My journey did not begin when I had lupus.

How many of you have experienced the same things that I am going to talk about?  I am hoping that this will help you see you are not alone and will help members of your family realize what you may be dealing with to offer you support.

I used to be the person that could do 5 things at once, now I find myself struggling to accomplish just one simple task.  I have kept a positive attitude for years, but I find that I need a little more help staying upbeat.  I love my family and my children and that is the biggest thing that keeps me going.

I think the biggest change I have experienced is that my positive attitude and mind says “yes you can” and my body replies back “no you can’t”.  I also feel that people look at me and think that I am okay. It is very hard for my family to realize what is going on underneath the surface.  I feel like the duck scenario.  They look calm and cool above water, but they are swimming like heck underneath to keep afloat.

My journey did not begin when I had lupus.  I also have other underlying medical issues, which made it hard for them to properly diagnose me from having so many similar symptoms.  However, I was finally sent to a Lupus Center that did take time to go through my medical notes, talk with my doctors and run more tests.  Having SLE is a double whammy for me in addition to my MTHFR (which also causes extreme medical problems).  My first response was “what else could go wrong?”.  Next came a flood of mixed emotions:  anger, frustration, scared, worried, and feeling alone just to name a few.  Then I the fighter in me came out telling myself “you can fight this too”.

I fight extreme fatigue and muscle pain and numerous neurological issues on a daily basis.  The combination of my genetic disorder MTHFR and SLE has caused other complications and diagnosis such as Raynauds, Depression, Anemia, Migraines, Mini Strokes, Blood Clots, Memory Loss, Non Alcholic Liver Disease, Fibromyalgia, Muscle and Nerve damage and some Organ failure.  (I now have a bladder stimulator implant and an ileostomy since my anatomic organs are beginning to fail with others possibly soon to follow).  This is to name a few….

My biggest obstacle I have on top of my illness is finding doctor’s in my area that actually will take the time to help me come up with solutions.  So many of them have simply told me that I was too complicated of a patient and they do not feel they can help me. (Hence my 14 specialist that are not in the same network to work together for possible solutions) I am currently receiving IV therapy treatments 1-2 xs a month to help alleviate some of my milder but annoying symptoms.

So, I am taking matters into my own hands to become my own advocate by researching my Lupus in conjunction with my MTFHR, studying proper foods, diets, exercise, recommended medications or home remedies and what to possibly avoid, etc.  This is what led me to posting this blog so that others can know that they are not alone and that there is hope. Along with that I am hoping to receive comments on what may be working for others so I can incorporate that into my daily journey and get the mental and emotional support I really need to keep moving forward.  I recommend that others do the same. In addition, this will help others that are reading my blog.

I hope that you will share with me and others what might be working for you.  What helps you keep a positive attitude?  What do you do on bad days that helps you keep on keeping on?  What are some things that you have found help you alleviate your MTHFR or Lupus symptoms?

Thanks for stopping by.  We all are looking forward to hearing from you!

It’s Time for a CHANGE

I am usually a very private person, but then I thought… as supportive as my family and friends are, do they truly understand what I am going through?  Maybe there are others out there that are experiencing the same thing I am and they need to hear they are not alone.  They need to hear if something worked or did not work for me to maybe help them if they are going through hard times…. So, I decided what better way to get the weight off my shoulders by expressing myself to “vent” while possibly allowing others to vent as well and learn from my life’s ups and downs in living with MTHFR? 

It’s time for a change….

They say change is good.  You’d think I’d be used to change and “going with the flow” by now but I am having a hard time adapting to all the changes that I need to make. I have to keep a positive outlook, however, and I think that over time, things will turn out just fine.

Here are my most recent changes (diagnosis):

After finally finding a neurologist that tested me based off my symptoms: numbness and tingling in my feet and hands, varying degrees of muscle weakness, multiple-system atrophy, painful sensation of tickling, tingling, burning, pricking, or numbness and problems with autonomic nervous system….. I was diagnosed with peripheral polyneuropathy with axonal loss. She sent me for Nerve conduction velocity (NCV) and electromyographic (EMG) testing.  The good thing is that it is not Multiple Sclerosis!  The bad news is that it does come with its own set of problems.

The definition of peripheral neuropathy can range from a condition in which there is damage to nerve fibers within the peripheral nervous system to the more traditional distal symmetric polyneuropathy which multiple and usually bilateral large fiber peripheral nerves are involved.

What I found in my research and talking with the doctors is Polyneuropathy is a serious, unpredictable, occasionally progressive, and life threatening neurological disorder that occurs when many nerves throughout the body malfunction simultaneously. It may be acute and appear without warning, or chronic and develop gradually over a longer period of time. Many polyneuropathies have both motor and sensory involvement; some also involve dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. These disorders are often symmetric and frequently affect the feet and hands, causing weakness, loss of sensation, pins-and-needle sensations or burning pain.

Such patients usually present with varying combinations of altered sensation, pain, and muscle weakness in the extremities. If loss of proprioception in the lower extremities occurs, patients will have difficulty with balance and walking (sensory ataxia). Symptoms are usually relatively symmetric and most predominant in the lower extremities. If cranial nerves are involved, patients may present with symptoms of cranial neuropathy, especially facial weakness which helps explain my multiple tias that I experience.

My changes now include aquatic therapy three times a week and a change in my attitude each and every day.

I was also recently diagnosed as border-line diabetic.  This is good news to me considering that it was caught prior to becoming an actual type 2 diabetic.  The change here is fairly easy because I know what I can and cannot eat and make changes to my diet and nutrition.  As frustrating as it can be to read all the labels and menu items, I think it will be a fun challenge and a great way to try out new recipes.

I’m hopeful that all this change will result in something wonderful and I know that I just need to stop worrying about the “what-ifs” and focus on the positives. Are you good with change or are you like me and sometimes worry about the changes in your future?


Penni M.

Cooking Recipes

This research will be a little bit harder since some people with MTHFR experience side effects or they are not healthy for us to eat.  I know I struggle with preparing meals and snacks for my family around “what I can and cannot eat”.  I am hoping this will help others as well. Enjoy and please feel free to post recipes that have good healthy ingredients to share with others who are reading.

I am also trying to find “easy and cheaper” recipes to include.


Baked Zucchini Chips

 INGREDIENTS: 1 large zucchini 2 tbsp. olive oil … small amount of sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Line two large baking sheets (I used two 17″ baking sheets) with silicon baking mats or parchment paper. Slice your zucchini on a mandolin. Mine had 1, 2, or 3 for thickness and I used 2. After you slice your zucchini, place the slices on a sheet of paper towels and take another paper towel and sandwich the zucchini slices and press on them. This helps draw out the liquid so it’ll cook a bit faster. Line up the zucchini slices on the prepared baking sheet tightly next to each other in a straight line, making sure not to overlap them. In a small bowl, pour your olive oil in and take a pastry brush to brush the olive oil on each zucchini slice. Sprinkle salt throughout the baking sheet. Do NOT over-season, in fact, it’s better to use less salt initially because the slices will shrink; so if you over-season, it’ll be way too salty! You can always add more later. Bake for 2+ hours until they start to brown and aren’t soggy and are crisp. Let cool before removing and serving. Keep in an airtight container for no more than 3 days.

I just want to me again? Is there a “new” me?

I am usually a very private person, but then I thought… as supportive as my family and friends are, do they truly understand what I am going through?  Maybe there are others out there that are experiencing the same thing I am and they need to hear they are not alone.  They need to hear if something worked or did not work for me to maybe help them if they are going through hard times…. So, I decided what better way to get the weight off my shoulders by expressing myself to “vent” while possibly allowing others to vent as well and learn from my life’s ups and downs in living with MTHFR? 

I want to be me again!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

I want to be happy!  I mean TRULY happy again and banish these feelings of helplessness and worthlessness which causes me to be angry and feel frustration towards most everything that I am encountering lately.  I feel like some days I am on the edge of a cliff just waiting for the next “thing” or “person” to push me over….


I used to be able to do anything I wanted and pretty much had a full schedule.  I have always had a positive attitude in my life and could pretty much handle whatever anyone through at me.  It made me learn from my mistakes and it made me grow stronger in anything I ever did to handle the next situation that life may have thrown at me.

What causes me to feel more frustration lately is that in my mind, I can still do what I did before and “think” that I can handle the next stressor that is up coming.  However, my body and my emotions are not on the same track as what I think in my mind.

I do have good days and bad days, but can I just tell you… They are nothing like the old days when you always saw a smile on my face and I was the one everyone depended on to keep the family in motion. I did it with pride and felt like I was a good mother, companion, and friend and wore my many hats (never ever complaining).

See, I love my family so very much and I have always been there for them.  I feel now that I am unable to be the “mother” I really need to be and I feel as if I am disappointing my children and grandchildren.

This to me is the greatest disappointment and frustration that I am encountering emotionally.  They deserve the best of “me”.  But what “me” has to offer some days is really not much.  It is all I can do to give me… “me”.

I am very luck that I do have a supportive family, but it just weighs so much on my mind, that I have not been able to overcome this.  Since you may not be aware, I have finally started going to counseling to have someone to talk to.  I used to be embarrassed by this, but now I think it was a good thing and may be what keeps me going on my bad days.

They recently diagnosed me with “severe depression” My immediate reaction was, well, no wonder!  What can I positively find in my life any more?????…. I wake up not knowing if I am going to be okay, am I going to be able to walk on my feet that hurt so bad every morning or even sit up straight because I have tremendous amounts of pain in my lower back and belly, or I am going to start my day off thinking I am okay and then end up in the hospital again from an unexpected a mini stroke?  Am I going to be able to breath enough to go up and down my steps to do the laundry or even get to my bathroom? Am I going to make it to my daughter’s basketball game, cook my family supper, or even attempt to go to the grocery store?…. And the list goes on…. I am thinking would you not be depressed?

