Nutrigenetics

Why do some thrive on a high saturated fat diets and others develop heart disease? How can one population eat a high carbohydrate diet, while another group eating the same diet develops type 2 diabetes at an accelerated rate? The emerging science of nutrigenetics offers answers. Nutrigenetics, which involves tailoring diet to DNA, helps sheds light on how genetic variability plays a big role in why people respond differently to different diets. The articles published here cover the latest developments, including ApoE4 and brain health, B vitamin and fatty acid metabolism, the latest science on popular SNPs, such as CBS, COMT and MTHFR, and much more. For more information on the genes we report on in our custom nutrition plans, take a look at our Guide to Nutrigenetics.

Zetia side effects
October 21, 2019

Why I Tried Ezetimibe (Zetia) and Why I Stopped Almost Immediately

Imagine walking to a friend’s dinner party. You’ve been looking forward to attending and the date’s been circled on your calendar as a night of cocktails and good conversation. Your… Read More

September 29, 2019

What Causes Alzheimer’s Disease? Is Genetics or Lifestyle More Important?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most notorious form of dementia, with dementia being defined as “a series of conditions occurring when nerve cells or neurons in the brain die or no… Read More

pregnant woman holding stomach
September 24, 2019

Chlorinated water and pregnancy – how it affects fetal development and why genes matter

If you’re interested in making your water safer for you and your family, you probably saw this study which found unsafe levels of many carcinogens in United States drinking water…. Read More

August 22, 2019

The Vegan Omega-3 Problem (and how to solve it)

Vegan and vegetarian diets are growing in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. Even those of us who are not full on vegetarian can agree eating less meat is… Read More

August 11, 2019

Can the MTHFR gene affect fertility and pregnancy?

The simple answer to that question is yes!  MTHFR can affect fertility in both men and women and also affect the resulting pregnancy. Men and especially women who find they… Read More

Genetic testing
August 3, 2019

5 trusted sites that process raw 23andme and Ancestry data

Since 2017, the market for consumer genomics products has been exploding. With an estimated 20 million people having now ordered genetic testing kits, it’s only natural many of us are… Read More

June 19, 2019

Why I micro-dose fish oil supplements

Fish oil supplements are a controversial topic. As we touch on in our fish oil buying guide, most fish oil supplements contain rancid and damaged fats and the content of… Read More

April 24, 2019

Why Food Sensitivities Can Be a Moving Target

Science Grade: Do you have food sensitivities but don’t have a good handle on what you can and can’t eat because the reactions seem to always be changing? This blog… Read More

March 14, 2019

Yes, multivitamins can work (but careful which brand you choose)

The supplement industry in the U.S. is a 12 billion dollar behemoth, which means most of us take some kind of dietary supplement, or at least know friends who do…. Read More

February 27, 2019

Does Smoking Marijuana Cause Mental Illness? What Role Do Genetics Play?

Cannabis is one of the hottest health topics around right now. It’s been linked with a vast number of positive health effects such as increased appetite in cancer patients and… Read More

why I don't eat canola oil
November 26, 2018

Why I don’t eat vegetable oil

This is a post about why I don’t eat vegetable oil, not as much a post about why vegetable oil is bad for people in general (although it is), so… Read More

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November 13, 2018

Can a Ketogenic Diet Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease? What about ApoE4?

We received a question recently from a gentleman who purchased a custom nutrition plan and wondered about the results. His diet type was assigned as Villager, which due to issues… Read More

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