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James McGivern

James McGivern
James McGivern is a biologist with over five years of research experience in molecular biology and genetics. James completed a Masters degree at Florida State University in 2017, where he studied the relationship between genes and the traits they affect.

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What's a Folate? And, Why Should I Care?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 27, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by James McGivern 2 min read time

There's a lot of buzz around folate – an essential micronutrient and common supplement – and as with any hot topic, it's sometimes difficult to navigate all the different claims and information. We do know for sure that folate plays a role in health from everyday protein metabolism to pregnancy and fetal development, so understanding how it affects you, and the part genetics play, can be a big help in understanding your health.



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The Evolution of Corporate Wellness to Corporate Genetics Programs

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 9, 2017 10:41:54 AM / by James McGivern posted in Corporate Wellness Genetic Testing 2 min read time

Why Corporate Wellness Programs:

Corporate Health & Wellness Programs are organization-wide policies designed to promote and support healthy behaviors. They include group activities, education, coaching, medical screening, gym memberships and more. Personal health assessments and testing can identify people at risk of developing chronic disease. In a well-implemented program, individuals are then encouraged to adopt personalized care-management programs through the use of incentives.

When done responsibly, and with respect for employee privacy, genetic testing can provide valuable insight into the health and fitness of the recipient.

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Are Browned Bananas Good For You...?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 26, 2017 10:27:14 AM / by James McGivern posted in Diet & Eating 2 min read time

For those of us who like them, bananas are a great source of nutrients. Rich in antioxidants, potassium, and vitamins B6 and C, bananas are also a good source of fiber! Fiber is often under-appreciated – far from simply helping to ease digestion, fiber also has many health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol, protecting against stroke, and lowering blood pressure. Different types of fiber can also nourish the good bacteria we have living in our intestines; bananas are rich in a type of fiber called resistant starch, which passes through our system undigested, and benefits bacterial allies in our gut.


Don't throw those browned bananas away:

The problem many of us have with bananas is how quickly they ripen – especially bananas from the organic aisle. Did you know that as bananas ripen and change color, their nutrient profile changes as well?


Regardless of color, bananas are a good source of potassium and vitamins, but as a banana gets browner, its concentration of antioxidants increases. Eating a brown banana can boost your antioxidant intake, helping your body protect itself against inflammation and free-radicals.


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COMT Gene, Worriers and Warriors

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 12, 2017 4:22:41 PM / by James McGivern posted in Genetic Testing, Allele's 2 min read time

Many of us live fast-paced and stressful lives:

From the classroom to the workplace, it's not uncommon for people to describe their working-lives as a pressure cooker. Some people handle this challenge well – even thrive on it – while others may experience burn-out, including negative physical and mental side-effects.


These two personality types – commonly dubbed “worriers and warriors” – made it into the spotlight over the last couple of years, as we begin to look at how these pressures affect us in an increasingly fast paced world.

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