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Supplements

MSG in supplements

The MSG in your supplements

Updated January 24th, 2018 Most everyone has heard of the dreaded monosodium glutamate, or “MSG” for short (remember the word glutamate in that phrase). The stereotype is that MSG is an additive in many Chinese dishes, and so it’s easily avoided, but it’s actually much more common than you might think. What if I told… Read More

Bifidobacterium vs Lactobacillus Strains

Bifidobacterium vs. Lactobacillus probiotics: what’s the difference?

All the growing interest surrounding probiotics has led to an explosion in the supplement market, which is estimated to be valued at $45.64 billion and growing. A probiotic is defined as a microorganism that survives the digestive process to confer a health benefit on the host, which in this case, is us. The health benefits… Read More

Acetyl-L-Carnitine

Boosting serotonin with food and supplements: what you need to know

We’ve all heard of serotonin, the “feel good” neurotransmitter that regulates sleep, mood, and sex drive. And because of its role in making us feel good, serotonin maintains a coveted place in the popular culture, especially in the supplement industry. People take supplements like 5-HTP to increase serotonin levels, but is this the best way… Read More

Zinc Supplements Benefits Side Efffects

Zinc has many health benefits, but don’t overdo it

We’ve all been there. A few weeks in to the craziness of Christmas parties and year end dinners with friends, our body is telling us stop, but the calendar is saying Go! This year, partying and poor food choices had me feeling like I was coming down with something, so I reached for the zinc…. Read More

The complete guide to Curcumin: benefits, pitfalls and the best supplements

Updated January 18th, 2017 So, you’re researching curcumin, one of the antioxidants found in the popular eastern spice turmeric. You may be on to something, because as we will see in a minute, curcumin does have tangible health benefits, many of which have been proven in human studies, however, there is a catch: curcumin can… Read More

Psychobiotics Brain Health

Psychobiotics: can probiotics make our brains work better?

Nootropics (supplements that increase cognitive ability) are all the rage these days, and I’ve already written on this blog about my experiences with the popular nootropic theanine, however, I’ve read studies lately that make me believe that the best path to cognitive enhancement may just travel through the microbiome. Probiotics as brain enhancers It turns… Read More

Gut Microbiome

How our gut bacteria can fight tumor growth

The average adult gut extends over 20 feet and is the home of over a thousand different bacteria species, all with specific roles to play in digestion. In fact, science is just starting to understand how important the microbiome is to our health, with animal studies even showing the potential for certain strains of bacteria… Read More

L-Tyrosine supplements affect people differently based on genotype

In this post, my first on the Gene Food blog, I get into why I felt so good when I took the amino acid, L-tyrosine. I knew from digging into my genetics that I was a COMT “worrier,” meaning I had heightened levels of dopamine and was therefore somewhat prone to stress. I also knew… 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

PQQ Supplements Experience

I took 10mg of PQQ: here’s what happened

Updated December 22nd, 2017 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… Read More

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