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 …

Adiponectin levels, food choices, and genetics

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Adiponectin, a hormone discovered in the 1990’s, is secreted by adipose (fat) tissue.  It is an anti-inflammatory protein, protective against the effects of low-grade inflammation that are associated with obesity.  Although it is made in fat tissue, those who have more fat tissue usually have lower adiponectin levels.  It is thought that the lower adiponectin levels (and …

Creating your own genetics “reports” for free

Create your own genetics report in Excel using your 23andMe raw data file.

Reading through some Facebook questions the other day, it hit me that most people are not keeping track of their genetic information for themselves.  There are so many recommendation for ‘reports’ that you can order for $19 or $50 or much more.  A lot of these reports just color your SNPs red or green, which …

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 …

Genetics of Grinding Your Teeth

The Genetic Polymorphisms involved in Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

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 polymorphism! The study, Genetic polymorphisms in the serotoninergic system are associated with circadian manifestations of Bruxism, looked into several polymorphisms in …

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. …

BPA: Genetics and Detoxification

Detox BPA

BPA, a chemical found in some plastics, has been linked to a variety of effects on people including: obesity, insulin resistance, and epigenetic effects on the fetus.  It is everywhere in our food supply; 92% of people had BPA in their urine. [ref] My question today…  does BPA affect everyone the same way or do genetic …

Weight Loss Genetics – DHEA

Weight Loss and Your Genes –

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a natural steroid that  tends to peak around age 25 and drop off rapidly in older people.This steroid is secreted by the adrenal cortex, and it is involved in a lipid (fat) catabolism.  Some studies have shown that DHEA reduces fat accumulation in mice fed a high fat diet. A recent (June 2016) …

Empowering YOU to Understand Your Genes

Genetic Lifehacks - Information on your genes that you can put into action today.

Welcome to Genetic LifeHacks! The whole point of this blog is to share current research on genetics that you can actually use, breaking down the science into something that you can apply.  Personalized medicine and health information based on your genes will be mainstream…  someday.  Why not make that ‘someday’ become today?  A lot of information …