MTHFR and Depression

If you are dealing with depression, you are not alone. It is estimated that 322 million people are suffering from depression. While there are many different causes of depression, research shows that diet and nutrient intake affects the risk of depression. A recently published…

Riboflavin

Riboflavin (vitamin B2) is a water-soluble vitamin that is a cofactor for many enzymes in the body. It is vitally important for energy production in the mitochondria and is also a key component of your body’s detoxification system. This article digs into the genetic…

NAD+ Reversing Aging? Overview of NR and NMN

NAD+ article including human studies on NR and NMN

Nicotinamide riboside (NR) and nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) are two supplements that have taken the longevity and anti-aging world by storm. With animal studies showing exciting results including reversal of age-related diseases, these supplements are an exciting glimpse into the future of reversing aging. Just…

Tryptophan: Building block for 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,…

Lithium: A mineral that affects mood, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, and telomeres

Researchers found that Texas counties with higher levels of lithium in their groundwater had less of an increase in Alzheimer’s rates compared with counties that had lower levels of lithium. This isn’t a total surprise since previous studies had linked lithium to a decreased risk of dementia, but it is a great confirmation at a large scale population level. 

Shining Genetic Light on Your Vitamin D Levels

Vitamin D is essential to so many processes in the body! It isn’t actually a vitamin at all, but a prohormone that is synthesized in the skin using cholesterol in a chemical reaction with UVB radiation from the sun. Most people think of vitamin…

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. Knowledge is power here. Knowing that you carry the genetic variants for hemochromatosis can literally add years to your life since you can prevent the buildup of iron…

Thiamine – Genetic Variations in Need for B1

Thiamine (vitamin B1) is a water-soluble vitamin that serves as a cofactor in the metabolism of carbohydrates, branch chain amino acids, and fatty acids. It is essential, meaning you have to get it from food. Not to mention, ATP production, used in every cell…

Supplements for Methylation and More…

I have ended up a cabinet full of bottles of all kinds of supplements!  Every time I learn about something new — methylfolate for MTHFR polymorphisms, hydroxycobalamin for MTRR polymorphisms, vitamin A because I don’t convert beta carotene, etc – off I go to order…