Then, in my mind, I smack myself across the face and think, “you idiot”.  You are still here for your family (your children and grandchildren).  You are still here to breathe the fresh air and gather up the sunshine or sit in the cold snow and watch them make snow angels in the amazement of the numerous amounts of beautiful snowflakes. You are still here to watch the sunrise and sunsets (things I am sure I took advantage of before) and you still can try to make the MOST out of each and every day.


I say to my inner self,  “No, you can’t and will not be able to do the things you used to be able to do, but hey, let’s try finding some new hobbies that you can do!  Let’s try doing little things at a time each day starting with one thing and feel some sense of accomplishment for doing the dishes or dusting the table.  Let’s take on a new perspective to get that positive attitude back for what I can do!”  No, I am not crazy for talking to myself…. At least I don’t think so at this point… But I am trying to keep a positive attitude and rearrange my lifestyle according to my day.

I think this is the only way I am going to survive this journey with MTHFR. 

I have realized that the moment I see I am headed into frustration, agony, sorrow and low self-esteem – it is important that I learn to shift my thoughts! Sometimes it might just help me to think about something completely unrelated, but it helps me more when I find the positive in everything that is trying to bring me down.

 Here are a few examples that I am trying to re-train my brain:

My hair is falling out –  it’s okay, I now have a new summer haircut AND if I have to, I will wear my wig, then I will never experience another bad hair day, right?

I can’t eat my favorite foods anymore –  that’s okay, now I can experience a new taste pallet and find another favorite food that I can eat without having a bad reaction. It’s a great way to try out new recipes.

Oh wait, you can’t cook today because you can stand up or are too weak that’s okay, maybe I could not prepare a gourmet meal and cook (which was one of my favorite things to do) BUT… you can put something in the microwave and your family still has food on the table!

I can’t plan on much this week because I have 3-5 doctors’ appointmentswell, this gives me time to take a new scenic route, spend time with my mom who drives me sometimes, and hey, I don’t ever have time to read… so sitting waiting at the offices gives me time to pick up a good book, right?

I can’t remember this morning, yesterday or last week –  that’s okay,  I make myself notes and have been creative in writing daily journals. (something I would have never taken the time to do before). I can watch a movie I previously watched before and not know how it is going to end! I can read something I read before and it is interesting to me again.  Plus, some things I do or read jog my memory and I can begin to remember bits and pieces.  I will be okay with that!

I can’t do… (whatever it was I want to do) because I am too weak or sick –  that’s okay because there has to be at least ONE thing I can accomplish today even if it is something minor.  I am not going to just stay in bed and let the day pass by me! Maybe I can relax and soak in the tub (find some “me” time while relaxing my sore, weak muscles) Yeap, that is something positive!

You get my point, trying to find the positive things in life (NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE) will always outweigh focusing on the negatives!  The power of remaining positive, whatever the situation, can never be underestimated. It may take a lot to find it…. But it is there!

Here are some examples of what I want to accomplish:

*No matter how unfortunate my current situation may appear, I realize it is important to recognize the beautiful lessons waiting to be discovered.

* I start thinking about the blessings and miracles I have in my life. I find that once I start looking for them, I realize just how lucky I am with all the abundance of blessings in my life.

*I keep an inventory of memories that I can go to that will immediately make me smile and find that positive attitude and my blessing if I cannot get out of that funk on my own.  I actually am realizing that my new hobby is actually photography.  I love going back to my computer and looking at the pictures I took of my family or videos that help me remember and relive the happy times I experience with my family and friends.

My new philosophy is living life to its fullest!

I am working on this constantly!

If you feel or have felt this way too, “I am right here with you, working towards better understanding of my emotions and becoming a better person. I hope that something I have done or said will help you in your journey as well.”

Penni M.


Juicing Recipes for Health

 with Vegetables, Herbs and Fruits 




*It’s best to leave the skins on in juicing vegetable recipes, that’s where much of the nutritional value is.  Your juicer will shred and break down the skins and extract all that nutritional goodness for you to enjoy.

* Fresh and organic vegetables are more consistent with your health goals. Always WASH them even if they are home grown!

*And be sure to read my Juicing, it’s really important, blog page to find out which recipe meet your nutritional needs.

* HAVE FUN WITH THIS! Be creative with your vegetable juicing recipes not just for taste, but for the nutritional value!  Let your imagination run wild and over time work towards drinking plenty of green juices as they are packed full of nutrition, have low sugar content, and can help alkalize your body!

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STARStrawberry Pear Orange Juice

12-15 strawberries    *    1 pear   *    1 orange

Wash fruits. Pinch the greens off the strawberries. Peel the orange leaving some of the pith. Break into segments. Remove stem from pear and cut into halves or quarters. Put all into the juice machine. Garnish with a piece of fruit. Makes approximately 12 oz.

MEANMean Green Juice Variations:

Mean Green Juice (original)

This is the official recipe used by Joe Cross and Phil Staples according to the Reboot Program.

6 Kale Leaves   *   1 Cucumber   *    4 Celery Stalks    *   2 Green Apples   *    1/2 Lemon   *    1 piece of ginger

Mean Green Juice #2

handful spinach   *    3 stalks of kale   *    2 golden delicious apples   *    small handful parsley   *    1 lemon   *    1 cucumber

Mean Green Juice #3

2 stalks celery    *   1/2 cucumber    *   1/2 apple   *    1/2 lemon   *    small piece ginger    *    1/2 green chard leaf bunch    *   cilantro   *    5 kale leaves   *    handful spinach

Mean Green Juice #4

1/2 pear   *    1/2 green apple   *    handful spinach    *   handful parsley    *   2 celery stalks    *   1/2 cucumber    *   small piece ginger    *   slice of papaya


  • peel or slice off lemon rind leaving some of the white pith
  • to juice small leaves such as parsley and cilantro, roll them up into a ball to compact the leaves
  • wash all vegetables and fruits before making juice
  • buy organic if possible

FRUITSPineapple Watermelon Mango Juice

1/2 of a pineapple    *    1/2 of a mini watermelon    *   1 mango   *    1 cup FILTERED water.

Core and cut pineapple in half, then into chunks that will fit through your juicer chute.   Cut watermelon in half.  Cut the green outer rind away, then cut watermelon into large chunks.  Peel mango and cut into slices. Discard inner core/pit.  Push all ingredients through juicer.  Add one cup cold filtered water.  Chill for at least 30 minutes, then serve over ice.  Makes 4 cups.

The Red Racer – This one will be a great treat for those sweet tooth’s out there like me.  Consumption of these berries will reduce your cravings for the unhealthy sweets.  Or so that is what I find with me.

1 Cup raspberries  *   1 Cup Strawberries   *   2 Oranges   *   2 Apples

Using electric juice extractor, press all ingredients in the juicer. Whisk to combine

The Green Carrot – Juice cucumbers with their skins on. The dark green skin is a great source of chlorophyll that can help build red blood cells

1 Cup of spinach   *   1/2 Cucumber   *   2 Stalks of celery including leaves   *   3 Carrots   *   1/2 Apple

Using electric juice extractor, press all ingredients in the juicer. Whisk to combine.

Green Energizer Bunny – This one will keep you on your toes for hours!

2 Apples   *   1/2 Cucumber   *   1/2 Lemon (peeled)   *   1/2 Cup of kale   *   1/2 Cup of spinach   *   1/4 Bunch of celery   *   1/4 Bulb of fennel   *   1″ of Ginger   *    1/4 Head of romaine lettuce

Using electric juice extractor, press all ingredients in the juicer. Whisk to combine.

The Hangover Juice – Calcium and magnesium (from both cauliflower and broccoli) are an essential combination that can help prevent and relieve headaches.  If you encounter a hangover headache the next day, juice and drink the above combination two or three times or until the headache subsides.  Vitamin C is needed to continually detoxify your system.

1 Cup cauliflower   *   1 Cup broccoli   *    1 Apple

Using electric juice extractor, press all ingredients in the juicer. Whisk to combine.

Heartburn Reliever – This combination is very efficient in soothing the pain of heartburn. These highly alkaline produce neutralize the acidic environment, are very cleansing and building.

1 Cup Spinach   *   6 Carrots

Using electric juice extractor, press all ingredients in the juicer. Whisk to combine

A Beet Beauty – The color of this one alone will make your smile even larger.  This is packed with flavor and will keep you coming back for more.

2 beets, (including greens optional)   *   2 carrots   *   1 apple, quartered and cored   *   1″ ginger

Using electric juice extractor, press beets, beet greens (if using), carrots, apple and ginger. Whisk to combine.

Recipes from juicer I personally purchased:

Tropical Aloe Ginger- Ginger is highly anti-inflammatory, and coconut juice is highly moisturizing: too key aspects to healthy skin and healthy bodies.

1 cup pineapple   *      inch chunk ginger   *   1-2 cups romaine lettuce   *   ¼ cup coconut water   *   1 inch aloe (REMOVE green skin)
Juice all but aloe and coconut water, then add to a blender, and blend the aloe with the juice. Mix in coconut water. Serve over ice
Mango Aloe Juice
1 ripe mango   *   ½ pear   *   ½ cucumber   *   1-2 cups spinach   *   1-1 ½  inches aloe pulp (remember to remove the green skin!)
Juice all but the aloe, pour into a blender with peeled aloe, blend. Pour over ice and dilute with water to taste, enjoy. If you are feeling like a green smoothie instead, add a banana and/or avocado, some ice, and blend all. Enjoy! Mango adds beta carotene, and spinach adds folate, both of which are essential for good skin health.
Chattahoochee Cherry Juice Recipe  –don’t forget to sprinkle some fresh cinnamon on this, makes it even more tasty!
1 cup fresh cherries (mixture of tart and ripe)   *   1/2 crisp yellow or white peach   *   2 large handfuls chopped collards (or 1 full leaf)   *   1 medium carrot   *   ½ cucumber
Using electric juice extractor, press all ingredients in the juicer. Whisk to combine
Citrus Cucumber Refresher
1/2 cucumber (peeled, if desired.. I like to keep my peel on for more nutrition)   *   2 oranges, peeled   *   1 lemon, peeled   *
In a juicer, process the cucumber, oranges and lemon. Stir before drinking
SWEET-AS-CANDY JUICE: From Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan blog:

2 apples whole or, depending on size, you can cut in half; no need to take seeds out   *   4 oranges, peeled   *   7 strawberries   *   1 pear whole or cut in half; no need to take seeds out   *   2 carrots   *   Your choice: 2-4 leaves of rainbow chard or 1 beet—greens and all
Juice all together then finish by running a tablespoon of water through the juicer to catch any last nutrients in your juice.

