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Genetics

The blood type diet has been debunked, or has it?

Top level summary: Hope the headline didn’t get you too excited. Yes, the blood type diet has largely been debunked. Although, as I will discuss in this post, there are a few narrow redeeming qualities to this much maligned fad diet. The main science backed diet issue for people to consider based on their blood type… Read More

Are the COMT and MTHFR genes linked?

Two of the most talked about genes in relation to nutrigenomics and health are MTHFR and COMT. Indeed these two genes are frequently discussed together by individuals and healthcare professionals (R). Partly this is because of well investigated and characterized polymorphisms such as C667T for MTHFR, or G472A for COMT, with described health impacts, but… 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

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 researching 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

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

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?

Updated October 15th, 2017 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… Read More

Don’t fear the fridge! Histamine intolerance is bigger than food

Updated September 4th, 2017  Histamine intolerance. A real condition with a very unfortunate name. No one is actually histamine intolerant, we all need histamine, it’s an essential neurotransmitter. (R) However, as with anything else, too much of a good thing can cause problems. When we accumulate more histamine than our body can handle, symptoms begin,… Read More

My experience with L-theanine: dose, benefits, side effects

Updated October 17th, 2017  If you’re researching L-theanine, also known as theanine, you may already know that it’s an amino acid, found in green and black tea, that boosts mood, and promotes a sense of calm without drowsiness. I will let Aaron get into the science of how L-theanine works to create these benefits later… Read More

The genetics of celiac disease: what you need to know

The gluten free lifestyle is now so common you can’t even call it a trend anymore. Brands and restaurants bend over backwards to cater to the increasing number of gluten intolerant people, or those with the more severe medical disorder celiac (coeliac) disease. In this post I’m going to go through the symptoms, pathology and underlying genetics… Read More

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