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Antioxidants

Discussion of the role antioxidants play in nutrigenomics.

MTHFR Supplements when pregnant

MTHFR and pregnancy: Is it OK to take folic acid?

Folate (vitamin B9) is an essential nutrient required for DNA replication, amino acid synthesis, and a range of enzymatic processes in the body. As such, it’s no surprise that we need more folate during times of rapid growth and development, such as in pregnancy. For most individuals, that means reaching for folic acid pills. In… Read More

Apples Nutrition

Can polyphenols in fruit kill cancer cells?

Polyphenols are currently all the rage in some scientific circles, but what are they and why are folks so excited? In short, polyphenols are a group of more than 10,000 compounds found in plants that appear to have antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antiatherosclerotic, anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, hepatoprotective, antiviral, antiallergic, antidiarrheal, antimicrobial, and estrogenic activity (R). Not surprisingly, then,… Read More

two fish oil capsules

Should you take fish oil after a brain injury?

I really hit my head hard the other day and it wasn’t fun. I was visiting with a friend over coffee on an outdoor patio with glass paned double doors that led back to a main dining area. When I left to use the restroom, both doors were open, but in the time I was… Read More

Prevent Macular Degeneration Supplements Nutrition

Can macular degeneration be prevented with nutrition?

If you’re like me and you’re one of the millions of people who have had their DNA tested to find out more about their risks for certain diseases or where they come from, then perhaps you’ve already heard of macular degeneration. Or maybe you already knew about it from a family member who has it…. Read More

Probiotics During Pregnancy

Probiotics during pregnancy: Benefits, safety, and best supplements

One of the most trending topics in pregnancy today is probiotics. We’ve all heard of them (and we’ve written about them here at Gene Food quite a bit), but can probiotics be good for pregnancy? And are they even safe? During pregnancy, a lot of medicines and supplements are considered off the table — the… Read More

Improve Focus Supplements Nutrition

Supplements to improve your focus: Adderall alternatives

As a full-time writer juggling multiple projects across international time zones, I’m all too aware of the importance of staying focused and alert while racing toward a deadline. Caffeine just doesn’t cut it for me as a way to stay focused — it makes me far too jittery to concentrate and be effective. As such,… Read More

pycnogenol benefits

Pycnogenol: the ultimate anti-jet lag supplement?

It’s been a full week since I returned from my first trip to Europe, and I am completely refreshed. I’ve had three full nights of sleep in a row, some of the best sleep I’ve had in months. And I never really experienced jet lag. How? A few days before my flight, I started taking… Read More

nutrition alzheimer's disease

Can diet reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s in APOE4 carriers?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, with dementia being defined as “a series of conditions occurring when nerve cells or neurons in the brain die or no longer function as they should.”  These changes will impair a person’s ability to carry out basic daily life activities, and even more, Alzheimer’s will also… Read More

Highway Traffic

Living close to a highway? Make sure to eat your broccoli

Here at Gene Food, we are a little obsessed with the NrF2 pathway, a genetic transcription factor responsible for “turning on” over 200 genes, many of which are related to detoxification. As we’ve written about previously, nutrition can play a role in activating NrF2. Because of a compound known as sulforaphane, broccoli sprouts are one… Read More

Infrared Sauna Health Benefits

Infrared sauna: the one time when radiation is good for you?

Here at Gene Food, we’ve talked a lot about genetic pathways and supplements that help our bodies detoxify. For example, John has written long posts about superoxide dismutase and glutathione, both antioxidants our bodies make and use to clear toxins, but supplements aren’t the only way to detox. In fact, ancient practices such as sauna… Read More

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