Category «Alzheimer’s»

Building Up Iron – Genetics, Diet, and Health Effects

I have blogged before about hemochromatosis and the importance of checking your DNA results for the genetic variants that cause it, but I’m revisiting the topic today with updated research on the topic of iron overload. This is a personal cause for me, and getting the word out to as many people as possible is …

SOD1 Gene Polymorphisms

Superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) is a gene that codes for the copper-zinc superoxide dismutase enzymes which help protect against oxidative stress and detoxify reactive oxygen species.  SOD1 is found in the cells, while SOD2 is in the mitochondria. SOD3 is an extracellular enzyme.  [ref]   SOD1 binds copper and zinc ions and destroys free radicals. …

Alzheimer’s and APOE type

One very important gene that has been researched in association with Alzheimer’s disease is the APOE gene.    Late-onset (after age 60) Alzheimer’s disease is thought to be influenced both by genes and by environmental factors, so keep in mind when looking at your genetic risk that your genes are only one part of the equation …