Whilst this a complex topic', you might just find out some important insights into the science behind your health – based on modern genetic research.
Is anxiety connected to your genetics?From sweaty palms and dry mouth to headaches and panic attacks, we all experience anxiety differently. Research shows that there is a reason for this and it may involve your genetics more so than your stress levels.
Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR) – What is that?!MTHFR is an enzyme essential for converting folate (vitamin B9) or folic acid into the active form, methyltetrahydrofolate, or MTHF. Folate provides methyl groups for an important, life-preserving process called methylation. Among its many functions, methylation assists in protein synthesis, detoxification, hormone regulation, and neurotransmitter synthesis. Each of these processes plays a crucial role in mental health; but, when it comes to anxiety, the hormones and neurotransmitters may be unbalanced.
MTHFR Gene – The glue that holds you togetherEveryone has two copies of the MTHFR gene – one from each parent. However, it is possible for one or both of those copies to mutate and become dysfunctional. When that happens, any of the following can occur:
- Folic acid cannot be converted into folinic acid
- Without folinic acid, the brain cannot produce enough serotonin and dopamine
- Without serotonin or dopamine, the brain cannot properly stabilise mood
- With too much or too little dopamine, the brain struggles with focus and motivation