Category «Vitamins & Minerals»

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 …

Thiamine – Genetic Variations in Need for B1

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Thiamine (thiamin), also known as vitamin B1, is a water-soluble vitamin that serves as a cofactor in the metabolism of carbohydrates, branch chain amino acids, and fatty acids.  It is essential and needed in the production of ATP, which is used in every cell for energy. Severe deficiency of thiamin leads to beriberi, and less …

Supplements for Methylation and More…

Reading the label on your supplements -- and getting rid of the surfactants.

I have ended up a cabinet full of bottles of all kinds of supplements!  Every time I learn about something new — methylfolate for MTHFR polymorphisms, hydroxycobalamin for MTRR polymorphisms, vitamin A because I don’t convert beta carotene, etc – off I go to order it from Amazon. My latest deep-dive into the world of emulsifiers, surfactants, …

Vitamin C Levels and Your Genes

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As the weather here turns colder, thoughts turn to preventing colds and the flu.  My “go to” method of preventing sickness has always been by loading up on vitamin C, even though recent studies haven’t really supported the idea that vitamin C increase immune function. At my house, if you have the sniffles it is …

Riboflavin, MTHFR, and other Genetic Polymorphisms

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) helps some people with certain genetic polymorphisms.

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) is a water soluble vitamin that is a co-factor for many enzymes in the body.  To put it in simpler terms: riboflavin is vitally important! Riboflavin is a ribose sugar bound to a flavin molecule.  It is the precursor to FMN (flavin mononucleotide) and FAD (flavin adenine dinucleotide), which are coenzymes involved …

Genetics of Biotin Deficiency

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Biotin, also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H, is a cofactor which aids in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.  Biotin deficiency due to diet is pretty rare, but eating raw egg whites for an extended period of time can deplete the body of biotin.  Foods that are high in biotin include egg …

Finding Quality Supplements

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Having spent hours online reading Amazon reviews of supplements, I was happy to find a new, more analytical way to look at supplements recently.  A website called Lab Door is testing supplements to determine their contents and posting the results for free. Supplements in the US are not regulated by the FDA for their purity …

MTHFR, Depression, and Homocysteine Levels

MTHFR polymorphisms, depression, and homocysteine -- study showing response to supplements

  An interesting study came out this year in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.  The study, Correlation of Clinical Response With Homocysteine Reduction During Therapy With Reduced B Vitamins in Patients With MDD Who Are Positive for MTHFR C677T or A1298C Polymorphism: A Randomized, Double-Bind, Placebo-Controlled Study, is available in full on the journal’s website. …

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.

When first digging into my 23andMe data, I really found Dr. Amy Yasko’s websites to be very informative and interesting to read.  Most of her work is with Autistic children, but her explanations of how the methylation cycle and other biochemical cycles work are easy to read and can be applicable to everyone. One thing …

Hemochromatosis – Genes involved

Hemochromatosis is a genetic disorder in which the body stores too much iron.  Normally, a person absorbs about 8 – 10% of iron that they eat, but a person with hemochromatosis can absorb up to 4 times that amount. In classic hemochromatosis, men may start seeing problems associated with too much iron in their 30’s, …