It’s become downright alarming what’s in your body.
Take glyphosate for example, the active ingredient in the world’s most widely used pesticide... Nearly one billion pounds of glyphosate are sprayed on food crops each year in the U.S., five billion total worldwide.
While genetically engineered (GE) crops are far more contaminated with glyphosate than other crops, this pervasive herbicide is currently used on over 120 non-genetically modified crops, such as conventional avocadoes, grapes, wheat, and oats.
And based on a recent analysis of over 1,200 urine samples, 76 percent of people have glyphosate in their system. Most people have no idea they have it in their bodies.
Add to that the heavy metals that deposit in your bones, gut, brain, kidneys, and tissues.
This includes mercury from dental fillings and fish, aluminum from cookware, cosmetics and antiperspirants, cadmium from cigarette smoke, arsenic from foods and fluoridated water, and lead from paint, toys, fuel, and more.
Once deposited, these toxic metals can block the functions of vital nutrients like zinc, calcium, and magnesium.
Glyphosate and heavy metals don’t go away on their own… They tend to stay put until you take action to help your body remove them.
I’m excited to tell you about a special form of folate – a crucial B vitamin – that’s now being recognized and used to help cleanse away these problematic substances.*
However, many people are getting the wrong form of this misunderstood nutrient that’s so essential for helping to remove toxins, healthy cell growth and division. And by consuming this wrong form, you may actually be harming your body.*
Before I get into the details about why the right form of this vitamin matters so much, let’s take a closer look at why you may need it in the first place…
Your Natural Production of Folate Under Siege – Blame It on Glyphosate’s Stealth Gut-Attacking Action
Here’s what’s so bad about glyphosate…
Glyphosate slips itself into every cell of the plant, not just the surface where it’s applied. And it remains there. No matter how hard you try, you can’t wash it or peel it away!
Grains, beans and legumes tend to have the highest levels of glyphosate contamination. Farmers spray the herbicide on the plants shortly before harvest to improve yield.
It’s also sprayed on fruits to make them last longer. And because it’s now in the water and the rain, it’s even being found in some USDA-Certified Organic crops!
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared glyphosate a “probable carcinogen” in March of 2015, and the state of California finally listed glyphosate as a carcinogen in July of 2017.
Some experts believe the harmful effects of glyphosate may be even worse than the pesticide DDT that was first used during World War II until it was finally banned in 1972.
So how can its manufacturer continue to make the claim that glyphosate isn’t harmful?
They claim that the mechanism by which it kills weeds, called the shikimate pathway, doesn’t exist in humans and animals.
However, this pathway is present in bacteria. And every cell in your body has its own microbes and all of them have the shikimate pathway and respond to glyphosate!
Glyphosate actually targets the microbes that produce folate – lactobacillus and bifidobacteria, crippling your body’s natural folate levels!
And chronic exposure to glyphosate, even in very small amounts, can disrupt the delicate balance of your gut microbes, leading to GI inflammation and an impaired gut barrier.
Normally, your gut microbes supply your body with important amounts of folate. But if you have glyphosate in your system – as 3 out of 4 people do – your supply of folate may be at risk thanks to chronic exposure to one of the most potent anti-microbial agents in modern history.
Why Folic Acid Supplementation Isn’t the Right Strategy
Obviously you need to get enough folate, but I’m going to make a very bold request of you…
It may take you by surprise, as it is likely to be the opposite of the conventional medical advice.
However, you’ll soon see I have very good reason – and scientific proof – for making this request. In fact, it’s one that could have profound effects on your health.
Starting today I want you to avoid folic acid supplementation.
Now, you may be wondering, “Isn’t this nutrient essential for health?”
Here’s the thing… your body needs folate, not folic acid. And no matter what anyone says, folic acid and folate are not interchangeable!
Folic acid is not the same thing as the folate you get from food. What’s more, folic acid combined with the glyphosate and heavy metals pervasive in our food supply may actually prevent you from getting the folate you need.
Folate is vital for your health. Your cells need it for healthy growth and division. Your entire body and your brain need it for proper functioning. And if you are a pregnant woman, your developing fetus especially needs folate.
