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March 22, 2021
How Genes Influence Our Response To Different Foods

Consider the following scenarios, Two friends eat very similar types of high carb foods- one gains weight, and the other does not Two individuals are lean. But, one of them is diabetic, and the other is not Two people eat similar types of foods, but one of them has vitamin D deficiency while the other […]

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March 16, 2021
How Genes Influence Your Vitamin B2 Levels

Vitamin B2: An Introduction Vitamin B2, also called riboflavin, is an essential nutrient needed for human health. It is one of the eight B vitamins. All the B vitamins are important for good health. Vitamin B2 is a water-soluble vitamin. Being a water-soluble vitamin, it can be excreted out of the body easily. Your body […]

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March 15, 2021
How Genes Influence Your Preference For Cilantro

What is Cilantro? Cilantro is a herb popularly used in cooking. The names cilantro and coriander are commonly used interchangeably. Both cilantro and coriander come from the same plant species, Coriandrum sativum. The nutrient profiles of the plant and seed are different. In North America, cilantro refers to the leaves and stem, while coriander refers […]

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March 10, 2021
How Genes Influence Your Adiponectin Levels

What Is Adiponectin? Adiponectin is a protein hormone secreted primarily by adipocytes or fat cells. Adipocytes are found in the adipose tissue. Certain other cell types in the muscle and brain can also produce this hormone. This hormone plays a role in the metabolism of lipids and glucose. Adiponectin also influences the body’s response to […]

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March 10, 2021
How Genes Influence Your Body Mass Index

What Is Body Mass Index? Body mass index or (BMI) is an indicator of your body fat, which is calculated based on your height and weight. This number is used to classify individuals into different groups – optimum weight, underweight, overweight, or obese. BMI can be used as a screening test rather than a diagnostic […]

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March 8, 2021
How Genes Influence Your Risk For Nicotine Dependence

Nicotine Dependence: Introduction Nicotine is a nitrogen-containing chemical and is a highly addictive substance. It is mainly found in tobacco and is primarily consumed by inhaling the smoke of tobacco cigarettes. Nicotine produces ‘pleasurable and pleasing’ effects on the brain. With regular smoking, you tend to get used to these positive feelings. Going without a […]

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March 7, 2021
How Genes Influence Your Response To Mediterranean Diet

What Is Mediterranean Diet? The traditional Mediterranean diet includes the healthy diet followed by people from countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, including Italy, Greece, France, Spain, and several other countries in the 1960s. The Mediterranean diet proposed now is inspired by the traditional dietary pattern followed in these countries. The modern Mediterranean diet is recommended […]

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March 6, 2021
How Genes Influence Your Risk For Alcohol Dependence

What Is Alcohol Dependence? Alcohol dependence is also referred to as alcoholism or alcohol use disorder(AUD). Your body becomes dependent on alcohol when you consume too much alcohol over a period of time. Your body becomes addicted to alcohol, and you end up having severe withdrawal symptoms without it. Alcohol becomes an important thing in […]

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March 5, 2021
How Genes Influence Your Lycopene Levels

What Is Lycopene? Lycopene is a carotenoid that gives bright red and pink fruits and vegetables their characteristic color. Carotenoids are pigments found in various plants, bacteria, algae, and fungi. They are responsible for producing the colors in these organisms. Lycopene is not synthesized in the human body. It needs to be supplemented through diet. […]

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March 4, 2021
Book Review: A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes

Rating: 4 / 5 About the Author Adam David Rutherford is a British geneticist, author, and broadcaster. He was an audio-visual content editor for the journal Nature for a decade, and is a frequent contributor to the newspaper The Guardian. He hosts the BBC Radio 4 programme Inside Science, has produced several science documentaries and […]

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