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Genetics

MSG in supplements

The MSG in your supplements

Updated January 24th, 2018 Most everyone has heard of the dreaded monosodium glutamate, or “MSG” for short (remember the word glutamate in that phrase). The stereotype is that MSG is an additive in many Chinese dishes, and so it’s easily avoided, but it’s actually much more common than you might think. What if I told… Read More

CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Editing

What is CRISPR-Cas9? An introduction in genome editing

CRISPR-Cas9 is one of the hottest topics in molecular biology (see this Nature special), and with recent advances is starting to gain attention in the mainstream media; see NYT, Guardian, BBC and many, many more news sources. A lot of this interest has been driven by the case of Brian Madeux in California. Brian, who has… Read More

Best DNA Test

Finding the best DNA test: should I genotype or sequence?

Updated January 25th, 2018 If you’ve arrived here you’re probably somewhat aware of the various consumer genotyping kits available for people wanting to check their ancestry and more recently (at least in an official sense) their health. The 4th quarter of 2016 saw 1.6 million people gain access to their genetic data in one form or… Read More

The complete guide to Curcumin: benefits, pitfalls and the best supplements

Updated January 18th, 2017 So, you’re researching curcumin, one of the antioxidants found in the popular eastern spice turmeric. You may be on to something, because as we will see in a minute, curcumin does have tangible health benefits, many of which have been proven in human studies, however, there is a catch: curcumin can… Read More

prostatitis cure

Yes, you can cure prostatitis – proven strategies for maintaining prostate health

Updated January 5th, 2017 This post is the first of a multi-part series shedding light on the latest treatments for common chronic conditions faced by an increasing number of Americans. Prostate. Just mentioning the word will get some snickers, but this little forgotten gland is crucial to every man’s health. In fact, if you are… Read More

TMAO and heart disease: what we know (and what we don’t)

In a previous post (and several others) John covered the ongoing debate about dietary cholesterol, with a particular focus on eggs. As part of that post he introduces the molecule called trimethylamine-N-oxide, or “TMAO” for short. TMAO is of great interest in the health community as a New England Journal of Medicine study linked elevated… Read More

Should you eat eggs everyday? No, and cholesterol has nothing to do with it

Updated December 12th, 2017 Note: for a thorough breakdown of the science behind TMAO metabolism and how genetic factors play a role, Aaron’s recent post TMAO and heart disease: what we know (and what we don’t) is worth a read. I just finished a delicious breakfast of three scrambled pastured eggs cooked in ghee, half… Read More

L-Tyrosine supplements affect people differently based on genotype

In this post, my first on the Gene Food blog, I get into why I felt so good when I took the amino acid, L-tyrosine. I knew from digging into my genetics that I was a COMT “worrier,” meaning I had heightened levels of dopamine and was therefore somewhat prone to stress. I also knew… Read More

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 is… Read More

COMT MTHFR

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

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