BONUS!….Juicing Recipes for Hair Growth:

This was important to me since my hair began to fall out and get super thin!


Remembering that cucumber is high in potassium, manganese, silica and sulfur, the silica in cucumber, especially when combined with carrots, works well in juicing for hair growth. The silica in cucumber juice also improves the condition of your skin and fingernails. Cucumber is largely water and hydrates your body thoroughly.

A juice to do the trick 
½ Cucumber   *   Large Carrots, ends trimmed   *   1 apple

This is an easy-to-drink blend that is light, sweet, and very pleasant tasting. The apple sweetens the juice and also helps promote healthy digestion.

A drink for the health of your hair
¼ Cucumber   *    4 Large Carrots, ends trimmed   *    1 Large Tomato

The tomato adds Lycopene, which helps the body fight the production of cancerous cells. The high amount of Vitamin A in both carrots and tomatoes also increases the capacity of this juice to improve the health and possibly even the growth rate of your hair.

Cleansing juice to promote growth

5 Large Carrots, ends trimmed    *    ½ Cucumber   *    ½ Small beet

Beets are extremely cleansing when in liquid form and boost the body’s immunity against many types of cancers, as well as common ailments and aches. Beets should be used in small portions and only when diluted with other vegetables.

great information found from another person’s research about juicing for hair loss from chemo:

JUICING, it Really IS Important!


After several doctors referring me to “nutritionists”, I became very frustrated.  They really didn’t tell me much other than what I should eat, which is what they are supposed to do, and it was really what every person that wanted to be This would help me be able to alleviate what problem I might be experiencing at that particular moment.

Getting even more frustrated with what I could not eat and having an absorption problem with the foods I ate, I spoke with a GI nutritionist/naturopathic specialist in LA who helped me out greatly. He recommended an IV nutrient therapy, but since no one in my area was familiar with how to do that, he recommended juicing to get all the foods necessary for a healthy lifestyle. So….. I have decided to add all of what I have learned here on my blog to share with others. I will continue updating it as I find more information.

Juicing for a Health Condition:

There’s plenty of websites out there about people who started juicing to lose weight, but in my research,  I have found is that the ingredients were also helpful for  existing health conditions. Although I need to lose 25 lbs. or so, I figure I will get the benefit of both!

There are several juicers out there and I personally do not know which one is better than others, but I am using the Magic Bullet and the Magic Blender. I do not promote them in anyway, it is just my personal experience and what I could personally afford at the time I began juicing.

A few tips to consider!

*Buy local and organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible so you’re getting the freshest and most nutritious produce available to you!  If you cannot do this, frozen is actually at times fresher than your local super market.  It is also a good idea economically so that your foods do not get wasted if you do not use them right away.

* When juicing melons, don’t remove the interior white rind or peel because much of the nutritional value is in this section of the fruit. You want to get as much nutrition as possible!

* With citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit and tangerines) remove the rind, but keep as much of the white pith as possible because it’s full of nutrients. You can juice lemons and limes whole without peeling, but the skin from oranges and grapefruits make it to tart and are overbearing on the taste in my opinion. Only use the peels from these when the recipe actually states to use them.

* You will get the best juice from firm, ripe fruits and vegetables. If it is over ripe or too soft you will extract more pulp than juice.

Because I wanted to be sure to give you the benefits of the ingredients in the recipes, I will have the recipes in another post and update them each when I discovery new recipes. Please consult a physician or other health care professional for your specific health care and/or medical needs or concerns. It is important that you talk to your doctor so that you can gather all the information about your health (ex. age, health history, symptoms, etc.)  This will help you decide which recipe may be more beneficial to your circumstances.

Please keep in mind, I am against animal testing, however, I do not object to researchers and scientists feeding animals’ healthy food to determine cures and assisting humans to become healthier!





*French researchers found that a flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones. The high content of vitamin K is essential in anchoring calcium in bones, making it important to bone health.

* A study on mice at Cornell University found that the quercetin in apples may protect brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

* One study found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 43 percent lower risk of colon cancer. Other research shows that the pectin in apples reduces the risk of colon cancer and helps maintain a healthy digestive tract.

* Research found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 57 percent lower risk of liver cancer.

* A Cornell University study found that rats that ate one apple per day reduced their risk of breast cancer by 17 percent. Rats fed three apples per day reduced their risk by 39 percent and those fed six apples per day reduced their risk by 44 percent.

* One recent study shows that children with asthma who drank natural apple juice on a daily basis suffered from less wheezing than children who drank apple juice only once per month. Another study showed that children born to women who eat a lot of apples during pregnancy have lower rates of asthma than children whose mothers ate few apples.

* Apples contain a natural laxative. When juiced, it helps aid bowel movements. It is most effective when mixed with carrots and spinach juices, you can expect bowel movement the next day. Regularly eating apples also will ensure bowel movements due to its gel-forming fiber, pectin. It improves the intestinal muscle’s ability to push waste through the gastrointestinal tract.

* A Brazilian study found that women who ate three apples or pears per day lost more weight while dieting than women who did not eat fruit while dieting.

* The pectin in apples supplies galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes

* According to a study of 10,000 people, those who ate the most apples had a 50 percent lower risk of developing lung cancer. Researchers believe this is due to the high levels of the flavonoids quercetin and naringin in apples.

* The pectin in apples lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. People who eat two apples per day may lower their cholesterol by as much as 16 percent.*




*Drinking natural lemon juice is helpful for people suffering with heart problems as it contains potassium. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness, nausea as provides relaxation to mind and body. It reduces mental stress and depression.

*Lemon juice, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can participate to cure problems related to skin. Drinking of lemon juice mixed with water and honey brings glow to the skin.

*Lemon juice assists in curing respiratory problems, along with breathing problems and revives a person suffering from asthma. Lemon, being a rich rich source of vitamin C, helps in dealing with respiratory disorders.

*Adding natural lemon juice to a beverage can help increase weight loss.

*Recent studies shown that limonoids in lemons help in reducing cholesterol.




Cantaloupe is a Super food for skin because just one serving (1/4 medium melon) is an excellent source of vitamins A and vitamin C. These vitamins encourage the skin cell turnover and supports the formation of collagen the connective tissues that give your skin its elasticity and youthful fullness.



Watermelon is everyone’s favorite summer fruit, or is it? Did you know that the Watermelon isn’t even a fruit? Yeah, neither did I.


*Watermelon’s cleansing and natural diuretic effect is healing for kidney and bladder problems.

*The rich beta-carotene and vitamin C content in watermelon do wonders in quenching inflammation that contributes to conditions like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

*Watermelon’s diuretic action helps to eliminate excess fluids from the body, reducing water retention, especially for women during their monthly menstruation cycle and in pregnant women.

*Lycopene (from red watermelons) has been extensively researched for its anti-oxidant and cancer-preventing properties. It is reported to be especially protective against prostate cancer.

*The combination of folic acid and the other essential vitamins in watermelon plays an important role in reducing the risk of colon cancer.

*The combination of folic acid and the other essential vitamins in watermelon plays an important role in reducing the risk of strokes.

*The combination of folic acid and the other essential vitamins in watermelon plays an important role in reducing the risk of heart attacks.

*Cucurbitacins, compounds found in watermelon, have been shown to induce cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in human breast cancer cells. The high carotenoid levels found in watermelon are also likely to offer protection against breast cancer.

*The powerful anti-oxidant in watermelon reduces toxic matters in the body, which in turn reduces asthma attacks.

*Drink a big glass of watermelon juice. It is very effective in aiding the elimination of wastes. Consuming plenty of this red juice will do a lot of good.

*Natural watermelon juice is healthful in preventing cholesterol from clogging arteries and can increase HDL, the good cholesterol, reducing the risks of cardiovascular diseases.




*Pears have a high level of boron. Boron can help the body to retain calcium, which can help prevent or retard osteoporosis.

*Natural Pear juice has an anti-inflammatory effect and helps relieve sufferers of much pain in various inflammatory conditions.

*The anti-oxidant nutrients in pears are a great way to boost your immune system. Drink pear juice at the first sign of a cold.

*Pears have a high content of pectin, which helps to lower cholesterol levels.

*Pears have anti-oxidants and anti-carcinogen glitathione which helps prevent high blood pressure.

*Pears have anti-oxidants and anti-carcinogen glitathione which helps to prevent strokes.

*The high copper and vitamin C content in pears as good anti-oxidants that can protect cells from damages by free radicals.

*Pears have a high amount of NATURAL fructose and gluclose, which helps you get a quick and natural boost of energy.



*Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.

*But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

200 students at a Twickenham school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system..

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chroniclercases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

*So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE TIMES the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!’


Ten Fabulous Facts About Kiwifruit


*Kiwifruit is highly effective in enhancing and modulating the immune system function, thereby contributing to combat and prevent cold and flu, as well as other types of infections and inflammation

*The high magnesium content in kiwifruit enhances energy production within the brain, thereby increasing concentration, memory, and relieving mental fatigue.

