How Well Does YOUR Body Convert Beta-Carotene to Vitamin A?

How Well Do YOU ConvertBeta-Carotene to Vitamin A-

Everyone knows that carrots and sweet potatoes are great sources of vitamin A, right?  Turns out it isn’t that straightforward for everyone.  The beta-carotene in orange fruits and vegetables has to be converted into the form of vitamin A that our bodies can use, and genetics plays a huge role in how well we do …

The Link Between Vitamin D, MS, and Your Genes

Many have drawn the conclusion that there must be a link between Vitamin D and multiple sclerosis based on the distribution of cases at certain latitudes.  [link] A study in 2009 titled “Expression of the Multiple Sclerosis-Associated MHC Class II Allele HLA-DRB1*1501 Is Regulated by Vitamin D” discusses the connection between MS and Vitamin D. …

COMT: Genetic Influence on Heart Disease and Interaction with Aspirin, Vitamin E

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Everyone knows that aspirin protects against heart disease, right? Well, it turns out that is only true for some of us, and for others it can actually slightly increase the risk of heart disease.  It all depends on a COMT polymorphism. Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) is the gene that codes for an enzyme that breaks down dopamine, …

Vitamin D Levels and Genetic Variations

Vitamin D Levels and Your Genes

Vitamin D, the vitamin that is not really a vitamin… A prohormone that is synthesized in the skin using cholesterol in a chemical reaction with UVB radiation from the sun, vitamin D is essential to many processes in the body. Vitamins are defined as substances that are necessary to obtain from the diet; vitamin D doesn’t meet …