Nutrigenomics Folate Requirement

Based on your genetics, your genetic predisposition for Folate Requirement is

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High

What does this mean?

Likely to have increased risk of folate deficiency Your genotype is associated with reduced enzyme activity and low serum folate levels.

How Is Your Genetic Risk Calculated?

This result is based on the SNPs(single nucleotide polymorphism)that are associated with Folate Requirement.

Genes
Your Genotype
What it means?
Genes: MTHFR
Your Genotype: CT
What it means? Reduced enzyme activity
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Limitations

This report does not diagnose any health conditions or provide medical advice. This should not be used as a diagnostic tool.
This result is limited to existing scientific research.
Please consult with a healthcare professional before making any major lifestyle changes or if you have any other concerns about your results.

What is Folate Requirement?

Folic acid (also known as folate or vitamin B9) is an essential nutrient from the B complex group of vitamins. Folate plays an important role in synthesis, repair and methylation of DNA, production of healthy red blood cell, cell division, as well as mental and emotional health.

Folate is especially needed during pregnancy and infancy, to reduce the risk of birth defects of the brain and spine. Folic acid deficiency is often associated with elevated levels of homocysteine, a naturally occuring amino acid produced using methylation process.

Do you have folic acid deficiency?

Factors affecting folic acid deficiency

You are likely at risk of vitamin B9 deficiency if most of your answer for the following is 'Yes':

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Suggested Lifestyle Changes

Dietary Recommendations:

  1. You should be able to maintain sufficient folate levels through a balanced diet. Leafy greens, organ meats, citrus fruit juices, legumes, nuts and fortified foods, such as enriched breads and cereals are good sources of folate.
  2. The bioavailability of folic acid is assumed to be 100% when taken as a supplement, while folic acid in fortified food is estimated to have about 85% bioavailability.
  3. Bioavailability of food sources varies widely between 25-50%, due to certain compounds in foods such as wholegrains and legumes, which inhibit folate absorption. Thus, naturally occurring folates are not as bioavailable as folic acid supplements.

Supplement Recommendations:

  1. Based on your genetic profile, you do not require supplementation. Supplementation is recommended if you are trying to conceive, or are pregnant.
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