*Several nutrients contained in kiwifruit, including iron, copper and vitamins C and E, have antioxidant properties.

*Due to its relatively high content in fiber, kiwifruit has natural laxative properties that help cleanse the digestive tract and prevent or remedy digestive disorders.



In some ways, frozen fruits can be even more nutritious than fresh fruit (unless you happen to live on a farm and pick your own), because it is picked and then frozen in time right when it is at its freshest.

HINT: To keep the strawberries fresh longer in the refrigerator, use 1 Part White Vinegar to 10 Parts Water. Soak the strawberries, leaves and all in the vinegar/water mixture for a few minutes. Then drain the strawberries in a colander until they are completely dry.
Then place strawberries in an uncovered bowl in the refrigerator. The vinegar/water mixture kills any mold spores on the strawberries and keeps them fresh longer. The vinegar does not affect the taste. This also works for all kinds of berries: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc. It really works!!”


*It has been shown that, besides having an anti-anemic effect, folic acid found in strawberries can help improve memory, concentration and the brain’s ability to process information.

*Strawberry is included in the list of top “superfoods” that help lower cancer death rates. This is because of the very high content of various anti-oxidants with flavonoids that work synergistically and more powerfully against oxidation and preventing damages caused by free radicals in our body.

*Strawberries are very rich in vitamin C, which plays a key role in enhancing immune system function, as well as in preventing and fighting infectious diseases such as flu and cold.

*Strawberries contain moderate amount of acetylsalicylic acid, the same active ingredient found in aspirin. Although the amount of acetylsalicylic acid found in strawberries is not enough to relieve influenza symptoms, it can be actually helpful to thin blood and prevent blood clots formation, thereby reducing the work of the heart and improving its function.

*Anthocyanidin is a unique flavonoid that makes strawberries a very powerful protector against inflammatory conditions such as asthma, gout, artherosclerosis, arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. At the same time it protects against intestinal bleeding.

*The high content in potassium found in strawberries enhances diuresis, which contributes to detoxifying the body, as well as regulating blood pressure.

*Due to their high content in vitamin C, strawberries stimulate the secretion of salivary and gastric juices, thereby improving the digestion of starchy and protein foods. In addition, fiber contained in strawberries effectively reduces constipation and cleans the colon, with a beneficial detox effect for the body.




*One cup of blueberries only have about 80 calories.

*Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, such as anthocyanins. Anthocyanins have been shown to enhance the benefits of vitamin C in your body. It also plays a role in the stability of collagen, which is a building block of all body tissues.

*One study found that blueberries deliver 38% more phytonutrients than red wine does.

*Blueberries include certain vitamins and nutrients that help fight the effects of free radicals, unstable atoms that damage cells.

*Extracts of bilberry, which is a cousin of blueberry, have been shown to improve nighttime vision and the ability of your eyes to adapt to different levels of light. Future studies about the benefits of blueberries aim to examine the effects that blueberries may have on restoring poor eyesight which is related to diabetes.

*Blueberries are rich in Vitamin C which is vital to a healthy immune system, as well as healthy gums and capillaries, especially important if you’re at risk for microvascular disease.

*Vitamin C in blueberries also helps the body absorb iron.

*The research findings confirmed the ability of blueberries to destroy free radicals

*Natural blueberry juice contain compounds that reduce the ability of E. coli to adhere to the lining of the bladder and urethra

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*Lettuce juice is an excellent source of hydration at the cellular level. They are refreshing, thirst-quenching and help rehydrates our cells and releasing toxins and harmful fats from our congested cells.

*Thanks to its high fiber content, lettuce and its juice can help stimulate the function and motility of the intestinal tract, relieve constipation and cleanse the colon.

*Lettuce is rich in anti-oxidants, especially beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E. These substances help prevent premature aging.

*Lettuce juice contains anti-cough agents, which can help relieve irritable cough, as well as the symptoms of asthma and bronchitis.

*Lettuce latex has been used for centuries by physicians as a substitute for opium, due to its natural sedative and painkilling properties. Today its medicinal use is limited to treat sleep disorders, nervous excitability, anxiety and restlessness, especially in children and elderly persons. Drink a glass of lettuce and celery juice an hour before bedtime to have a restful night’s sleep. Also helpful whenever you feel anxious or nervous, to keep yourself calm and relaxed.

*Lettuce is rich in anti-oxidants, especially beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E. These substances help cleanse the body from toxins, prevent the damage caused by free-radicals, prevent premature aging and lower the risk of chronic diseases and some cancers such as bladder cancer.

*Lettuce is rich in vitamin E. The body needs vitamin E to boost its immune system.

*There is evidence that lettuce has a protective effect on bone health, due to its high content in vitamin K which is required for the synthesis of osteocalcin, a bone protein which helps strengthen bone tissue. This bone protective action is particularly effective in preventing osteoporosis-related fractures in post-menopausal women and older adults. Lettuce is a good source of calcium and phosphorous, as well, which play a key role in bone structure and health.

*Lettuce is rich in vitamin E. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), or the loss of central vision in older people, and cataracts are among the most common causes of vision loss in older people. The results of research on whether vitamin E can help prevent these conditions are inconsistent. Among people with early-stage AMD, a supplement containing large doses of vitamin E combined with other antioxidants, zinc, and copper showed promise for slowing down the rate of vision loss

*This is still a subject of debate. It is known that the opium-like substances found in lettuce latex can be used to cool sexual appetite. However, some researches have observed that lettuce milk also contains pro-sexual substances, that can help fight impotence when taken in large doses. Whether this is true or not, one thing is sure: drinking a lettuce juice can’t do much harm in this sense!



*One of the main benefits of using kale in your juice blends is that it provides a large nutritional punch with one of the fewest calorie counts per cup of any other vegetable.

*In several studies, people with a history of eating lutein-rich foods like kale had up to 22% lower risk for cataracts, which would otherwise have been severe enough to require extraction.

*Kale contains sulforaphane (especially when juiced), which is a chemical that has anti-cancer properties against many cancer types. The cancer-protective compounds in kale have thus been the subject of intense research, particularly their role in blocking the growth of cancer cells and inducing cancer cell death (apoptosis).

*Kale is a rich source of organosulfur compounds, which is great at fighting many cancers, especially colon cancer. In other research, sulforaphane from Kale has been shown to have a more direct effect on cancer prevention, especially in colon cancer, inducing cancer cells to destroy themselves. This was seen in a recent study in which animals were genetically bred to develop intestinal polyps, a condition that leads to tumor formation. This group of animals was then fed sulforaphane and found to have higher rates of apoptosis (cell suicide) and smaller tumors that also grew more slowly than animals who received no sulforaphane

*Kale studies reveal that sulforaphane helps support a healthy immune system, which is a key component in staving off cancer. Sulforaphane has been found to significantly enhance the production of several chemicals that are involved in the immune response, such as interleukin-2 and interferon-gamma.

*In Kale research, the benefits of lutein also extend to prevention of atherosclerosis. An 18-month study from the University of Southern California found that in a group of 480 men and women aged 40 to 60 with no history of heart disease, those with the lowest serum lutein concentration had a five-fold greater increase in carotid artery thickness, a risk factor for heart disease, compared with those who had the highest serum lutein concentrations. This study also included an in-vitro portion, which compared tissue cultures of cells exposed to various combinations of lutein and detrimental, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is known to promote atherosclerosis. The researchers found that pretreatment of cells with lutein dose-dependently protected the cells against inflammation associated with LDL plaque formation, again confirming lutein’s protective effect against atherosclerosis.

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Collard Greens:

*Widely considered to be healthful foods, collards are rich in invaluable sources of phyto-nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, such as di-indolyl-methane (DIM) and sulforaphane that have proven benefits against prostate, breast, cervical, colon, ovarian cancers by virtue of their cancer cell growth inhibition and cytotoxic effects on cancer cells.

*Collard greens are also an excellent source of vitamin-A (222% of RDA per 100 g). Vitamin A is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin, and is also essential for vision.

*Collard greens have beneficial effects in Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain.

*Collard greens contain amazingly high levels of vitamin-K, provides staggering 426% of recommended daily levels per 100 leaves. Vitamin K has potential role in the increase of bone mass by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bone.

*Collard is high in iron, which is an important nutrient to ensure energy levels stay high.



*The substances responsible for green and purple color of broccoli, vitamin C, beta-carotene and other vitamins and minerals, particularly selenium, copper, zinc, phosphorus, etc., present in broccoli are really great immune-strengtheners. They protect you from numerous infections.

*Apart from the anti-oxidants mentioned above, broccoli has very high fiber content, beta-carotene, omega-3 fatty acids and other vitamins which help reduce bad cholesterol as well as keep the heart functioning properly by regulating the blood-pressure.

*Primarily Zeaxanthin and then Beta-carotene, vitamin A, phosphorus and other vitamins such as Bcomplex, C and E present in Broccoli are very good for ocular health. These substances protect eyes against Macular degeneration.

*The credit for keeping your skin glowing and young goes to expert anti-oxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin-C and other helpers like vitamin B complex, vitamin E (the one that gives shine to your skin, hair etc. and revives skin tissues), vitamin A & K, omega 3 fatty acids (adds glamour), amino acids and folate present in the broccoli. They take very good care of your skin.

*An important mineral, chromium, found abundantly in broccoli, helps in proper functioning of insulin and regulates blood sugar, thereby regulating blood pressure also. Vitamins, which make all our systems function properly and found in abundance in broccoli, along with fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, helps regulate blood pressure.

*Being very rich in calcium (present by 47 mg. per 100 grams) and other nutrients such as magnesium, zinc and phosphorus, eating broccoli is very beneficial particularly for children, old people and pregnant ladies or lactating mothers, because these people are most prone to osteoporosis, weakening of bones, teeth, etc., and deficiency of calcium.

