Genetics and Anxiety

Did you know that about 1 in 5 people will deal with an anxiety disorder at some point in life? From generalized anxiety to separation anxiety to panic disorder – there are underlying physiological and genetic factors involved. This article covers genetic variants related…

Dopamine Fasting: Genetics, Addictive Behavior, and Internet Usage

Our brains are constantly being stimulated by modern technology, causing people to feel distracted, anxious, and unmotivated. It seems like we have a fear of boredom in our ultra -stimulating world. Do we all need to take a break? Genetics plays a role in…

Choline – An Essential Nutrient

Choline is an essential nutrient that a lot of us don’t get enough of. In fact, the majority of the US population doesn’t get enough choline on a daily basis. Insufficient choline can impact mental sharpness, heart health, fatty liver disease, and more. [ref]…

COMT – A gene that affects your neurotransmitter levels

Having trouble with supplements containing methyl groups? Wondering why your neurotransmitters are out of balance? It could be due to your COMT genetic variants. This important enzyme is tasked with breaking down neurotransmitters, such as dopamine. What does the COMT gene do? The COMT gene…

The Interaction Between BDNF and Serotonin

We are truly intricate and complex  —  a biological system — and genetic variants often don’t have a huge impact on their own. Instead, the impact comes in the combination of gene variants or the interaction of a variant with the environment (toxins, stress,…

Dopamine Receptor Genes

Dopamine is a powerful player in our cognitive function – impacting mood, movement, and motivation. Genetic variants in the dopamine receptors influence addiction, ADHD, neurological diseases, depression, psychosis, and aggression. Please keep in mind as you read this article that I’m not a neuroscientist…

Tryptophan: Building serotonin and melatonin

For a lot of people, tryptophan brings to mind napping on the couch after eating a huge amount of Thanksgiving turkey. (Turns out that it isn’t really true that the tryptophan in turkey makes you sleepy – but the post Thanksgiving dinner nap phenomenon…

A little lithium orotate and B12 make the world a happier place… for some people.

Let me cut to the chase: – for some people, supplementing with lithium orotate helps with anxiety, mood, and anger issues, – for others, lithium orotate supplements will have little or no noticeable effect on mood. Lithium orotate Before going any further into this,…

Opioid Receptor Genetic Variants

Your body makes it’s own, natural opioids as a way to regulate pain, reward, and addictive behaviors. One example is the endorphin rush after a hard workout — a runner’s high.  This is also how the body shuts down too much pain. Genetic variants,…

Resilience: Genetic Variants Involved in Surviving Childhood Trauma

Exposure to childhood trauma, such as exposure to abuse, violence, or repeated stress, can have a long-lasting effect. Adults who were exposed to childhood trauma have higher rates of depression, PTSD, suicide, and anxiety disorders. The question that researchers have attempted to answer is: Why…