EPISODE 45 - Epigenetics, MTHFR Gene & Potential Dangers of Folic Acid w/ Dr. Ben Lynch

In this episode, Dr. Bubbs interviews epigenetics expert Dr. Ben Lynch, who dives into the emerging field of epigenetics, outlining how the environment impacts how your genes are expressed. Dr. Ben discusses the MTHFR gene, responsible for producing the rate-limiting enzyme in the folate pathway, and the implications on your health and performance. He shares insights on methylation and its role in optimal heath, as well as highlighting the dangers of excess folic acid, efficacy of different types of supplemental folate, and most importantly how to make sense of genetic tests.

Lay-Ups From This Episode

  1. Leafy greens are an ideal source of dietary folate
  2. Supplemental folic acid is not naturally occurring in food and first synthesized in the 1940s.
  3. Genetic tests must be interpreted with caution. Always remember… “Genes load the gun, environment pulls the trigger.”

Performance Tips In This Episode

  1. Supplemental folinic acid is highly beneficial for supporting improved energy levels.

  2. Dairy antibodies, methotrexate, low methionine (amongst other thigns) block intermediaries in the folate pathway.  
  3. Optimize.me – “Plus One” helps to support creativity in the morning and productivity in the morning. 

Coffee Talk

Ben wakes when fully rested + water and electrolyte

About Dr. Ben Lynch

Dr. Ben Lynch received his degree in Cell and Molecular Biology, from the University of Washington and his doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (ND) from Bastyr University. His passion for identifying the cause of disease directed him towards nutrigenomics and methylation dysfunction. Currently, he researches, writes and presents worldwide on the topic of MTHFR, methylation defects and genetic control and is the author of the new book Dirty Genes. Dr. Lynch is also founded and directs www.seekinghealth.org, an educational institute providing specialized training for both health professionals and consumers.  Follow Dr. Ben Lynch on Twitter

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