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Supplements

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

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 in low doses, hence… Read More

Most fish oil is poison. Here’s what to do about it

The supplement world can be a tricky place to navigate. You want to do the right thing for your health, but who can you trust? The fact is that many supplements don’t contain the ingredients they say they do, and nowhere is the playing field more murky than with fish oil. Fish oil is one… Read More

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

Seven genes linked to high homocysteine levels and what to do about them

Homocysteine is a vital molecule required for numerous processes within the cells of our body to ensure good health. However, as with much in life, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. When present at elevated levels homocysteine is associated with numerous poor health outcomes including; increased cardiovascular risk (R,R), increased risk… Read More

Micro-dosing berberine: good idea? bad idea?

I’ve been “micro-dosing” berberine, usually around 150-200mg a day for a few days. The smaller dose (most supplements come in 500mg pills) came after I experienced side effects from higher doses. My main focus is on gut repair, but I’ve stumbled across some research, and pieced together a few themes that had been rattling around… 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

Are Curcumin’s health benefits proven by human studies?

Updated August 12th, 2017 Curcumin is the darling of the supplement world, but many of the studies touting its benefits are based on animal studies. While there is nothing wrong with citing animal studies, we wanted to answer the question: what are Curcumin’s proven health benefits based on human studies? Our research found that, based… Read More

A big blog post on Acetyl-L-Carnitine: benefits and side effects

Updated June 22, 2017 Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR) is the acetylated form of the amino acid L-carnitine (LC), which means it is tagged with an acetyl molecule. Whilst both forms can be used as a supplement ALCAR is often preferred due to its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier allowing it to interact with nerves in the… Read More

Saccharomyces boulardii: the antibiotic resistant probiotic

Updated August 24th, 2017 Science Score: Like many people, I came across Saccharomyces boulardii (S. boulardii) while I was forced to take a course of antibiotics. As I began to do my research, I realized that this crazy little probiotic yeast is one of the most proven supplements on the market today, with hundreds of peer reviewed… Read More

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