We really do have an unusual house hold. And I am glad about it.
Last Monday the kids were getting their homework, books, and lunches ready for our Tuesday co-op. All of my kids just love co-op, but for some of our kids, it can be a bit stressful. So, we try to get as much ready the night before as we can. As the girls were getting ready, they realized that there was only one dose of our B 12/folate lozenges left. It sent three of my girls into panic mode. Only one of them could have the lozenge so there was a fight over who would get it.
Josia- “Mom, I really, really need that B 12. I will have a bad day if I don’t!”
Ciara, near tears- “NO, I want it!”
Josia -” Ciara! If you don’t get it, your only mean to Michael(her brother). If I don’t get it, I’m mean to everyone!”
When we first discovered the wonders of folate, I gave B Complex Plus to everyone in the house. I wasn’t sure who would really need it, so I gave it to everyone. I feel my kids are at a higher risk for the MTHFR gene mutation because some of them were adopted from some difficult situations that involved generational drug and alcohol use, high stress, and poor nutrition. My husband Van, son Caleb, and one of our twins just absolutely thrived on the B Complex Plus (see Fabulous Folate…Beautiful B 12 Part 1). I have one daughter, Lilyana, who has some lingering skin issues and food sensitivities (that the GAPS diet hadn’t completely healed) and she didn’t improve on the folate as dramatically as I had hoped. But, I was pretty certain she had the MTHFR gene mutation. So, we had her genetically tested to see what mutation she had (if any), so I could hopefully be more effective with the supplements I selected. Sure enough!! Lilyana is homozygous for 677. And if your the average Joe, you will have no idea what I am talking about. And trust me. I am still trying to sort out all the intricacies of these genetic results. Lilyana got a copy of this mutation from her birth mom and from her birth dad. That means that the ability of her body to methylate is significantly compromised. And it means she especially has a difficult time getting enough vitamin B 12. So, we started to give Lilyana B 12 lozenges. Currently Lilyana takes 2000 mcgs of B 12 every day. To give you an idea of how much that is, the B complex Plus she had been on only had 12 microgram (she was taking two tabs per day). We have only had her on this B 12 dose for about 2 weeks and already her skin issues are clearing up and she has introduced new foods without aggravation!! She said her energy is much improved as well as her patience level. She says it makes her feel happy! So, I got to thinking that if Lilyana has this particular mutation, her biological full blooded birth sisters (Ciara and Josia) might need some more B 12 as well. So, we tried them out on 1000 mics of B 12 and they are doing fabulous!! And they know it. That is why they panicked when they realized we were out of the B 12/Folate lozenges. They feel so much better. In fact Josia laughs all the time. My daughter Mattea thought we should ½ the dose because she thought Josia was getting “drunk on Folate”. But Josia adamantly refused saying, “I LOVE THAT PILL!!”
Speaking of getting too much, it is possible to get too much of the folate and or B 12. If you try it and you feel a headache, anxiety, very sleepy, hyper focused or just hyper, be aware you may be getting too much. I had the mis understanding that if you got too much of a vitamin, it would just naturally excrete in your urine. If you do feel you have over done it on a supplement, you can take Niacin (another B vitamin) or 1-2 charcoal pills. This will neutralize the vitamins. If you get tested, or you suspect you have the mutation but you can not figure out your dosage or the correct supplement, my cousin Jeanie has a blog and a support group to walk you though the complexities of these mutations. (Methyl-nation.com)