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 ... Read more
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. 
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 ... Read more
MTHFR and Depression - If you are dealing with depression, you are not alone. It is estimated that 322 million people are suffering from ... Read more
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. ... Read more
Riboflavin - Riboflavin (vitamin B2) is a water-soluble vitamin that is a cofactor for many enzymes in the body. It is vitally ... Read more
Genetics of Biotin Deficiency - Biotin, also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H, is a cofactor that aids in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, ... Read more
NAD+ article including human studies on NR and NMN NAD+ Reversing Aging? Overview of NR and NMN - Nicotinamide riboside (NR) and nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) are two supplements that have taken the longevity and anti-aging world by storm. ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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.  ... Read more
Hemochromatosis – Genes involved - Your body tightly regulates the amount of iron that it absorbs. Too much iron can cause a lot of damage! ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 ... Read more