Category «Vitamins & Minerals»

Shining Genetic Light on Your Vitamin D Levels

Vitamin D is essential to so many processes in the body! It isn’t actually a vitamin at all, but a prohormone that is synthesized in the skin using cholesterol in a chemical reaction with UVB radiation from the sun. Genes play a big role in your body’s vitamin D levels.  Read on to learn how to …

Building Up Iron: Check your genes to see how iron affects your health

Hemochromatosis is a fairly common genetic disease that causes iron to build up in the body. Knowing that you carry the genetic variants for hemochromatosis can literally add years to your life since you can prevent the buildup of iron through giving blood. This is a personal cause for me, and getting the word out …

Thiamine – Genetic Variations in Need for B1

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…

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

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. Like most nutrients, our genes play a role in how …

Your need for riboflavin (B2): MTHFR, and other genetic variants

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) is a water-soluble vitamin that is a cofactor 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 in …

Genetics of Biotin Deficiency

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

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

  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.

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, …