Vitamins & Minerals

Our genes make us unique in lots of ways — one of which is how we absorb and utilize vitamins and minerals from our food.

Take, for example, eating carrots to get your daily vitamin A. Some people are great at converting beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A in vegetables,  into the form of vitamin A that the body uses. Other people carry genetic variants that make that conversion process difficult.

Instead of wondering, you can simply check your genetic data to see which form of vitamin A is best for you.


Recent articles on Vitamins and Minerals:

Genetic Variants that Decrease Vitamin B6 - Vitamin B6 is an important co-factor in hundreds of different enzymatic reactions. [ref] Low levels of B6 are linked to ...

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Tryptophan: Building block for serotonin and melatonin - Tryptophan is an amino acid that the body uses to make serotonin and melatonin. Genetic variants can impact the amount of tryptophan that is used for serotonin. This can influence mood, sleep, neurotransmitters, and immune response.
A little lithium orotate and B12 make the world a happier place… for some people. - For some people, low-dose, supplemental lithium orotate is a game changer when combined with vitamin B12. But other people may have little to no response. The difference may be in your genes.
Should you increase your vitamin C intake? Genetics and vitamin C absorption - Vitamin C is often the first supplement most of us reach for when getting sick. Whether upping the OJ or ...

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How do your genes influence your vitamin B12 levels? - Vitamin B12 is essential for your health! It is a cofactor for biological reactions such as creating the myelin sheath ...

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TRPV1: More than just a spicy food receptor - Some people thrive on spicy foods — eating the ghost pepper salsa or ordering the ‘nuclear’ hot wings. Are these ...

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Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), MTHFR, and Genetics - Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, is an essential cofactor for many biological pathways. Learn how to check your genetic raw data to see if you may need more riboflavin.
How Well Do You Convert Beta-Carotene to Vitamin A? - Genetics plays a huge role in how well you convert beta-carotene into vitamin A! Learn how to check your genes to see how you convert beta-carotene into retinol.
Do you carry the Hunter-Gatherer or the Farmer Genetic Variant -   Oh, no!  You've reached the end of the Free Preview of this Member's Only Article. Love what you're reading? ...

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Choline – An Essential Nutrient - 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.
Short-chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency - Have you tried fasting or a perhaps a ketogenic diet and felt horrible?  If so, one reason could be found ...

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Genetics of Biotin Deficiency - Biotin, also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H, is a cofactor that aids in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, ...

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Glucose Response: Caffeine and Carbs interact with Your Genes - An interesting study in Nature titled Genetic Polymorphisms in ADORA2A and CYP1A2 Influence Caffeine’s Effect on Postprandial Glycaemia (open access!) ...

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Ancestral Diet: Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids Impact the FADS1 gene - At one point, researchers thought that butter will give you a heart attack. Therefore, we should only cook with Crisco, ...

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BChE – Pesticides, Parkinson’s, and Potatoes - The BCHE gene codes for the butyrylcholinesterase enzyme. The BChE enzyme is found in the plasma of the blood. It ...

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Mushroom intolerance genes Mushroom intolerance and your genes - I love mushrooms and can eat them in abundance. But I know a lot of people dislike mushrooms – perhaps ...

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Is intermittent fasting right for you? - Internet docs and nutritional gurus promoting fasting as a way to lose weight and get healthy. The recommendations are often ...

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Mediterranean Diet and Your Genes - This website hopes to educate the reader on how a person's genes make a difference in the individual body's response ...

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Vitamin K: CYP4F2 and VKORC1 Genetic Variants - Vitamin K1 is a fat-soluble vitamin that is needed by our bodies to synthesize the proteins responsible for blood coagulation.  ...

Read moreVitamin K: CYP4F2 and VKORC1 Genetic Variants

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 ...

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Saturated Fat and Your Genes - There has been a decades-long debate about which type of fat is best: saturated fat vs polyunsaturated fat. Those in ...

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Carbohydrate metabolism: Your genes play a role in insulin and blood glucose levels - Sometimes the things that everyone seems to accept as gospel don’t always hold true when researchers actually look into them, ...

Read moreCarbohydrate metabolism: Your genes play a role in insulin and blood glucose levels

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 ...

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Vitamin C and Your Genes - Like most nutrients, our genes play a role in how vitamin C is absorbed, transported, and used by the body.  ...

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Vitamin E, Genetics, and Inflammation - Vitamin E is an antioxidant that is often promoted as a supplement that prevents cardiovascular disease and that prevents the oxidation of ...

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Histamine intolerance and the methylation cycle - Histamine is a molecule that plays many roles in the body. It is involved in allergic reactions, plays a role ...

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The Link Between Vitamin D, MS, and Your Genes - Many researchers have speculated that there must be a link between Vitamin D and multiple sclerosis (MS) based on the ...

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