Two Important Tests for Your Health

Posted on by Margo Gladding

Determining your MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) genotype gives you valuable information about your body's ability to methylate. Methylation is a crucial part of cell processes and reduced function has been linked to numerous medical conditions including neurological and cardiovascular disorders, mental dysfunctions and diabetes. Methylation is necessary for turning genes on and off, processing chemicals and toxins, building neurotransmitters, processing hormones, building immune cells, synthesizing DNA/RNA, producing energy, and producing the protective coating on nerves. The MTHFR Test by SpectraCell provides critical information relating to the most common MTHFR mutations. Through Village Green, as long as you have health insurance (except Cigna), this test is available at a discounted rate of $35. Because nutrition plays a substantial role in methylation pathways, it is recommended that you also do SpectraCell's Micronutrient Test. This test measures 33 different vitamins, minerals and amino acids and provides you with a detailed interpretive guide so that you can understand your specific nutritional deficiencies. Recommendations are also provided for optimal nutrient forms and dosage levels. With health insurance (except Cigna), SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Test is currently $88 through Village Green. Blood draws for both the MTHFR test and the Micronutrient test are free when you come to Village Green (Suite 202A) on Fridays between 10am-1pm. There is no fasting required for these blood tests. Once your results are in, you can schedule a private consultation (fees apply) with one of our Nutritionists to review your test results. If you have any questions or want further information, please contact Margo Gladding, MS, CNS, LDN at 301-530-0800 x1025.