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Curcumin and phospholipids: cause for concern?

Updated August 16th, 2017 Top level summary: some of the methods for increasing the bioavailability of curcumin could be dangerous. For example, black pepper, often added to curcumin to increase bioavailability, can throw off the metabolism of different types of drugs. (R, R) The curcumin phospholipid craze isn’t any better. Some studies show that dissolving… Read More

Coconut oil: good for some, bad for others?

Updated July 27th, 2017 Must the Coconut Oil discussion be one size fits all? Intro by John. Hello everyone. Aaron and I decided to write this post in response to the renewed debate over the health merits of coconut oil after the American Heart Association warned against the dangers of its saturated fat content. The… 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?

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 which are work stress… Read More

Lion’s mane, chaga and cordyceps, oh my!

Updated June 17th, 2017  I have a confession to make. I’ve been experimenting with mushrooms. That sounds bad, I know, but it’s not what you think. These mushrooms are perfectly legal and have been used by healing traditions for hundreds of years. They’re called Lions Mane (Hericium erinaceus), Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) and Cordyceps, respectively. Should you be… 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

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

Updated July 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

Why sulfur and the CBS genes are on my nutrition radar

There has been a lot of buzz about the CBS family of genes and how they impact sulfur metabolism, both from supplements like glutathione, as well as from food sources, such as cabbage, broccoli, etc. Doctors like Amy Yasko have researched a link between CBS genes and autism, but many remain skeptical. I think it’s… Read More

The Warrior Gene: 5 common myths debunked

Much has been written about the so called “warrior gene” MAOA, also sometimes not as diplomatically referred to as the Psycho gene. We all carry this gene but certain mutations in these genes have been linked to an increased risk of violence, especially when there has been early life abuse [R]. First made famous by… Read More

VDR Fok1, Vitamin D, Fat and heart palpations

In a previous post, I hypothesised that symptoms of a racing heartbeat, or heart palpitations, after ingesting medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), as popularized by Bulletproof Coffee, could be due to a variant in the Vitamin D Receptor genes. That post, entitled is Bulletproof Coffee to Blame for your High LDL?, was mainly focused on whether high… Read More

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