*Broccoli is high in iron, which is an important nutrient to ensure energy levels stay high.

*The presence of vitamin-C, sulphur and certain amino acids make broccoli a very good detoxifier. It helps remove free radicals and toxins like uric acid from the body, thereby purifying blood and keeping away problems related with toxins.

*Broccoli may prove to be a natural wonder-drug for many types of cancer, including breast cancer, cancer of uterus, prostate cancer, cancers of internal organs like lungs, colon, liver, kidneys etc. and cancer of intestines. But it is particularly good for breast cancer and uterus cancer, as it removes extra estrogen from the body. This is due to the presence of strong anti-carcinogens like glucoraphanin, diindolylmethane, beta-carotene, selenium and other nutrients like vitamin-C, vitamin-A and vitamin-E, zinc, potassium and certain amino acids, which are also good anti-cancer agents.



*Asparagus is one of the richest sources of rutin (a natural substance found in plants) which together with vitamin C, can help to energize and protect the body from infections. Asparagus is also a source of iron, which boosts the immune system and prevents anemia.

*Asparagus has vitamin K which studies have shown can help prevent osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Vitamin K aids in bone formation and repair. It is also necessary for the synthesis of osteocalcin. Osteocalcin is the protein in bone tissue on which calcium crystallizes. Asparagus has been listed as the number one source of vitamin K.

*Asparagus is high in folic acid. While folic acid is said to be the same as folate, folic acid is the supplemental form. It is the folate that helps reduce inflammation.

*Asparagus has 288 milligrams of potassium per cup. Potassium is known for reducing fat. It’s also low in natural sodium and has no cholesterol, which is extremely helpful when trying to lose weight.

*Histamine production appears to be triggered by folic acid and lack of histamines has been linked to an inability to reach orgasm in both men and women. Asparagus is high in folates so may boost abilities in this department.

*The levels of vitamin C and E present in asparagus make it great for skin, nails and hair!

*Asparagus contains prebiotics, which selectively stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut, soothing the stomach and aiding digestion.

*t’s estimated that 4 out of 10 of us (Cancer Research Campaign) will get cancer at some point in our lives and that about 30 per cent of all cancers may be the result of our diet. Asparagus contains high levels of vitamin A and folic acid which are believed to play an important role in the fight against cancer. Vitamin A (an antioxidant vitamin) may help prevent cancer by protecting body cells from damage caused by free radicals. Folic acid is thought to have a role in preventing certain types of cancer.

*Asparagus contains 3 grams of fiber which cleanses the digestive system. It has virtually no natural sodium so no bloating during PMS, has no fat or cholesterol, and one cup has only 40 calories. According to a clinical dietician at UCLA Medical Center, asparagus in the ultimate in detox vegetables.

*Asparagus is rich in soluble fiber, known to have a protective effect against degenerative heart diseases. After juicing, you’ll lose a lot of the fiber, but asparagus contains high levels of potassium, which may help to control blood pressure and the high folic acid content helps to reduce blood homocysteine levels, thought to reduce the risk of heart disease. Asparagus is also low in fat and sodium, making it the perfect choice for those concerned about a healthy heart.



*The high fiber content in spinach makes it a remarkable intestinal tract scrubber. It cleans out the system by removing the accumulated wastes in the digestive tracts by its mildly laxative effect. More importantly, it also repairs, heals and nourishes the tracts and tones up their functions. An excellent help for constipation, colitis, poor digestion or stomach ulcers.

*When people who participated in the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Study added foods high in potassium, magnesium and fiber, their blood pressure dropped to healthier levels. Those people in the study who ate a diet rich in these compounds in addition to the other foods on this diet (low fat dairy foods, seafood, lean meat and poultry) lowered their blood pressure by 5.5 points (systolic) over 3.0 points (diastolic).

*A recent study also shows that certain protein compounds in spinach are beneficial in lowering high blood pressure.

*The high alkalinity properties in spinach makes it the perfect choice of food for people suffering inflammatory ailments, like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

*The fine chlorophyll and carotene (lutein) found in spinach is beneficial in fighting and preventing cancer. A variety of flavonoid compounds found in this vegetable are powerful anti-oxidants and anti-cancer agents. Studies have shown that properties in spinach slows down cancerous cell division, especially in cancers of the breast, cervical, prostate, stomach, and skin.

*The high grade content of iron in spinach makes it a great blood builder. It regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body.

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*All of the beet’s healing and medicinal values effectively normalize blood pressure, lowering high blood pressure or elevating low blood pressure.

*The pigment that gives beets their rich, purple-crimson color betacyanin-is also a powerful cancer-fighting agent. Beets’ potential effectiveness against colon cancer, in particular, has been demonstrated in several studies

*Medical studies have also shown that including beets in your diet helps protect a body against heart disease.

*The cleansing virtues in beets juice is very healing for liver toxicity or bile ailments, like jaundice, hepatitis, food poisoning, diarrhea or vomiting.

*Beets have been shown to help cleanse the blood, cleanse the colon and strengthen the gall bladder and liver.

*The cellulose content in beets helps to ease bowel movements. Drinking beet juice regularly will help relieve chronic constipation.

*The choline from beet juice detoxifies not only the liver, but also the entire system of excessive alcohol abuse.

*The high content of iron in beets regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body. The copper content in beets helps make the iron more available to the body and is a great blood builder.

*Beet root is a traditional treatment used for leukemia. Beet root contain an amino acid betaine which has an anti-cancer properties. Red beet therapy, consisting of consumption of approximately two pounds of raw, mashed beets daily, has been favorably reported for cases of leukemia and tumors (includes cancer). Research also shows that beet juice can help inhibit the development of colon and stomach cancer.

*Beets are high in carbohydrates which means they are a great instant energy source, but unlike processed foods which are high in carbohydrates, beets will energize your body. Beets can be regarded as body fuel.

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An important factor to note regarding beets: if eaten consistently, urine can turned red-tinged, called beeturia. It is especially common with people who suffer from iron metabolism problems. So, if you experience this rather scary side effect of eating or drinking beets, you may want to visit with your primary care physician to test if your iron is being properly metabolized and to ensure you are not anemic.



*The abundance content of vitamin A and carotenoids help prevent age-related eye problems. When combined with endive and carrot juice, it effectively helps prevent macular degeneration, night blindness, and the development of cataracts

*Carrot juice is diuretic and helps to eliminate excess fluids from the body, reducing water retention, especially for women during their monthly menstruation cycle and in pregnant women.

*A carrot a day reduces stroke risk by 68 percent. Many studies have strengthened the “carrot effect” on brain. Studies conducted on stroke patients revealed that those with highest levels of Beta carotene have the best survival rate.

*Deficiency of vitamin A can cause some difficulty seeing in dim light. Since carrot is rich in vitamin A it is good for improving eyesight.

*Carrots do wonders for boosting the immune system by increasing the production and performance of white blood cells; building resistant to various kinds of infections.

*Carrot juice is diuretic and helps to eliminate excess fluids from the body, reducing water retention, especially for women during their monthly menstruation cycle and in pregnant women.

*In a study meant to reveal therapeutic value of carrots researchers at the Wolfson Gastrointestinal Laboratory in Edinburgh, Scotland revealed that cholesterol level reduces by 11 percent if seven ounces of raw carrots a day is taken for three weeks. High cholesterol is a major factor for heart disease. Since regular consumption of carrots reduces cholesterol level it is good to prevent heart related problems. A group of Swedish scientists discovered that root vegetables can reduce the chances of having a heart attack. A study conducted at the Mario Negri Institute of Pharmacological Research in Italy found that those who ate more carrots had one third the risk of heart attack as compared with those who ate fewer carrots.

*Carrot is good for blood sugar regulation because of the presence of carotenoids in carrot. Carotenoids inversely affect insulin resistance and thus lower blood sugar.

*The high quality vitamin C and other rich nutrients in carrot juice efficiently nourish the skin, preventing dry skin, psoriasis and other skin blemishes. It also has powerful cleansing properties that are effective in detoxifying the liver, which is overall effective for acne which can be caused by toxicity of the blood

*Beta-carotene consumption has been linked to reduced risk of several cancers, notably lung cancer. British researchers discovered that increasing beta-carotene consumption from 1.7 to 2.7 milligrams a day reduced lung cancer risk more than 40 percent. The average carrot contains about three milligrams of Beta-carotene. In a study, researchers found that eating fiber rich carrots reduce the risk of colon cancer by as much as 24 percent. Another study shows that women who ate raw carrots were five to eight times less likely to develop breast cancer than women who did not eat carrots.

*Carrots have a cleansing action on the liver and helps it to release more bile, which will cause peristaltic action. This can help to relieve constipation and help with digestion

*A carrot a day reduces stroke risk by 68 percent. Many studies have strengthened the “carrot effect” on brain. Studies conducted on stroke patients revealed that those with highest levels of Beta carotene have the best survival rate

*Carrot juice is diuretic and helps to eliminate excess fluids from the body, reducing water retention, especially for women during their monthly menstruation cycle and in pregnant women.

*Pectin in carrots lowers the serum cholesterol levels.

*Carrots do wonders for boosting the immune system by increasing the production and performance of white blood cells; building resistant to various kinds of infections

*The high quality vitamin C and other rich nutrients in carrot juice efficiently nourish the skin, preventing dry skin, psoriasis and other skin blemishes. It also has powerful cleansing properties that are effective in detoxifying the liver, which is overall effective for acne which can be caused by toxicity of the blood.



*Celery calms the nerve because of the high calcium content & helps in controlling high blood pressure. Raw celery should be eaten to reduce high blood pressure.

