Genomic Medicine and Mental Health
We can’t change the genes we were given, but we can change how they impact our lives and our health.
What is genomic medicine?
Genomic medicine combines an understanding of slight changes in genes called Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) with biochemistry and nutrition. It gives a doctor insight into how your body processes vitamins as well as how it produces and regulates chemicals including neurotransmitters that have an impact on mental and behavioral health.
What do you do when you find SNPs?
Not all SNPs have been studied well enough to be treated, however many have and give us information on nutrients that are needed to support the system, and foods that should be avoided to prevent disturbing the system.
What are common SNPs?
- MTHFR and MTRR – regulates how your body processes folic acid, implicated in many mental health conditions
- COMT and MAO – regulate how your body processes and removes excitatory neurotransmitters, may contribute to rage and anxiety
- DAO – regulates histamine processing, implicated in many mental health conditions
- CBS and SOD – important for detox