Tag: homocysteine

The Importance of MTHFR Genotyping

  Republished with permission from SpectraCell Laboratories MTHFR is an enzyme responsible for converting 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate to the product 5-methyltetrahydrofolate. It is involved in the metabolism of folate and homocysteine. The product of the reaction catalyzed by MTHFR converts homocysteine (a potentially toxic amino acid) to methionine (a useful and necessary amino acid).  MTHFR Genotyping is… Read More »

Vitamin B12: Function, Deficiency Symptoms and Repletion

Republished with permission from SpectraCell Laboratories Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) is needed to form blood and immune cells, and to support a healthy nervous system. A series of closely-related compounds known collectively as cobalamins or vitamin B12 are converted into active forms, methylcobalamin or 5’-deoxyadenosylcobalamin. Methylcobalamin interacts with folate metabolism, preventing folate derivatives from being trapped… Read More »