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Antioxidants

Discussion of the role antioxidants play in nutrigenomics.

Is green tea king? 7 proven health benefits of tea

Updated October 17th, 2017 If you’re a big tea drinker, you most likely have a “go-to” tea. Maybe you drink green tea daily, or perhaps you’re getting into white tea because you’ve heard its antioxidant levels are off the charts. If you’re strolling down the tea and coffee aisle of your grocery store, you probably… Read More

Caffeine consumption: what you need to know for tomorrow morning

Updated October 8th, 2017 Do you ever worry about your caffeine consumption? Asking for a friend. Truth be told, I drink about 3-5 cups (how “cup” is actually defined on a coffeemaker, not physical mugs) of coffee a day. I tell myself that I need to be better about switching to green tea in the… Read More

I took 10mg of PQQ: here’s what happened

PQQ Science Score:  Part of my job here at Gene Food is playing guinea pig with new supplements. As I’d yet to try the much heralded pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ), I figured it was past time to give this ostensible mitochondria booster a go. Because PQQ is a potent supplement, it is offered in low doses, hence… Read More

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

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

A big blog post on Acetyl-L-Carnitine: benefits and side effects

Updated June 22, 2017 Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR) is the acetylated form of the amino acid L-carnitine (LC), which means it is tagged with an acetyl molecule. Whilst both forms can be used as a supplement ALCAR is often preferred due to its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier allowing it to interact with nerves in the… Read More

Citrus bergamot: the all natural statin?

We know that vitamin C and fiber rich citrus fruits are healthy, but how much efficacy do they really have when it comes to “big” health issues, such as heart disease? Quite a bit as it turns out, but not all citrus fruits are created equal. While we’re all familiar with common oranges, lemons and grapefruits… Read More

Lion’s mane, chaga and cordyceps, oh my!

Updated August 22nd, 2017  I have a confession to make. I’ve been experimenting with mushrooms. That sounds bad, I know, but it’s not what you think. These mushrooms are perfectly legal and have been used by healing traditions for hundreds of years. They’re called Lions Mane (Hericium erinaceus), Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) and Cordyceps, respectively. Should you be… Read More

Activating the Nrf2 pathway with nutrition: what you need to know

We’ve discussed oxidative stress and free radicals in various posts on the Gene Food blog, often focusing on specific enzymes produced by the body such as superoxide dismutase 2 (SOD2), or specific beneficial nutrients such as glutathione. These direct acting enzymes and nutrients are great at fighting the fire of oxidative stress, but where this… Read More

Welcome to Austin, now lay off the Sauerkraut

Updated September 29th, 2017 I moved to Austin not too long ago, and love it. However, Austin has an allergy problem. A really big allergy problem. Austin’s allergy problem Check out this Allergy Calendar a local allergist created: Calendar credit As the calendar demonstrates, there is always an allergen to enjoy in Austin, with mold… Read More

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