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Methylfolate Side Effects & MTHFR

If you have recently been diagnosed with MTHFR (methylene-tetrahydrofolate reductase) gene mutations, more often than not most people are told that they need to take supplements of methylfolate or activated folate, this is NOT advisable.  The good news is this can work for some people with the mthfr gene mutation but should never be the first thing you do to treat the condition, the bad news is that often it is not the best place to start and in many cases can cause symptoms of methylfolate side effects.

When it comes to deciding on taking methylfolate for mthfr gene mutations its important to understand that no man or woman is created equal, with this knowledge you need to know that everyone, no matter who you are, is going to respond differently to methylfolate and for some there are serious side effects to consider in taking methylfolate.

One of the biggest problems for those that have mthfr mutations is learning the hard way, that taking methylfolate without the help of trained mthfr practitioners can get them into serious health problems and often make their existing condition worse.  For some people taking methylfolate does improve their health and for others it does more harm than good.

Symptoms of Methylfolate Side Effects

As mentioned previously everyone reacts differently to supplementing methylfolate, this ranges from:

  • Feeling better permanently
  • Feeling good initially then getting worse than when they started to take methylfolate
  • Feeling worse from taking methylfolate and experiencing side effects
  • Having severe depression and other emotional problems from taking methylfolate initially and or over a period of time

There are many possible symptoms & side effects that can come from taking methylfolate, this is because it is a powerful substance that has many influences in how our body works, so its important to understand other factors a person may have problems with and deal with those problems first before considering methylfolate supplementation, this more often than not can help prevent the side effects of methylfolate to assist those with mthfr gene mutations.

Common Methylfolate Side Effects

  • Anxiety
  • Aching joint
  • Acne
  • Depression (See methy
  • Mood swings
  • Emotional problems
  • Chronic pain
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Sore muscles
  • Rash
  • Panic attacks
  • Heart palpitations
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Severe muscle tension

Causes of methylfolate side effects

People with mthfr gene mutations often wonder why they get side effects form taking methylfolate, this is a complex question to answer, however the short answer has to do with how methylation is currently working for you personally, so it all depends on where your health is at right now, how your personal gene mutations are playing out right now and what other pre-existing problems have resulted from having mthfr that need addressing before any methylfolate treatment is considered.

The bottom line with methylfolate side effects is what we call “broken nutrition”, this means that your normal balance of nutrition is out of balance because you have the mthfr gene mutation/s and because your nutrition is out of balance, when you start taking methylfolate your body quickly starts to use up resources that you may or may not have, that causes serious imbalances chemically within your body and you’re left with noticeable and usually unwanted side effects, some of which are dangerous to your health.

Remember that by the time a person finds out that they have the mthfr gene mutation they have had many years to develop underlying health problems such as inflammation, nutritional deficiencies, detoxification problems and overall imbalanced health problems, so one day just trying to switch it all back on with methylfolate can be a very bad idea even if you don’t get side effects.  Those with mthfr gene mutations more often than not, need additional health investigation, nutritional support and mthfr treatments to regain some balance in order to be able to start slowly on any methylfolate supplementation program.

What to do if you experience methylfolate side effects

If you have been told to take methylfolate and you experience any of the symptoms on this page or on the dangers of 5 MTHF supplements page its best to stop taking any methylfolate or activated folate and seek professional mthfr treatment advice.  Remember everyone is different and so treating mthfr the right way for you is vitally important. If you are experiencing severe depression from taking methylfolate contact us or seek help from your health professional immediately.

Did you have any questions about methylfolate side effects & MTHFR?  Contact us here.

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