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Gut-Brain Axis Diseases

From eNewsletter 2/22/2023

DID YOU KNOW that coenzyme Q10, which is produced in our mitochondria, protects our cells from dying? Coenzyme Q10 deficiency may lead fatigue-related issues and muscle weakness. Statin medication is known to deplete CoQ10, so it should not come as a surprise that one of its side effects is muscle weakness. A deficiency of coenzyme Q10 is also one of the first signs of aging and can occur as early as the early 20s, according to a study in Nature Cell Biology. Can’t we simply get this substance in with our food? Yes, but coenzyme Q10 does not exist in copious amounts in most foods. The short list in order of amount?

  1. Organ meats

  2. Fatty fish

  3. Other animal proteins

We do not recommend consuming too many organ meats, but fatty fish and other animal protein, certainly. Of course, supplementation is an option and is a must if taking statin medication.

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Gut-Brain Axis Diseases

Steve: A study from last week's JAMA Psychiatry sent a shot across the bow to the allopathic medical community that the gut-brain axis and its role in gastrointestinal diseases and psychiatric disorders can no longer be ignored, especially when it comes to the importance of genetic screening in preventing these diseases. The researchers investigated the shared genetic etiology between gastrointestinal tract diseases and psychiatric disorders and aimed to identify shared genetic pathways. The specific diseases they focused on were 4 gastrointestinal tract diseases (inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, peptic ulcer disease, and gastroesophageal reflux disease) and 6 psychiatric disorders (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and anorexia nervosa). Of the four genes found to have the most influential connection to the aforementioned diseases and disorders, we were elated to discover that FUT2 was one of them. FUT2 has been part of our Pure Genomics genetic wellness screening from the beginning. Not surprisingly, mutations of the FUT2 gene are linked to gut flora dysbiosis and reduced vitamin B12 absorption. The authors conclude: "these findings not only support the shared genetic basis underlying the gut-brain axis but also have important implications for intervention and treatment targets of these diseases simultaneously". Nice to know they get it now. We can certainly help recommend treatments ;)

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