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Living with Pyroluria: 5 ways for you to take control

Mystery of PyroluriaPyroluria, once a hidden genetic disorder without a name or diagnosis, is actually more common than once thought. Although this blood condition is caused by a mutation, pyroluria arises in people with a family history of alcoholism, autism, bipolar disorder, depression, or schizophrenia. However, environmental toxicity may also be to blame. Either way, people suffering from pyroluria (called pyrolurics) experience uncomfortable and even debilitating symptoms. These symptoms tend to change the entire quality of life for pyroluria patients. But if you are pyroluric, it is important you understand that you are not defenseless. On the contrary, with consistent adjustments in your nutrition and lifestyle you can regain control of your life.
  1. Increase your fatty acid intake

Unlike most people, pyrolurics require more omega-6 fatty acids for their health. Arachidonic acid (AA) and gamma linolenic acid (GLA) are two essential omega-6 fatty acids that you can get from your diet or light supplementation. Try the following:
  • Beef (Organic grass-fed)
  • Butter (Organic grass-fed)
  • Eggs (Organic pastured)
  • Organ meats
  • Wild game
  • Black current seed oil
  • Hemp oil
  • Primrose oil
  1. Boost your zinc level

Zinc is essential for your skin, vision, immunity, and much more. Nevertheless, pyroluria deprives your body of zinc making you zinc deficient. So, taking a reliable organic zinc supplement will help you reverse and prevent zinc deficiency.
  1. Get more vitamin B6

Similar to zinc, a special co-enzymated form of vitamin B6 called P5P is also reduced to dangerous levels with pyroluria. Therefore, supplementing with vitamin B6 is quite necessary for alleviating symptoms related to P5P deficiency. Be sure to ‘Ask a Naturopath’ for assistance, as vitamin B6 supplementation is most effective when taken along with other methyl-donating supplements such as:
  • Choline
  • Folate
  • Trimethylglycine
  • Vitamin B12
  • Betaine HCl (also great for increasing stomach acid production which is low in pyrolurics)
  1. Eat fermented foods regularly

Unfortunately, deficiencies in zinc and vitamin B6 trigger a number of other deficiencies. These secondary deficiencies then cause several digestive difficulties for pyroluria patients. And with digestive issues, inflammation easily develops in the intestines. Still, you can reduce inflammation and stress in your gut by eating more fermented foods loaded with probiotics.
  1. Manage your stress!

You have heard it time and time again, but stress does destroy your health. Among other things, B vitamins serve to reduce stress. Thus, pyrolurics suffering from a vitamin B6 deficiency are even more susceptible to stress. So, consider applying some natural stress relief tips to your life. Overall, you should experience symptom relief by following these steps. Depending on the severity of your pyroluria, symptom relief may occur quickly or take some time. In most cases, supplementation can even be reduced to smaller doses as your symptoms minimise and your nutrient levels become sufficient. Mr Vitamins Naturopath Peter Radi has made a special study of Pyroluria and its related health conditions. You can view Peter's articles on Pyroluria here So do not risk your peace of mind or overall health, 'ask a naturopath' and schedule a consultation today!