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Curcumin and phospholipids: cause for concern?

Updated August 16th, 2017 Top level summary: some of the methods for increasing the bioavailability of curcumin could be dangerous. For example, black pepper, often added to curcumin to increase bioavailability, can throw off the metabolism of different types of drugs. (R, R) The curcumin phospholipid craze isn’t any better. Some studies show that dissolving… Read More

Seven genes linked to high homocysteine levels and what to do about them

Homocysteine is a vital molecule required for numerous processes within the cells of our body to ensure good health. However, as with much in life, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. When present at elevated levels homocysteine is associated with numerous poor health outcomes including; increased cardiovascular risk (R,R), increased risk… Read More

Micro-dosing berberine: good idea? bad idea?

I’ve been “micro-dosing” berberine, usually around 150-200mg a day for a few days. The smaller dose (most supplements come in 500mg pills) came after I experienced side effects from higher doses. My main focus is on gut repair, but I’ve stumbled across some research, and pieced together a few themes that had been rattling around… Read More

You say DAO I say DAAO

This is just a quick post to elaborate on something that John and I came across when we were┬áresearching L-theanine; which seems to be causing a lot of confusion out there on genetics forums… DAO is not the same as DAO. Written down that doesn’t look like it makes a lot of sense, but let… Read More

Coconut oil: good for some, bad for others?

Updated July 27th, 2017 ContentsMust the Coconut Oil discussion be one size fits all?Are Coconut oil supplements really healthy?Oral hygiene – definitely healthyMental acuity – possibly healthy for some, efficacy questionableKetogenic diets have evidence of health benefitsCoconut oil is not MCT oilCoconut oil and heart health – unhealthy for someCoconut oil increases HDL, but also… Read More

Are Curcumin’s health benefits proven by human studies?

Updated August 12th, 2017 Curcumin is the darling of the supplement world, but many of the studies touting its benefits are based on animal studies. While there is nothing wrong with citing animal studies, we wanted to answer the question: what are Curcumin’s proven health benefits based on human studies? Our research found that, based… Read More

Foolproof paleo pancakes you’ll actually want to eat

Let me start by saying, I don’t identify as a traditional follower of the Paleo diet (was Vegan last week), I am really more of a Pegan these days, with some healthy animal protein and fat added in, both for health and enjoyment. Example: last night, I had salmon roe with quail egg, king salmon… Read More

Habit’s genetically tailored meal service isn’t healthy for these genotypes

When I first heard Campbell’s soup invested 32 million dollars into a new nutrigenomics startup called Habit, I was excited. That’s a big bet (from a major player) on people starting to use their genetic information to find the diet that’s best for them. We at Gene Food wholeheartedly support this mission. We applaud Habit’s… Read More

10 things I learned going Vegan for a Week

Ok, I know what you’re thinking. In fact, I can see your eyes rolling from here (Austin). Here we go again with another veganism changed my life post. Just what the internet needs. And I am sympathetic, believe me. The Vegan camp was the last nutritional outpost I had yet to visit. I’d simply listened… Read More

Do pollen allergies cause anxiety?

Feeling anxious? You’re not alone. The NY Times ran a story a few weeks back titled “Prozac nation is now the United States of Xanax.” Why is everyone anxious? If you believe, as I do, that anxiety is a symptom, not an identity, there are lots of potential reasons, many of which are work stress… Read More

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