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DoloresTeresa posted:
What is it? Fuhrman put one of his diabetic patients on this because he had a high homocysteine level despite doing so well on his diet that he lost weight and went off insulin and all other meds. Isn't this in all folate containing foods?
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EngineerGuy responded:
Hi Dolores,

Some people (about 10% of the population) have a hereditary defect which causes them not to absorb folate or folic acid properly. Subsequently, they have a very high homocysteine level. For those people, they can absorb methyl tetrahydrofolate, which is what the body creates from folate or folic acid. This is one more example of Dr. Fuhrman recognizing individual variation.

Here is Wikipedia's discussion

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levomefolic_acid

Here is Fuhrmans's discussion

http://forums.drfuhrman.com/showthread.php?t=23364&highlight=methyl tetrahydrofolate

If a person's homocysteine is normal, there is no problem.

Best regards, EngineerGuy


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