So, please don’t get me wrong… While I want you to avoid folic acid, you must get enough folate every single day.
Why You May Be Overdosing on Folic Acid… but Still Be Deficient in Folate
Today, even though it is still widely recommended by most conventional physicians, some experts believe Americans may be getting too much folic acid. How can that be?
Up to 40 percent of adults take supplements containing folic acid. And if you eat any processed foods that contain enriched flour, you’re getting additional folic acid, whether you want it or not.
You may not recall, but a law was passed in the United States in 1998 that required all fortified flour products, including bread, cereal, flour, cornmeal, pasta, rice, and other grain products to contain 0.7 milligrams of folic acid per serving.
Why was this made a law, you may be wondering? And why hasn’t the European Union joined America in embracing this practice?
Back in the ‘90s, the incidence of spina bifida was increasing. Since this birth defect is related to folate, the U.S. government believed it had a deficiency problem on its hands.
They decided that adding the cheaper synthetic form of folate, folic acid, to foods that many people ate daily seemed like the obvious, cost-effective solution. So manufacturers started adding this synthetic form of folate to enriched flours.
However, remember the effects of glyphosate on your gut microbes that we talked about earlier? Certain genetically engineered foods have a similar effect…
Certain genetically engineered foods, like GE corn have a similar detrimental effect on your gut microbes, and can impair the pathway that produces folate.
GE corn and soy had already been on the market for a few years when U.S. lawmakers passed this law!
So, if you’re harming your gut microbes that naturally produce folate, how could you not be deficient in folate?
How to Tell If You Might Be Folate Deficient
What are some of the signs of a folate deficiency?
- Weakness or lack of energy
- Frequent illness
- Changes in mood or irritability
- Poor digestion, bloating
- Confusion and forgetfulness
- Premature graying of hair
- Loss of appetite
- Pale skin
- Sore, red tongue and mouth
- Occasional loose stools or constipation
Those are just the outwards signs of a folate deficiency. Inside, you need to absorb adequate folate to help keep your cells and organs healthy.
Besides the harm glycogen can do to your gut, aging is also associated with changes in your gastrointestinal tract that can affect your absorption of folate. And because of that, deficiencies of folate and vitamin B12 are more commonly seen in older individuals.
Studies show a link between low levels of folate and poor cognitive function and memory concerns. If you consume a lot of folic acid from fortified foods and supplements, you can actually mask the appearance of a vitamin B12 deficiency!
The Price Your Liver Pays When You’re Overloaded With Folic Acid
I think you’ll agree that it’s clear we need a good daily source of folate. But is supplementing with folic acid the best way to get it?
Imagine this scenario… The average person may be taking a supplement with folic acid and eating folic acid-enriched foods. That can add up to a significant amount of man-made folic acid. What happens to all of it?
Folic acid must be converted to folate for your body to use it. But because folic acid is missing what’s known as a methyl group, it must first get one from your liver before it can be converted.
So how’s this related to ridding your body of harmful substances?
When you consume large amounts of folic acid – from supplements and processed foods – your liver can become overwhelmed. Through the process of supplying methyl groups to folic acid, your liver can deplete itself of these critical groups.
Your liver not only can lose its ability to reduce folic acid, this process can also use up its supply of glutathione, the powerhouse molecule that’s essential for your body’s ability to clear out unwanted substances. Glutathione is needed to bind to and remove mercury and other heavy metals.
If the folic acid you consume can’t get the methyl group from your liver, the folic acid accumulates in your blood.
So if your liver exhausts itself, you can lose on two counts – compromise your body’s ability to cleanse itself of heavy metals and harmful substances, and be left with folic acid hanging out in your blood which is also not a good thing…
Folic Acid’s Toxic Effects on Your Brain and Immune Function
Folic acid travels to your brain, and there, can block your brain folate receptors. It must be in the reduced, active 5-MTHF form to cross your blood brain barrier for cognitive benefits.
If and when you finally do get the right form of folate to your brain, it’s useless because the folic acid is already there blocking it from working properly.
This blockage can lead to issues associated with low levels of folate in your brain and central nervous system.
