Diabetes and your genes – TCF7L2 snp

See my previous article on Type 2 Diabetes for other SNPs associated with the condition. A new study came out this week on a genetic polymorphism and its association with diabetes.  I think it is important if you have type 2 diabetes, or if it runs…

Green Smoothie Genes – Oxalates in Your Diet

Green Smoothie Genes for Oxalates

Green smoothies have been a health fad for quite a while now. Most people rave about the health benefits of sneaking lots of spinach and other leafy greens into a delicious tasting smoothie. But not all people benefit from large amounts of spinach due…

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?

Coffee — is it good or bad for you? Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, second only to tea! It is sometimes controversial due to its caffeine content. Large, population-wide studies have shown many benefits of coffee consumption including decreasing the…

Low Histamine Salsa Recipe

Salsa without tomatoes?  Yes!  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, diced small can of diced green chiles…

Histamine Intolerance & Genetics: Check Your 23andMe Raw Data

histamine intolerance genetics

Histamine that is out of balance, overwhelming the body’s ability to break it down, can cause symptoms known as histamine intolerance. Genetics plays a big role in how well your body breaks down histamine, and you can use your genetic data to figure out…

Low Histamine Smoothie Bowl

  Trying to eat a low histamine diet can quickly become boring!  Here is a recipe for a smoothie bowl that I like as quick breakfast.  Somehow making the smoothie a little thicker and eating it with toppings makes it more satisfying – at…

Fruit and Veggie Diets – Effect of GSTM1

Your mom always said to eat your veggies.  Turns out that she may be right!  Of course, there are genetic factors involved that influence how your body responds.  Some of us may need to eat more veggies than others to get the same effect. The…

How Well Do You Convert Beta-Carotene to Vitamin A?

Everyone knows that carrots and sweet potatoes are great sources of vitamin A, right? Well…  it 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 (retinol) that our…