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Heart health

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

Natto taste test: How does this super-funky superfood stack up?

It’s nattō time at Gene Food, folks. Why am I eating smelly fermented soybeans for breakfast, you might ask? OK, well maybe you aren’t asking that right off the bat. But you will. “It looks like glue with bugs in it,” my best friend said when I told her that John had assigned me to eat… 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

Most fish oil is poison. Here’s what to do about it

The supplement world can be a tricky place to navigate. You want to do the right thing for your health, but who can you trust? The fact is that many supplements don’t contain the ingredients they say they do, and nowhere is the playing field more murky than with fish oil. Fish oil is one… Read More

Vegan eggs: what’s good about ’em? What’s bad about ’em?

Updated October 17th, 2017 For people looking to switch to a plant-based diet, reducing the amount of animal protein we eat every day can be challenging. Even more difficult may be letting go of some of our favorite products, like milk, eggs, and cheese. It seems like we’ve always had almond and coconut milk as… 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

Micro-dosing berberine: good idea? bad idea?

I’ve been “micro-dosing” berberine, usually around 150-200mg a day for a few days. The smaller dose (most supplements come in 500mg pills) came after I experienced side effects from higher doses. My main focus is on gut repair, but I’ve stumbled across some research, and pieced together a few themes that had been rattling around… 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

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

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