Digesting Carbohydrates: Amylase variants

Carbohydrate digestion begins in the mouth with an enzyme called amylase.  Saliva mixes with your food as you chew it, and the amylase in saliva begins breaking down carbohydrates into simple sugars.  Amylase is also produced by the pancreas and used for further breaking…

Increased Inflammation and IL-17A Genetic Variants

Articles about ‘inflammation’ seem to be everywhere these days, and inflammation seems to be blamed for everything from heart disease to mood disorders to obesity. But how does this somewhat nebulous idea of too much inflammation tie into our genes?  It seems that some…

Color TV has made us fat: melatonin, genetics, and light at night

Color TV has made us fat! Nope, not just because of the commercials advertising Taco Bell at night nor the fact that we are laying on our couches watching those commercials.  The flickering blue light that can be seen each evening pouring out of…

‘MTHFR Coffee’ with Eggs and Kale for Breakfast

Quick post this morning to recommend a good podcast to anyone looking into MTHFR variants.  Chris Masterjohn put out a well balanced and well-researched podcast a few weeks ago titled Living with MTHFR.  For those of you who don’t have two hours to listen…

Saturated Fat and Your Genes

There has been a decades-long debate about which type of fat is best: saturated fat or polyunsaturated fat. Those in the paleo and ketogenic world are quick to tout the benefits of saturated fat; the American Heart Association promotes polyunsaturated fats[ref]. And most people…

Too much of a good thing: Mushrooms intolerance and your genes

I love mushrooms and can eat them in abundance – especially sauteed in a little butter with some salt sprinkled on them!  Yum!  So I was fascinated to read a study that linked mushrooms, a certain gene variant, and Crohn’s disease symptoms. The study, Mushroom…

Carbohydrate metabolism: Your genes play a role in insulin and blood glucose levels

Sometimes the things that everyone seems to accept as gospel don’t always hold true when researchers actually look into them, especially in regards to nutrition. Take the glycemic index for example: Around since the 1980’s, accepted dogma holds that white bread will very quickly…

Interaction between high fat diet, blood pressure, and your genes

Wondering if you should cut down on red meat and fat to lower your blood pressure? According to a new study, it could depend on your genes. A recent study in the Journal of the American Heart Association illustrates once again the interaction between…

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…

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…