Alex Swanson M.S. | Nutrition Genome
What is the Best Diet for APOE-e4?

What is the Best Diet for APOE-e4?

Mental Health Awareness Month is observed in May to increase the awareness of those struggling with mental health. Each week this month, we will be exploring how to use the Nutrition Genome Report for mental health.  APOE is one of the most compelling genes due to...
How Your COMT Genotype Affects Polyphenol Intake

How Your COMT Genotype Affects Polyphenol Intake

While COMT is most known for understanding the variation of dopamine’s baseline level and metabolic breakdown, a lesser-known connection is how each genotype affects polyphenol intake. Multiple studies1,2 in men and women have found that green tea polyphenols...
The APOE Gene and DHA Requirements

The APOE Gene and DHA Requirements

Do you take fish oil? Did you know that your APOE genotype may determine the response to DHA supplementation? Dr. Rhonda Patrick published a study with a hypothesis on why APOE-e4 carriers respond well to the DHA present in fish and fish roe but do not respond as well...
The LZTFL1 gene and COVID-19

The LZTFL1 gene and COVID-19

U.S. health experts are warning a highly contagious Covid omicron variant, called BA.2, could soon lead to another uptick in domestic coronavirus cases. BA.2 is considered to be about 50% to 60% more transmissible than omicron, but it does not appear to be more...
The MTNR1B Gene and Melatonin

The MTNR1B Gene and Melatonin

In the Nutrition Genome Report, a new gene was added in November 2021 called MTNR1B. This gene encodes for the melatonin receptor 1B. In humans, melatonin release starts soon after sundown, peaks between 2 am and 4 am, and decreases gradually. However, in...
How to Use Adaptogens to Enhance Your Genetics

How to Use Adaptogens to Enhance Your Genetics

Evidence of human adaptation can be found up and down the genome; a unique tapestry of collected stories and struggles of your ancestors over thousands of years. Whether your ancestors adapted to dairy consumption 4,000 years ago, a higher carbohydrate intake from...
Can DNA-Based Nutrition Testing Help Infertility?

Can DNA-Based Nutrition Testing Help Infertility?

Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant (conceive) after one year of trying. For the last few decades, the rate of infertility in the United States has increased. It has been estimated that between 16 and 25% of all couples have serious difficulty...
The Epigenetic Diet that Reduces Aging

The Epigenetic Diet that Reduces Aging

A study published in April of 2021 set out to prove that epigenetic interventions – including diet, sleep, exercise, and breathing exercises – could reduce the DNA methylation clock (DNAmAge) that has been found to predict all-cause mortality and multiple...
The Symptoms and Solutions to Low and High Estrogen

The Symptoms and Solutions to Low and High Estrogen

Estrogen and progesterone have tremendous influence over numerous physiological actions. One of the most common associations with imbalanced hormones is the effect on mood. This can be debilitating for some women when their hormones are bouncing between extremes. You...