While folate is vital for proper brain function and mental and emotional health, folic acid doesn’t provide the same benefits and may even have toxic effects.*
A recent study of post-menopausal women taking daily folic acid supplements showed that elevated serum folic acid levels, or inactive folic acid in your blood can reduce the critical actions of natural killer cells.
Interestingly, an early study from the 1990s showed folic acid supplementation did provide benefits without any down side. It was believed that your gut microbes took care of reducing the folic acid to its active form folate.
Then came a groundbreaking study in 2014 that proved this belief wrong.
It turns out there’s an extra step that must happen before your gut can fully reduce and add methyl groups to folic acid. This puts an even greater burden on your liver that can lead to liver stress, impaired removal of toxins, and reduced antioxidant and methylation capacity.
Understanding Methylation – A Crucial Process That Keeps Your Body Functioning Properly
We just talked about how your liver must methylate or add methyl groups to folic acid before your body can use it. What exactly does this mean? And what is methylation?
Methylation is a process where methyl groups (unique structures of one carbon atom and three hydrogen atoms) are added to the DNA molecules in your cells. This process occurs over a billion times a second to keep your body functioning properly!
In fact, this life-supporting process provides these necessary methyl groups to over two hundred functions in your body, including:
- Repairing and building DNA and RNA
- Protecting your cells’ telomeres or genetic material that affect aging
- Turning genes on and off
- Regulating cellular energy
- Repairing cell membranes and nerve sheaths
- Supporting a healthy normal allergic response
- Building immune cells
- Producing glutathione to aid in cleansing of tissues
- Regulating hormones
- Supporting your body’s ability to clear itself of chemicals and heavy metals
- Modulating your body’s stress response
- Regulating your brain’s neurotransmitters for mood, brain function, and sleep
- Supporting healthy weight management
I think you’ll agree, methylation is important for your health, and especially your longevity.
However, in many individuals, the methylation cycle can’t effectively use the methyl groups it produces…
Are Methylation Issues Getting in the Way of Your Health and Happiness? Meet the MTHFR Gene
How can you tell if you may be one of the many whose methylation cycle isn’t working optimally?
You might be feeling low in energy. Maybe you’re feeling moody or down. You may not be sleeping as well as you’d like. Or you may be finding it hard to concentrate or notice it takes you a while to calm down after a frightful experience.
Perhaps you’re dealing with metabolic, thyroid or heart issues, or have questions about your hormones.
All these can be signs that you have a mutation in the gene that controls your methylation cycle – the MTHFR gene (stands for methylene-tetrahydrofolate reductase).
A mutation is a change in your DNA sequence. When you have a MTHFR mutation, you have what’s considered a down regulation of the enzyme. A mutation can affect a gene’s shape and function.
So what does all this have to do with folate?
The enzyme MTHFR converts the folate you get in food into its active form, 5-Methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF).
By turning folic acid into methylate folate or 5-MTHF, you kick-start your methylation cycle. And methylation is essential for the proper removal of heavy metals and chemicals like glyphosate from your body.
Generally speaking, many individuals with MTHFR enzyme challenges aren’t able to purge heavy metals and other toxic substances properly.
Although the incidence of a MTHFR mutation varies widely depending on ethnic group and region, some leading alternative practitioners now believe that as many as 40 to 50 percent (or more) of the U.S. population may have the gene defect!
The best way to know for sure if you are affected is to work with a knowledgeable, preferably holistic practitioner and possibly test for MTHFR.
So You Suspect (or Know) You Have the MTHFR Gene Mutation. Now What?
The good news is, even if you have a variance in the gene, you are not doomed to expressing it!
There are many everyday things you can do to help balance methylation and give your body its best chance to overcome the shortfall:
- Avoid foods and supplements with folic acid (be sure to read labels!)
- Eat lots of organic raw, leafy green vegetables and other high folate foods
- Avoid processed foods, refined carbohydrates, and sugar
- Minimize stress and practice stress management (I recommend Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and meditation)
- Avoid dairy, gluten, and soy (especially important if you have methylation issues)
- Restrict, or better yet, avoid alcohol (it depletes needed B vitamins)
- Avoid smoking and second-hand smoke
- Reduce your exposure to plastics, BPA, and manmade materials
- Avoid using cleaning products with toxic and harsh chemicals
By following these healthy living guidelines, you can help reduce the stress on your elimination organ – your liver – and help improve your methylation and your body’s ability to remove harmful substances.