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Bell Peppers:

*Capsaicin in bell peppers blocks transmission of pain, so it can help relieve pain to a certain degree. It is also effective for eliminating headaches and migraines.

*Bell pepper’s strong content of vitamin C stimulates white cells to fight infection, naturally building a good immune system.

*Bell peppers help increase our body metabolism by lowering triglycerides which are stored in our body fats. This helps to burn calories more effectively.

*Colored bell peppers contain very high anti-oxidant and phytonutrients that are especially helpful in preventing cancers of the bladder, cervix, pancreas and prostate.

*A bell pepper is a stimulant herb. It helps relieve gastrointestinal problems like indigestion, stomach ulcers, colic, dyspepsia, diarrhea and gas.

*Natural Bell pepper juice can significantly help to reduce cholesterol. The concentrated anti-oxidant fights oxidative stress that is the main culprit in oxidizing the LDLs in our blood. In the process, it also retards the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and lower blood pressure.

*The high level of vitamin C in bell peppers coupled with flavonoids make bell peppers a very good food that helps prevent respiratory problems like asthma, emphysema, wheezing, lung infections, etc.



*The silica in cucumber is an essential component of healthy connective tissue, which includes intracellular cement, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone. Cucumber juice is often recommended as a source of silicon to improve the complexion and health of the skin, plus cucumber’s high water content makes it naturally hydrating–a must for glowing skin.

*Removal of cell waste. Since the cucumber has diuretic properties, it helps rid the body of retained water and waste.

*Some have also identified cucumbers in helping promote hair growth. I’m not so sure about that claim. I could not find any studies that officially stated this but if it’s helped you, please leave your thoughts in the comments, I’d like to know how often you’re drinking cucumber juice to make that happen and add it to my own personal study.



*Tomatoes are a good dietary source of melatonin. Melatonin protects against breast cancer in several ways, including by reducing aromatase activity within the breast, thereby reducing estrogen production. Several studies of early-stage breast cancer survivors have found that higher levels of cartenoids in the blood are associated with both lower risk of break cancer recurrence and lower risk of a new primary breast tumor. Another study found that plasma levels of retinol (a form of vitamin A that is a by-product of carotene in the body) also are positively associated with breast cancer survival in postmenopausal women

*Tomato improves heart health by helping lower blood pressure due to its high content in potassium. It also prevents the oxidation of cholesterol, which is one of the first steps in the formation of atherosclerotic plaques.

*The organic acids in natural tomato fruit and juice enhance the digestive function by stimulating salivary and gastric secretions, thereby promoting the digestion of foods rich in starch (such as bread, pasta, rice and potatoes), as well as in protein (such as meat, fish, eggs and milk products).

*It is well known that vitamin C, which is highly dense in tomato juice, helps prevent and fight inflammation. A recent study has shown that tomatoes contain another powerful anti-inflammatory agent, which is particularly concentrated in the tomato skin that fights inflammation.

*Several research studies have shown that lycopene, a carotenoid pigment found in the skin and flesh of tomatoes, may play a role in the prevention of some types of cancer, including lung, prostate and colon cancer. Lycopene derives its health benefits primarily from its antioxidant activity which is even higher than that of betacarotene. Thus, it is an extremely powerful anti-oxidant activity that lycopene acts as an anti-cancer agent.

*Several antioxidant substances are contained in tomato juice, including lycopene, betacarotene, vitamin C and selenium, which can be helpful in preventing the damage caused by free radicals to body tissues leading to premature aging and many chronic degenerative diseases.

*Not only does tomato juice have anti-oxidant and diuretic properties and improves the digestive function, it also stimulates the detoxifying function of the liver and kidneys. The overall result of these effects is a more efficient removal of toxins from the body with consequent improved health and well-being.

*The high content of potassium and phosphorous in  red juice from tomatoes helps relieve the symptoms of stress, tiredness, fatigue, muscle weakness, as well as prevent muscle spasms and cramps.

*Natural Tomato juice is an excellent source of vitamin C, calcium and phosphorous, all nicely packaged for maintaining the structural integrity of bones and teeth.

*Lycopene in tomatoes is said to improve the skin’s ability to protect against harmful UV rays. Tomato is a skin food suitable for healing from internal or externally. Its rich vitamin A and C makes it helpful for anti-aging skin, skin imperfections and brightens up a dull complexion




*Ginger can also help reduce inflammation. So it can be used to treat any disease that is caused by inflammations such as arthritis or ulcerative colitis. Some studies show that it can even help inhibit the replication of the herpes simplex virus.

*Ginger has been shown in animal trials to help slow or even prevent cancerous tumor growth.

*One of ginger’s most touted health benefits is its ameliorating effects on digestive ailments. It can help digest fatty foods and break down proteins. It is excellent for reducing gas. Many people report that it will also relieve nausea, and can be effective in treating morning sickness as well as motion sickness

*Being a warming herb, ginger can help knock out a fever. This property also makes it effective in stimulating circulation of the blood. It can also help relax muscles around the blood vessels and is said to help prevent blood clots from forming. The warming effects make it a natural decongestant as well as an antihistamine, making it the perfect remedy for colds.

*Recent studies show that ginger might also have a role in lowering LDL cholesterol because the spice can help reduce the amount of cholesterol that is absorbed.

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*Parsley adds color and aids digestion of the foods we eat and acts to prevent gas and bloating.

*Parsley is good for the sexual system. It builds the blood and stimulates brain activity.

*While one study suggests that high doses of supplemental vitamin C makes osteoarthritis, a type of degenerative arthritis that occurs with aging, worse in laboratory animals, another indicates that vitamin C-rich foods, such as parsley, provide humans with protection against inflammatory polyarthritis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis involving two or more joints.

*The flavonoids in parsley—especially luteolin—have been shown to function as antioxidants that combine with highly reactive oxygen-containing molecules (called oxygen radicals) and help prevent oxygen-based damage to cells. In addition, extracts from parsley have been used in animal studies to help increase the antioxidant capacity of the blood.



The cinnamon doesn’t just taste good, though, it adds many varied nutritional benefits, as well: it lowers cholesterol, helps to regulate blood sugar (needed when juicing so many fruits!), it helps to prevent blood clots, and boosts cognitive functioning!



Olive oil:

*Olive oil contains oleocanthal, which blocks enzymes involved in inflammation. About 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil acts like one-tenth of a dose of ibuprofen, according to a study at the Monnell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia.


Aloe Vera:  (just always remember to remove the green skin!)

*It’s inner gel (the fleshy pulp) is highly anti-inflammatory, and thus, a perfect relief for sunburn-related inflammation, as well as eczema- or acne-caused redness. Aloe’s fleshy inside is not only beneficial topically, however.

*Aloe has been well used for many generations by many cultures for its medicinal value

*it is a powerful laxative

*A study performed in 2004 proved aloe gel is also very beneficial for people suffering from inflammatory bowel disease. After four weeks of drinking the aloe gel, diluted in water, twice daily, patients had significant “improvement and remission of ulcerative colitis (IBD), compared to those given plain water”. And these improvements were seen without any ill-effects.

*Another benefit regarding the consumption of aloe vera juice is acne prevention


Cherry Juice:

*they help to better sleep – Tart cherries naturally contain melatonin, which is used as a supplemental sleep-aid: people who take it sleep more soundly and awake more refreshed in the morning.

*A good source of the mineral potassium, which has proven especially helpful in eliminating post-workout muscle-soreness and inflammation

*Riper, sweet cherries are also rich in antioxidants. Vitamin C, anthocyanin and beta carotene are just some of these antioxidants, which have proven to both prevent and reduce cancer.

*Cherries help you to lose weight: anthocyanin, an antioxidant in cherries, has proven to boost the body’s metabolism of fat, as well as decrease fat storage.

Medications that Could be DANGEROUS to Someone with MTHFR!!

Rather than treat with medications that try to address medical conditions, treat MTHFR to get to root of problem!!!

One thing that I have learned throughout my journey is this………99% of the doctors in my area where always “masking” the root of the problem.  It seemed like medication was their number one answer.  LET ME TELL YOU!!  Not all medications work or are good for people that experience MTHFR mutations.  I have learned that from experience!

My latest test confirmed:

CYP2C19 is a liver enzyme that is responsible for metabolizing a wide variety of  drugs including the anticoagulant clopidogrel (Plavix), antiulcer drugs such as  omeprazole, anti-seizure drugs such as mephenytoin, the antimalarial proguanil,  and the anxiolytic diazepam. No wonder some of my medications were not working! I am a “poor metabolizer”.

Other common drugs: Tricyclic antidepressants (Amitriptyline and Nortriptyline)

On March 12, 2010, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added a boxed warning to the anticoagulant drug Plavix, alerting patients and health care professionals that the drug can be less effective in people who cannot metabolize the drug to convert it to its active form. 


Please remember, I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or specialist in any way, however, because I was getting worse symptoms, it took me a while, but I researched for myself to discuss taking medications PRIOR to the doctors describing them. If you have any questions about any of the medical information I’m afraid you are going to have to find a doctor to answer those.  At least this is a place for you to start your very own research.

How do our bodies keep homocystine in check?

Folic acid breaks down homocystine.  However, people with MTHFR have issues with absorbing or maintaining folic acid (they aren’t sure which at the present moment), so they have low lvls of it and their homocystine can get out of control.  They also have a tendency to have B vitamin deficiency, so treatments usually includes a large dose of folic acid and a gambit of B vitamins.  We also have to avoid all metals and sulfates, including vaccinations (flu has thermerisol and those that don’t have aluminum).  There is also a long list of medication we have to avoid that raise homocystine levels, lower folic acid, or could kill a person because their body can’t process Nitrous Oxide.

All of the following either contain metals, sulfates, OR will lower the folic acid levels or raise the homocystine levels, all of which are detrimental to someone with MTHFR.

