Histamine Intolerance & Genetics: Check Your 23andMe Raw Data

histamine intolerance genetics

When your body has too much histamine, it can cause symptoms known as histamine intolerance. This can be due to excess production of histamine by your body or not being able to break down histamine from foods very well.  OR… both! Genetics plays a…

How natural supplements can change circadian gene expression

Did you know that some supplements change the expression of your core circadian clock genes? Your core circadian rhythm genes are foundational to your health, and some supplements alter that rhythm. I find the idea of using natural supplements to alter your circadian gene…

Snips about SNPs: Taste Receptors

Do you love dark chocolate and coffee? Both of them have bitter flavors that some people can taste – and some people cannot!  We have a bunch of different genes that code for different taste receptors. So different genetic variants of those taste receptor…

Ancestral Diet: Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Butter will give you a heart attack! Only cook with Crisco, vegetable oil, canola oil, olive oil. Wait — everyone is switching back to saturated fats. Olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil,  — cold expeller pressed, extra virgin hand-squeezed oil from pine nuts grown in…

BChE – Pesticides, Parkinson’s, and Potatoes

The BCHE gene codes for the butyrylcholinesterase enzyme. The BChE enzyme is found in the plasma of the blood. It is a cholinesterase which breaks apart choline esters, such as acetylcholine. Acetylcholinesterase is a similar enzyme that is responsible for breaking down the neurotransmitter,…

Mushrooms intolerance and your genes

Mushroom intolerance genes

I love mushrooms and can eat them in abundance. But I know a lot of people hate mushrooms – perhaps with a genetic reason… Mushroom Intolerance and Crohn’s The study, Mushroom intolerance: a novel diet-gene interaction in Crohn’s disease, was published in the British…

Turning up the internal heat for weight loss- UCP1 genetic variants

The dream for overweight people: just turn up the internal heat and naturally burn off the extra fat.It turns out that genetically some people do have more active ‘internal heat’ and they actually are burning off more energy all the time.

Should I Take Aspirin to Prevent Heart Disease?

Everyone knows that aspirin protects against heart disease, right? Well, it turns out that aspirin may only protect some people from heart disease, and for others, it can actually slightly increase the risk of heart disease.  It all seems to depend on a variant of the…

Vitamin K: CYP4F2 and VKORC1 Genetic Variants

Vitamin K1 is a fat-soluble vitamin that is needed by our bodies to synthesize the proteins responsible for blood coagulation.  Without vitamin K1, also known as phylloquinone, bleeding is hard to control.  We get vitamin K1 from eating green plants, as phylloquinone is a part…

FGF21 Gene Variant: Increased Sweet Consumption

Is it possible to eat more sweets and have a decrease in fat? A new study recently published in the journal Cell shows a genetic link to having a sweet tooth, but this sweet tooth gene comes with a nice twist: it causes a…