But to truly improve your body’s ability to cleanse itself and methylate properly, you must go beyond the basics… I suggest taking additional steps.
Beyond the Basics… Using 5-MTHF Folate to Boost Methylation and Purge Glyphosate, Toxic Chemicals, and Heavy Metals
If you are one of the many who has a gene mutation, you need to know about folate. Folate plays a valuable role in proper methylation and the elimination of toxins, unlike folic acid because of how it is metabolized in your body.*
However, I’m not talking about just any folate.
You need folate in the reduced and methylated 5-MTHF form to kick-start your methylation and clearing of toxins.
Here’s what make 5-MTHF so valuable… This form of folate bypasses the faulty folic acid metabolism cycle.
Why put unnecessary stress on your liver, especially if there is a chance your DNA methylation cycle may not be working properly?
By supplementing with 5-MTHF, you reduce the chance of overtaxing your liver and depleting it of its methyl groups and supply of glutathione for your body’s cleansing processes.
Methylfolate, or the 5-MTHF form of folate, already has its methyl groups, so you get both the methyl and the reduced capacity. You don’t need to place unnecessary stress on your liver!
In just a moment I will tell you what to look for because getting the right form of folate can be a real challenge. You’ll be shocked to see how easy it is to be fooled by imposters!
The Foolhardy Folate Scam – Insist on Real 5-MTHF
Many manufacturers still use the words folic acid and folate interchangeably as if they’re the same thing. You now know the difference so don’t let them fool you. Don’t let them lead you to think you’re getting folate when it’s really only inexpensive synthetic folic acid.
So how can you make sure you don’t end up with folic acid?
Beware of supplements that list only "folate.” You want to see the exact form of folate: L-methylfolate or 5-MTHF. These are the biologically active forms of this B vitamin.
Be especially careful that you don’t confuse the active forms with the biologically inactive forms that include D-methylfolate and 6(R)-methylfolate – it’s easy to do!
While you’re checking the fine print on the label, make sure you’re also getting a high enough dose of 5-MTHF-folate to meet your needs.
To help with my own toxin removal strategy, I searched for a 5-MTHF-folate supplement. But I struggled to find one that supplied high enough levels.
I was even told by one supplier that the level I wanted wasn’t available because it was reserved for pharmaceutical use!
So, it only made sense for me to work with my team to create our own…
Introducing the Revolutionary Methyl Folate – For When You Want Higher Levels of Folate to Help Cleanse Your Body
I located a source of folate that I believe is truly revolutionary. The Quatrefolic® form of folate is what’s known as a “4th generation” 5-MTHF.
What’s so special about this form?
- Whereas the 3rd generation 5-MTHF used a calcium salt that was limited in its stability and solubility properties, the advanced generation Quatrefolic® uses a glucosamine salt for greater solubility in water – and hence bioavailability
- Glucosamine is naturally present in nearly all of your tissues and is already well known for joint health support*
- It is GRAS (generally recognized as safe)
- It’s structurally analogous to the reduced and active form of folic acid, 5-MTHF, so because it is already methylated, it relieves your liver of the exhaustive process of adding a methyl group
Quatrefolic supplementation allows 5-MTHF to be immediately bioavailable for its biological action without being metabolized in your body.*
By choosing a substance – glucosamine – that’s naturally present in nearly all of your tissues and well known for supporting joint health, and is GRAS (generally recognized as safe), you can be assured of stability and compatibility.*
Our Methyl Folate provides 5,000 mcg (5 mg) of Quatrefolic®5-MTHF Folate. That’s the equivalent of 5,000 mcg of folic acid, but in the form that your body and brain can readily use to assist with removal of cell-damaging substances.*
Let’s take a closer look at exactly how it can help you do that…
Backed by Science, Methyl Folate Can Help You Cleanse Your Cells, Organs, and Body*
Animal and human studies on our 5-MTHF Methyl Folate reveals some important findings:
- Demonstrates an enhanced oral bioavailability compared to folic acid and other forms of reduced folate*
- Passes the gastric barrier and is absorbed mainly in the small intestine, ensuring a higher folate uptake*
- Can effectively improve folate biomarkers in young women in early pregnancy, making it the preferred form for before and during pregnancy*
- Supplementation lowers blood levels of toxic arsenic*
- Completely bypasses the "damaged" MTHFR conversion step and delivers a "finished" folate the body can immediately use without any kind of metabolization
Put very simply, our Methyl Folate aids your tissues’ ability to dispose of unwanted substances, such as glyphosate, heavy metals, and even the remnants of antibiotic therapy.*
If you have glyphosate in your system, as three in four individuals likely do, you want to remove it as quickly as possible. As we discussed earlier, glyphosate can disrupt your natural production of folate, damage your gut microbiome and barrier, and set you up for leaky gut.