Medications to avoid:

Antacids, Protein Pump Inhibitors and Histamine Blockers
Many antacids contain aluminum. With the MTHFR gene mutation we have trouble clearing metals so aluminum is not a good thing to put in our bodies.
We also have trouble maintaining adequate levels of B12 (methylcobalamin not to be mistaken with cyanocobalamin). Aluminum can inhibit the absorption of B12.
Protein Pump Inhibitors decrease B12 and Folate (not to be mistaken with folic).
Histamine Blockers reduce the absorption of Folate and B12.

Signs of a Folate and B12 deficiency are sometimes anxiety and depression. If you know that you have an MTHFR gene mutation and suffer with anxiety and depression, shouldn’t you try B12 (methylcobalimin) and Folate? Also BH4 is doing wonders for people who have the MTHFR gene mutation, anxiety and depression. TMG also helps with this. No one should ever stop taking their medication without first consulting a physician.

Pancreatic enzymes
Here is the deal with pancreatic enzymes. You can have low production of pancretic enzymes due to lack of nutrition and what pancreatic enzymes you have in your system can go into override and be depleted due to lack of nutrition. Pancreatic enzymes are needed for the methylation process. Medications and poor diet contribute to this. MTHFR and b deficiency is a clear marker of hypomethylation.

Statins Drugs:  Lipid lowering drugs (cholesterol meds)                                  Reduce glutathione levels. Many people with MTHFR already have compromised glutathione levels. Low glutathione levels can cause high homocysteine levels which in turn can lead to a clotting event. ……..

Statins (or HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors) are a class of drugs used to lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which plays a central role in the production of cholesterol in the liver. Some drug names: atorvastatin (Lipitor and Torvast), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor, Altocor, Altoprev), pitavastatin (Livalo, Pitava), pravastatin (Pravachol, Selektine, Lipostat), rosuvastatin (Crestor) and simvastatin (Zocor, Lipex).

Interferes with absorption of Folate

People with the MTHFR deficiency sometimes have problems clearing metals. There are many toxic preservatives in vaccinations. Thimerasol and aluminum are found in many vaccinations. They can cause serious problems to someone with an MTHFR gene mutation. Thimerasol (mercury) and aluminum are known to deplete b vitamins. A person with MTHFR has trouble clearing metals. Mercury and aluminum absorb what b vitamins are in the body.

Amalgam Fillings
Amalgam fillings are made up of the toxic metal mercury. Someone with the MTHFR gene mutation who clearly cannot dump metals can have many problems with amalgam fillings. Anytime you chew food or put hot liquid into your mouth, a toxic mercury gas is let off in your mouth. Guess what is right above your mouth? YOUR BRAIN. Mercury depletes your B vitamins.

Fluoride has been linked to lowering glutathione. This is not the use of toothpastes with fluoride, this is using a fluoride supplements.

Acetaminophen and glutathione deficiency
Many people with MTHFR have lower than normal glutathione levels.
B12 (methylcobalamin) and NAC (N-acetylcysteine) help to elevate glutathione. NAC does have some side effects. People with leaky gut syndrome, asthma and pulmonary hypertension should not use NAC.
In my opinion acetaminophen should be avoided by people who have low glutathione and the MTHFR gene mutation. There are studies out that show acetaminophen lowers your glutathione by 84%.

Diuretics have been linked to causing Thiamine (B1) deficiency.

 Antifungals such as grisefulvin and fluconazole are hard on the liver. Glutathione is needed to clear out toxins and to maintain a healthy liver. With MTHFR and low glutathione it is best to avoid these drugs. Oil of oregano, coconut milk and a low carb diet are healthier alternatives that help keep yeast and candida away.

Fish Oil   Use Flax Seed as substitute!
Mercury tends to suck up our methylcobalamin (B12).
It is best to try other alternatives such as flaxseed oil and nattokinase (should not be taken with coumadin). Remember that many people with an MTHFR gene defect have problems clearing heavy metals and there is only one other heavy metal deadlier than mercury. It is plutonium.

Asthma medications
People with MTHFR sometimes need asthma medications. B12 (methylcobalamin) helps improve asthma symptoms. B12 is known as an antisulfite agent. Sulfites can cause asthma in people with MTHFR gene mutations because they have trouble converting sulfites. B6 promotes ATP and helps relax bronchial tissue.
Theophylline, albuterol and prednisone have been found to make us B6 deficient.

Can cause B12 and B6 deficiency which can lead to anemia an fatigue. It can also elevate homocysteine and lead to stroke.

Cyclosporine and the MTHFR gene mutation has been found to elevate cardiovascular risk factors in the C677T gene mutation.

Methotrexate is used to treat psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is known to cause Folate deficiency.

Neuroleptics can cause B12 deficiency and neuroleptic malignant syndrome.

Reduces the absorption of B12.

Oral diabetic medications
Causes malabsorption of B12, Folate and possibly B1 (thiamine)

Inhibits B6 (P5P)

Inhibits the absorption of Folate and inactivates B6.

Aminosalicylic acid
Reduces the absorption of Folate and B12 (methylcobalamin)

Cephalosporins, Fluorquinolones, Isoniazid, Macrolides, Penicillan, Sulfonamides and Tetracyclines
Destroy intestinal gut flora
B1, B2, B5, B6, Folate and B12 all have decreased absorption.
People with MTHFR sometimes have problems clearing sulfates. Molybdenum seems to help people with MTHFR clear sulfates and sulfites as well.

Synthetic B vitamins
Many people I speak with who have MTHFR have problems with synthetic b vitamins. It actually jams up the active b vitamins from doing their job. I avoid vitamins with synthetic b’s and foods fortified with synthetic b vitamins.
Synthetic B6 contains formaldahyde
Synthetic Folate known as Folic contains coal tar residue
Synthetic B12 known as cyanocobalamin contains cyanide phosphate 3′
These are not the active forms and with MTHFR you clearly need the active forms of b vitamins to manipulate this enzyme deficiency

Phenytoin and Fosphenytoin
Decreases the absorption of Folate and B12

Interferes with absorption of Folate

Can interfere with the absorption of B12

Interferes with B2-riboflavin

Decreases Folate

Decreases the absorption of B12 and Folate.

Nitrous Oxide
Will cause B12 (methylcobalmin) deficiency in people with an MTHFR gene mutation that can possibly be severe. Prior to surgery and/or a dental visit it is important to let your doctor and anesthesiologist know that you cannot have nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide can poduce hyperhomocystenemia and high homocysteine which in turn can cause a life threatning clotting event.

Levodopa is used to treat Parkinson’s.
It also decreases levels of B12 (methylcobalamin) and Folate.
This can cause polyneuropathy.

Antihypertension drugs interact with NAC (N-acetylcyteine). NAC helps produce glutathione. So if you are taking an antihypertensive drug, it is best not to put NAC in your MTHFR protocol.
Hydralazine increases the excretion of B6.

Oral contraceptives
Oral contraceptives have been found to drop folate by 40%. A person with the MTHFR gene mutation already has trouble keeping adequate amounts of folate in their body. Low levels of folate can elevate homocysteine and lead to a clotting event.

Methotrexate                                                                                                                                 (CA, RA, skin issues) {reduces foliate intake}

**PLEASE NOTE: All of my advice comes from research and personal experience and discussions I may have had with medical specialists. I personally receive NO monetary benefits and hold no responsibility by sharing the information associated with this page and its contents. The information herein is NOT intended as a form of diagnosis, treatment or cure for any disease/condition.  I strongly suggest that you each check with your doctor for approval before changing or adding anything to your treatment.

Penni M.

Why I Started This Blog

I started this blog to write about my struggles with anger and frustrations, depression and anxiety, self-esteem and self-worth, inner feelings and emotions about life …(the list goes on…..)

MTHFR mutations

I thought it would be a good idea to help educate others and raise awareness along the way. I want to share what I have learned and what I continue to learn through counseling, self-analysis, talking with other doctors/nurses, hours of research, and other people’s personal experiences with this diagnosis.  My hope is that I will not only be helping myself heal, but helping others in the process. This is a blog about starting a healthy lifestyle to keep MTHFR from running my life!

My advice:

It is always OKAY to cry. It’s absolutely okay to NOT be okay. It’s perfectly okay to NOT be perfect.

I was first diagnosed with MTHFR in 2010. 

At the time, I thought, okay, whatever that means???

But then all my symptoms, illnesses and conditions started to make more sense to me after my research. I have been keeping my illness away from my friends and even some of my family for a long time but when things started progressing, I felt it was time to talk to them and my doctors and eventually publicize a “journal” for a lack of better words, to help everyone understand MTHFR and its effects on yourself and your family.

After about five years, I realized that I am not alone in all of this; there are many others that suffer the same things!  I was not alone and I was not crazy. I was “NORMAL.” We all have our issues and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about or ashamed of.  It’s life. Well…over the years I have reflected even more on that and have come the conclusion, it is going to have be my responsibility to continue my research and change my lifestyle to help make my life appear as normal as possible!!

I am not a doctor, nurse or nutritionist, but I have been directed from others to research this and want to share with everyone what I have learned.  Please use it as a tool to help you further your own research as everyone with MTHFR has unique disorders and symptoms that may not be exactly like what I have experiencing.


Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) About 95% of the doctors that I have met are not familiar with this condition. MTHFR is an enzyme that in humans is encoded by the MTHFR gene. I have copies of C677T x’s 2 mutations.  Although there are actually about 50% of the population with one of the 50 gene mutations this causes, I was told from a Dr. from John’s Hopkins that this form is caused by mutations results in 0-20% residual enzyme activity, Severe MTHFR deficiency is rare (about 50-100 cases worldwide) It has been explained to me that symptoms of MTHFR deficiency vary from no symptoms to severe neurologic and blood vessel disease. So far with all the testing and medications the local doctors have tried to control this issue , I am still multiple complications from this disorder and no one yet has found a proper treatment plan!

