Foods & Vitamins

genetics and estrogen metabolism

Folate & MTHFR

The MTHFR gene codes for a key enzyme in the folate cycle. MTHFR variants can decrease the conversion to methyl folate.

Vitamin D

Your vitamin D levels are impacted by sun exposure - and your genes. Learn more about how vitamin D is made in the body and how your genetic variants impact your levels

Vitamin A

Genetics plays a huge role in how well you convert the carotenes into retinol. Some people are great at converting beta-carotene in their diet into the retinol form. Others carry genetic variants that significantly impair that conversion.

Vitamin B12

There are several genes that can influence your absorption, transport, and need for vitamin B12. Some people need higher amounts of B12, and some people thrive on different forms of B12. Take a look at your genetic data to see if you should up your intake of B12.

Hunter-Gatherer vs. Farmer

Our ancient ancestors lived much differently than we do today. They were hunter-gatherers, living off of fish, meat, and plant foods that they gathered. A huge shift took place when those hunter-gatherers began farming, growing grains and storing them so that there would be food available all year. Learn if you carry the hunter- gatherer or farmer gene variant.

histamine intolerance genetics

Histamine Intolerance

Chronic headaches, sinus drainage, itchy hives, problems staying asleep, and heartburn -- all of these symptoms can be caused by the body not breaking down histamine very well. Your genetic variants could be causing you to be more sensitive to foods high in histamine. Check your genetic data to see if this could be at the root of your symptoms.

Mushroom intolerance genes

Mushroom Intolerance

Mushrooms contain a healthy antioxidant called ergothioneine. But for people with a OCTN1 genetic variant, this antioxidant can be too much of a good thing, leading to intestinal problems. Check your genetic data to see if you carry this mushroom intolerance variant.

CBS variants and low sulfur

This article digs into the high quality research on the common CBS genetic variants to determine if there is any evidence suggesting everyone should be on a low-sulfur diet. Read through the research and check your genetic data.

Choline

An essential nutrient, your need for choline from foods is greatly influenced by your genes. Find out whether you should be adding more choline into your diet.

Thiamine

Also known as vitamin B1, thiamine is essential for energy production and brain function. Learn how your genes influence your need for thiamine.

Caffeine + Carbs

For some people, stacking caffeine with carbohydrates will raise their blood glucose levels more than just carbs alone. Learn whether you carry this genetic combo and what to do about it.

Fish for DHA & EPA

We all vary in how well we convert the plant-based omega-3 oils into the DHA and EPA that our body needs. Some people are really poor at this conversion and thus should either eat more fish or consider taking a DHA / EPA supplement.

Tyramine intolerance

Foods high in tyramine can cause a hypertensive crisis for people on MAOA inhibitors - and possibly for people who genetically have impaired tyramine metabolism. Learn more about the foods high in this biogenic amine and check to see if you carry the genetic variants that put you at risk.

Alcohol Metabolism

Genes play a big role in how quickly you break down alcohol and how fast you eliminate acetaldehyde from your system. Check to see whether you have typical 'drinking genes'.