Because glyphosate is now pervasive in our food supply, the first step you must take is to improve your diet. Curtail your intake of sugars and refined grains and carbs. Eliminate folic acid-containing foods and supplements. Buy organically grown produce and avoid crops treated with glyphosate.
Since methyl folate works so closely with vitamin B12 for methylation and for the production of energy and healthy red blood cells, consider taking Vitamin B12 along with Methyl Folate.*
Many people, especially older Americans, are deficient in this crucial B vitamin. We offer an easy-to-use, tasty blackberry-flavored spray – Vitamin B12 Energy Booster that includes the methyl group for enhanced bioavailability.*
Many people find that by simply replacing folic acid with the preferred form of folate, 5-MTHF, cleaning up their diet, and following the healthy living guidelines I reviewed earlier enables them to meet their health goals.
However, some individuals want to help take your body’s cleansing processes to the next level…
My Advanced Plan… First, Remove the Cell-Damaging Substances. Then, Rebuild Your Cells
I recommend three products, including Folate to help break down and remove cell-damaging substances like glyphosate and heavy metals*:
|| Methyl Folate aides the tissues’ ability to break down and remove glyphosate, heavy metals, and toxins*
|| Liver Support contains glutathione precursor NAC or N-Acetyl-Cysteine to support glutathione production and your liver’s cleansing processes, plus Milk Thistle and Broccoli Sprout powder to support healthy liver and kidney function*
|| Chlorella to help bind released toxins and heavy metals for removal from your body*
To ensure your body’s cleansing filters and elimination channels are working properly, you must support your kidneys, liver, and GI tract, and use binders such as chlorella to attach to and eliminate metals and toxins.* Be sure to drink lots of clean, fresh water!
Once you start releasing and removing glyphosate and heavy metals you can start rebuilding your cells.
My Cell Rebuilding Strategy includes three products:
|| Complete Spore Restore to help rebuild your gut lining and improve your gut’s tight junctions*
|| Fiber and prebiotics, like my Organic Whole Husk Psyllium, to help nourish your beneficial gut bacteria and facilitate proper elimination*
|| Probiotics to help repopulate your microbiome and beneficial bacteria for optimal folate production*
Take Action Today and Kick Your Detox Plan Into Gear
As we’ve discovered, your body needs certain tools to help it function properly, and to allow it to cleanse itself of potentially hazardous substances.
One of those tools is 5-MTHF folate…
Methyl Folate provides you with the means to:
- Help your tissues and cells dispose of, or release, unwanted substances, such as glyphosate, heavy metals, and potentially harmful chemicals*
- Provide your cells and tissues with the proper and bioavailable form of folate for healthy cell growth and division*
- Assist your body with proper methylation and reduce the load on your liver to help preserve its supply of methyl and glutathione
I wish I could say there’s an easy way to avoid toxins, but I can’t. You’re engulfed by health-harming toxins in your air, water, homes, and food, just about everywhere.
Therefore, the purging of toxins isn’t a one-time thing. It’s a continual process that you will likely need to pay attention to for the rest of your life.
By taking Folate regularly, you support your body’s ability to cleanse itself, and you help protect your cells’ DNA. When your methylation is working optimally, your body can more efficiently do its job.
Take Control of Your Health™ and give your body the form of Folate it needs most. Order Methyl Folate today!