Are Phytonutrients The Secret To Longevity?

Phytonutrients pay a key role in protecting you from harmful diseases, detoxifying carcinogens, and strengthening our immune system. But what are they, where can we find them, and are you getting enough in your diet? This blog could help you live healthier, and for longer!

Pears So Delicious… It’s Scary

Most of us can recognize a tasty pear in any grocery store, but what do you really know about these fruits? Well, pears are actually members of the rose family of plants. Ever heard of Rosaceae? That’s right. They are related to those lovely roses you see on Valentine’s Day. The Rosaceae family also includes (but is not limited to) apples, apricots, cherries, peaches, plums, raspberries, strawberries, and even almonds!

Why do Jamaicans dominate sprinting and East Africans dominate distance running?

In most sports, there are typically one or two nations that are synonymous with success: New Zealand with Rugby; Germany or Brazil in football; the USA in basketball, baseball, and American football. Team sports are difficult to analyze from a genetics perspective. Running however, is a pure and natural sport. So given the incredibly low barrier to entry in running, global competition should really be fierce…..except it’s not.

Pumpkin: Don’t just carve it, EAT it!

Pumpkins are well known for their use in Halloween art and decorations. Outside of this annual holiday, most people don’t know much of anything about them. Let’s take a look. Pumpkin is an annual vine, also known as a “trailing plant,” that can be grown in most altitudes. There are 3 edible parts of the pumpkin: the seeds, the inner fruit, and its greens, each having their own beneficial nutritional profile. However, most pumpkins are sold without the leaves, so we’ll focus on the fruit and seeds here.

Breaking Genetics News on Sprint and Power Performance

Here at FitnessGenes, we always want to keep you and our scientific analysis up-to-date! Following the release of recent research, we have updated our ACVR1B gene report. Could this mean good news for you and your power performance?

Buckwheat: Profile of a Superfood

Buckwheat is a food you may or may not know about, but most people relate it to cereals or mistake it for a grain. In reality, buckwheat is actually a fruit seed related to rhubarb and sorrel. This makes buckwheat an incredible substitute for people trying to avoid grains or for those who are sensitive to wheat and other gluten containing grains.

The Training and Diet of an Olympic Rower

Dutch Olympic Rower and Finalist in the Men's Coxless Four in Rio 2016 has taken a FitnessGenes test and says this about the information provided in his Action Blueprint: "When you get confirmation and have the knowledge, you can make better decisions. At the highest level, it’s all about making the right decisions, and knowing where you can find the gains. For me, because I’m smaller than the other guys, I need to work smarter and more efficiently, so the FitnessGenes test tells me exactly where to focus to make better decisions".

Dark Chocolate: “Food of the Gods”

Dark chocolate comes from a cocoa bean known as Theobroma Cacao, which literally translates to “Food of the Gods.” The name seems fitting as the ancient Incas, Mayans, and Aztecs believed it to be a source of power. Their belief in this was due to its use as food, as well as a medicine.

Sweet Beet Salad

Do your FitnessGenes results suggest that you need to improve your blood flow? Try this nitrate-rich Sweet Beet Salad to increase blood vessel dilation during your workout, and for a greater pump!

The Physiology of Recovery

The importance of recovery is often underestimated. This is quite surprising since the results you get from training are mainly determined by how well you allow your body to recover, and not from the training itself.