all the urine tests I reviewed women and their littles alike were deficient in this amazing free radical scavenger. In a world where we are constantly combating a multitude of these evil free radicals, we absolutely need to be supporting the little bodies that do not carry the gene responsible for producing one of the most powerful ways of fighting them off.
Ways to ensure healthy levels of glutathione:
-asparagus, onions, garlic, cruciferous veggies, avocado, and spinach all help maintain glutathione
-supplement with a liposomal glutathione when necessary
Remember, toxins are inevitable in our world but we have multiple ways of protecting our littles from their damaging affects.
Xo Dani and Whitney