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Genetics

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 November 23rd, 2017 I just finished a delicious breakfast of three scrambled pastured eggs cooked in ghee, half an avocado, and some roasted brussell sprouts. Yum. Prior to breakfast, I went for a run and listened to Joe Rogan interview Chris Kresser on his podcast. I am fans of both of these guys, but… 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 Link

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

Homocysteine Levels and Genes

7 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

DAO DAOO Differences Genetics

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

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