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Apples Nutrition

Can polyphenols in fruit kill cancer cells?

Polyphenols are currently all the rage in some scientific circles, but what are they and why are folks so excited? In short, polyphenols are a group of more than 10,000 compounds found in plants that appear to have antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antiatherosclerotic, anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, hepatoprotective, antiviral, antiallergic, antidiarrheal, antimicrobial, and estrogenic activity (R). Not surprisingly, then,… Read More

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I hit my head, then I turned to the fish oil

I really hit my head hard the other day and it wasn’t fun. I was visiting with a friend over coffee on an outdoor patio with glass paned double doors that led back to a main dining area. When I left to use the restroom, both doors were open, but in the time I was… Read More

Collagen Supplements

Do collagen supplements work? Is bovine the best?

Whether or not collagen supplements “work” is one of the most contentious issues in medical aesthetics. Can collagen pills and powders really make a difference for skin and gut health, or does the body simply break down the protein into its individual amino acids like any other protein? What makes collagen supplements so special, if… Read More

Prevent Macular Degeneration Supplements Nutrition

Can macular degeneration be prevented with nutrition?

If you’re like me and you’re one of the millions of people who have had their DNA tested to find out more about their risks for certain diseases or where they come from, then perhaps you’ve already heard of macular degeneration. Or maybe you already knew about it from a family member who has it…. Read More

Caffeine Withdrawal

My experience with caffeine withdrawal: the science behind the headaches

Caffeine gives me the jitters, which makes sense in light of my genetics. I am homozygous for the CYP1A2 gene, which means I metabolize caffeine more slowly than some of my buddies who drink espresso rather than warm milk before heading off to bed. When I was first reviewing my genetic charts, this information made… Read More

Probiotics During Pregnancy

Probiotics during pregnancy: Benefits, safety, and best supplements

One of the most trending topics in pregnancy today is probiotics. We’ve all heard of them (and we’ve written about them here at Gene Food quite a bit), but can probiotics be good for pregnancy? And are they even safe? During pregnancy, a lot of medicines and supplements are considered off the table — the… Read More

Hypothyroidism and Nutrition

Hypothyroidism and nutrition: Managing autoimmune thyroid disease through diet

Is it possible to “fix” hypothyroidism by diet alone? The short answer is no — there’s no dietary factor that can cure every case of hypothyroidism. There are, however, specific nutrients such as iodine and selenium that we need for healthy thyroid function. Too little or too much of these nutrients can cause serious thyroid… Read More

Vegetarians and B12

How to Handle Vitamin B12 Deficiency on a Vegetarian Diet

Over the last year, I have transitioned to a diet that is primarily, but not exclusively, vegetarian. I even went Vegan for a week as an experiment. I still eat meat on average about once every two weeks, and fish a few times a week, but I have cut way back on my intake of… Read More

nutrition alzheimer's disease

Can diet reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s in APOE4 carriers?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, with dementia being defined as “a series of conditions occurring when nerve cells or neurons in the brain die or no longer function as they should.”  These changes will impair a person’s ability to carry out basic daily life activities, and even more, Alzheimer’s will also… 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

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