Category «Neurotransmitters»

Is the nootropic drug modafinil likely to work for you?

Modafinil is being used as a nootropic drug that increases alertness and gives a sense of well being — to some users. Like most drugs, individual results seem to vary.  One reason for the variation is a common genetic variation in the COMT gene. Modafinil is a prescription medication (in the US) for decreasing daytime …

Choline – An Essential Nutrient

I just finished listening to an interesting podcast featuring Dr. Zeisel, a researcher at the NC Nutrition Research Institute.  The interview discussed the body’s need for choline and the impact of some genetic variants on our ability to produce it in the body.  So I decided to dig into this a little more and look …

Genetics of Grinding Your Teeth

It never fails to amaze me how many of our quirks and traits have a genetic basis.  A study that came out last week caught my eye. Bruxism, teeth grinding, is linked to a genetic variant. The study, Genetic polymorphisms in the serotoninergic system are associated with circadian manifestations of Bruxism, looked into several polymorphisms in …

Serotonin and your genes

Serotonin… most of us think of the commercials with happy brain neurons bouncing serotonin between them. Turns out that there may be a lot more to this molecule that most of us realize. About 90% of serotonin is made in the gut and regulates motility there. Serotonin is also involved in various other bodily functions …

A little lithium and B-12 makes the world a happier place – for some.

A Little Lithium + B12 may make the world a happier place - depending on your #genetic snps.

It is funny sometimes, looking back on the journey you take to discover something new and personal to your health. Of all the lessons that I’ve learned from reading through thousands of research studies on genes, the most important lessons sometimes come from stumbling across a nugget of information that hits a chord. For me, …