This is what made me start researching this genetic condition and be my own patient advocate.  I have researched and talked with doctors/nurses throughout USA to help me inform my own doctors and specialist in my area so I would begin receiving proper treatment. So far most all have just simply masked the symptoms with medications and have not been properly educated on this condition to run proper testing.

After experiencing this frustration, I wondered how many other people are receiving the wrong type of treatment and being prescribed medications that their body is unable to absorb and not finding the right doctors in our area to treat this.

A note for everyone to share with their family who needs to support them:

Most of us who suffer MRHFR look fine on the outside but suffer on the inside. Our family and friends need to know:  It is just like any other disease.  You wouldn’t tell a diabetic that it was their fault they had diabetes or that they could wish or pray it away, would you?  No…you would encourage them to take care of themselves and get the help and resources they needed in order to live their lives to the fullest, right?”

After living with this, I have learned and would like others to learn the same.

We can’t change who we are.  But we can learn to take care of ourselves and cope with the symptoms of the disease. Even if it takes every last bit of energy, courage, or brain power you have left…DO SOMETHING!

I have also learned that sometime you feel your family may not understand or be supportive.  Here are some of the things that were told to me that are helping me cope, maybe they will help you as well.

Tell someone close to you ANYONE WHO WILL LISTEN!
Don’t worry about what they will think. It is good just to find someone that will listen to you vent.  Keeping something like this to you may make it harder on yourself and it builds up more frustration and may lead to unnecessarily self-destruction. It is not going to just go away!

Talk to someone who can help.  Find a professional that is an impassive third party is paid to listen to you. They do not have a personal bond or emotional attachment.  Sometimes they may have great suggestions and other times, they may not understand themselves, but they should have enough experience to point you in the right directions to access resources you may not already have.

Avoid medication pushers.   I have researched with the help of other doctors the medications people with MRHFR should avoid. (will add a post with this information)  It is important that you talk to someone that is willing to help you without masking the problems or creating more.  Try to avoid doctors that are quick to access their prescription pads for a quick fix of your most current medical issues.

Always seek professional medical advice.   There is nothing wrong with leaving a doctor that you feel is not properly caring for you.  Find one that will! Find a doctor that will discuss all your issues openly and is willing to learn more information that is specific to you!

References to Research on MTHFR

Although I have researched for many months and probably thousands of websites,  I have listed some here to get you started in your very own research that may help you as well.  It will at least head in you in the right direction to find out more….

Some additional resources you may find helpful

Dr. Rawlin’s sites – he is an MD in Washington State:
Dr. Stephen Smith’s mindmap on MTHFR symptoms and treatment (MD in WA):
Dr. Ben’s site, he is a Naturopathic Doctor in Oregon who does online consults:


*Homocysteine and Alzheimer’s (Cerefolin’s clinical video)
* The Science of Inflamation (Dr. Lee Ostler – a dentist concerned with heavy metal toxicity)
* Dr. Stephen Smith talks about Fibromyalgia and MTHFR
5-MTHF: The New Craze by Jared Skowron, ND

Dangers of folic acid:

Discussion Forums:

A Lazy Girls Guide to Gluten Free:  Great Recipes!
I will continue to add relevant information for you as I find it.

**PLEASE NOTE: All of my advice comes from research and personal experience and discussions I may have had with medical specialists. I personally receive NO monetary benefits and hold no responsibility by sharing the information associated with this page and its contents. The information herein is NOT intended as a form of diagnosis, treatment or cure for any disease/condition.  I strongly suggest that you each check with your doctor for approval before changing or adding anything to your treatment.

Penni M.


So…..What exactly is MTHFR?

Welcome and Thank you for stopping by!


MTHFR mutations

MTHFR stands for MethyleneteTraHydMTHFR mutationsroFolate Reductase.(aka:hyperhomocysteinemia) It is an enzyme deficiency that can cause many problems. There are 50+ gene variants. The most common ones that doctors will look for is C677T,  A1298C, P39P and R594Q. The most common MTHFR gene mutation is the C677T mutation.

MTHFR  is an enzyme encoded by the MTHFR gene. This gene plays a very significant role in the methylation pathways of the body, and as such is essential for the production of certain key, nutrient substrates. Some mutations are more serious than others and warrant nutritional intervention.

What is often seen with MTHFR mutations are: elevated homocysteine levels and defective methylation.The optimal treatment for people with homocysteinemia due to MTHFR deficiency is currently unknown.

Individuals with MTHFR mutations have altered DNA methylation, which is associated with changes in gene expression and could potentially influence oncogenic processes and a higher risk for cancer. Click here for more information on other associated diseases. Methylation actually affects more than 20 different processes in our bodies and when methylation is interrupted, many many essential body functions are disrupted!

Methylation is required for many processes in the body, from breaking down histamine, seratonin, and dopamine to turning DNA on and off. When one pathway is working slower than others, the other pathways that depend upon it either back up or find a detour to shunt their excess product.  Similar to what you may see on a highway, detour pathways are  not as efficient in people like me that have been diagnosed with MTHFR, using more energy and are prone to back ups, which cause constant new problems to need to be managed.

People with MTHFR also have a reduced ability to eliminate toxins and heavy metals, so the cleaner their environment, the better!

Impaired MTHFR function has multiple negative impacts on DNA synthesis and repair, embryonic development, neurotransmitter synthesis, and cardiovascular risk factors and more…. The level of MTHFR enzyme activity in a given individual depends on the genotype variant he or she carries. For example as in my case, homozygotes for C677T have approximately a 70% reduction of normal MTHFR enzyme activity and heterozygotes have approximately a 40% reduction of normal enzyme activity, according to ARIP Laboratories/National Reference Laboratory.

There are many combinations of MTHFR.

You can have any combination of these. The more you have the more your health is impacted.

Some people are homozygous.  (which I fall into – Double C677T) Example: Homozygous C677T means they got a copy of C677T from each parent.

Some people are compound heterozygous. Example: One copy of A1298C from one parent and one copy of C677T from another parent.

Some people are heterozygous. Example: One copy of A1298C from one parent.

Symptoms and Conditions:

MTHFR gene mutations can cause absolutely no symptoms at all. They can also cause severe irreversible health conditions. Not everyone has the same set of symptoms because there are many other genetic and environmental differences that complicate health.

Environmental poisoning can increase when not enough Homocysteine gets converted into Glutathione.  Glutathione is responsible for detoxifying the body of the heavy metals we encounter in the environment – it is our body’s most powerful antioxidant.  When a body gets too burdened by heavy metals and toxins, a lot of unexpected health problems emerge.  Some symptoms of this can be: nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, liver and kidney dysfunction, hypertension, tachycardia, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, immune problems, hair loss, rashes and more.

Central Nervous System disorders – some of these come from  Homocysteine  not  getting converted into SAMe.  SAMe is responsible for creating Serotonin, Dopamine, and Norepinephrine (neurotransmitters responsible for mood, motivation, and to some degree energy levels – if these are low, then Depression is often the result, but even aggression and alcoholism are symptoms sometimes found in men).  Pregnant women may encounter extreme Post-partum depression.  Also, things like Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Migraines, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Memory loss with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and other psychiatric problems.

Cardiovascular problems often occur when Homocysteine levels in the body are too high.  Heart attack, Stroke, Blood clots, Peripheral neuropathy, Anemia even Miscarriages and Congenital birth defects can be related to this issue among others.  These problems are typically more related to the 677 gene mutation.

I will be concentrating on my gene mutation most often since this is what most of my research has been on. From the partial list I recently went through on Medline, these are the current symptoms, syndromes and medical conditions relating to the MTHFR gene mutations From what I have found from my research, there are over 65 conditions and symptoms caused by the MTHFR gene mutations. Studies are also linking it with Autism as well.

I have listed only the ones that I have personally experienced “so far”. Please allow yourself more time to research your personal conditions so you can better understand what you may be going through to discuss with your doctors.

  1. Addictions

  2. Kidney / Liver problems

  3.  Blood clots

  4.  Depression

  5. Hair Loss

  6. Migraines

  7.  Fibromyalgia

  8. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  9. Chronic Muscle and Nerve Pain

  10. Chemical Sensitivity

  11. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  12. Strokes and Transient Ischemic Attacks (mini strokes)

  13. Poor Concentration

  14. High Cholesterol

  15. Low HDL

  16. High homocysteine levels

  17. Diabetes

  18. Drug toxicities: will be sure to list these later

  19. Cervical dysplasia

  20. Cancer

  21. Blood vessel disease

  22. Methotrexate Toxicity

  23. Nitrous Oxide Toxicity

  24. Unexplained Neurologic Disease & Problems

  25. Asthma and COPD

  26. Shortness of Breath/Low Oxygen Levels

  27. Organ Malfunctions

  28. Gastric Problems

  29. Abnormal CBC / Blood Cultures

  30. Heart Complications

I also suffer from an auto immune disorder. I am not sure if this is linked to my MTHFR or just another medical problem I have encountered over the years.  I am going to research this further as well. My theory is in looking at all the complications MTHFR currently produces, it seems this is just an added issue stemming from it.

Some of these complications cause further complications with different body systems and organs.  It is important to remember, most doctors think they are NOT related in any way if they are not familiar with this mutation, however, it will all make sense to you and your doctor when familiar with MTHFR!

This link is a great example of just how powerful MTHFR can be:

**PLEASE NOTE: All of my advice comes from research and personal experience. I personally receive NO monetary benefits and hold no  responsibility by sharing the  information associated with this page and its contents.The information herein is NOT intended as a form of diagnosis, treatment or cure for any disease/condition.  I strongly suggest that you each check with your doctor for approval before changing or adding anything to your treatment.

Penni M.