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Heart health

Infrared Sauna Health Benefits

Are infrared saunas the secret to good health or just a passing fad?

Here at Gene Food, we’ve talked a lot about genetic pathways and supplements that help our bodies detoxify. For example, John has written long posts about superoxide dismutase and glutathione, both antioxidants our bodies make and use to clear toxins, but supplements aren’t the only way to detox. In fact, ancient practices such as sauna… Read More

niacin heart health

Is Niacin heart healthy? Probably, but it depends on who you ask

For a time, Niacin, or Vitamin B3, when used in conjunction with statin therapy, was the only supplement approved by the FDA to prevent heart attacks. This stamp of approval from a government agency was the result of a 2001 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) study that found Niacin raised HDL, while lowering bad… Read More

Ashwagandha health benefits

The power of adaptogens: 7 health benefits of ashwagandha root

Ashwagandha is an important herb in Ayurvedic medicine, where it has been used for around 3,000 years to support the body’s resilience in the face of stress. The botanical name for ashwagandha is Withania somnifera, and the herb is a member of the nightshade family of plants. It is sometimes known as Indian ginseng, and… Read More

Mineral Imbalance Sodium High Blood Pressure

Pass the salt? High blood pressure may be due to mineral imbalance

If you’ve arrived at this article, you probably already know what hypertension is, or at least, you have a tiny idea. It’s almost impossible not to, given that high blood pressure (HBP) is one of the most common health conditions worldwide. According to the latest statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, high… Read More

Vitamin B12 Shots

My experience with Vitamin B12 shots

For those playing along at home with their 23andme data, I am heterozygous (A/G) for MTRR rs1801394. I was hesitant for this rite of passage. In what sort of world did a newer team member of a company get a shot of B vitamins injected into their backside to be an official part of the… Read More

Bean Health Benefits

What’s in a bean? Lots of health benefits

Updated January 5th, 2018 You’ve heard the rhyme “beans, beans, they’re good for your heart,” which is true — but that’s not even the half of it. Beans are part of the legumes family, which includes peas and lentils. They’re cheap, you can use them a lot of different ways, and they’re an excellent source… Read More

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

Updated February 26th, 2018 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… Read More

Vegan diet nutrient deficiency

Do plant based diets help us live longer? Separating fact from fiction

Updated November 19th, 2017  A big part of the reason I became involved with Gene Food was to help people understand that nutrition advice isn’t one size fits all. What works for some, won’t work for others. And yet, every food guru out there believes their diet is the best. The Vegan camp, in documentaries… 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

Magnesium Health Benefits Supplement Gene Food

Does magnesium have health benefits? My experience after 3 weeks

Updated January 18th, 2018. A few weeks ago, I wrote about my caffeine problem. I love coffee but sometimes I feel like I reach for another cup too often. My energy levels feel like I need it. How do I remedy this? John smartly suggested some magnesium supplements because they help regulate energy. Many of… Read More

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