Medium chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency

Does your blood sugar crash when you don’t eat for a day? Do you find that coconut oil in your coffee doesn’t work well for you? It could be that your body has trouble using medium-chain fatty acids for energy. What is medium-chain acyl-CoA…

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…

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…

Adiponectin levels, food choices, and genetics

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 adipose tissue, those who have more fat tissue usually have lower…

MTHFR C677T: Benefits of this mutation

Much has been written about the MTHFR C677T variant, with websites and Facebook groups named after it and proclaiming doom for all who have it.  This was actually one of the first variants that I had heard about and was one of the reasons…

Diabetes and your genes – TCF7L2 snp

There’s a new study out  on the connection between the TCF7L2 gene, diet, and diabetes. I think it is important if you have type 2 diabetes, or if it runs in your family, to understand where YOUR genetic susceptibility lies. There are several different…

Adiponectin levels, glucose regulation, and your genes

Adiponectin, a hormone secreted from adipose (fat) tissue, is involved in glucose regulation.  Studies show that low levels of adiponectin correlate with insulin resistance and diabetes.  Interestingly, although adiponectin is secreted from adipose tissue, levels of the hormone are generally lower in obese individuals….

MTHFR Polymorphisms – Beyond 677

Going beyond MTHFR 677 and 1298 If you are just getting started with researching your MTHFR polymorphisms, you may want to start with some background information.  I have a list of resources on the MTHFR page that you might find helpful. MTHFR is a…

Coffee: Is it right for your genes?

Want to see your genetic data in the Genetic Variants section below? Select your raw genome .txt file. Privacy first! Your data stays on your computer – nothing is transferred over the internet. (Please do not use on a public computer.) ~ Clear Your…

Low Histamine Salsa Recipe

On a low histamine diet and craving salsa and tortilla chips? Here is a quick recipe for a low histamine salsa using roasted red peppers instead of tomatoes. Low Histamine Salsa: Roasted red peppers (2) 1/2 onion, diced 1/2 fresh red or yellow pepper,…