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Hi, I'm Chris Masterjohn and I have a PhD in Nutritional Sciences. I am an entrepreneur in all things fitness, health, and nutrition. In this show I combine my scientific expertise with my out-of-the-box thinking to translate complex science into new, practical ideas that you can use to help yourself on your journey to vibrant health. This show will allow you to master the science of nutrition and apply it to your own life like a pro.
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Jan 18, 2018

Can you get vitamin A from plant foods? It depends on your genes.

Listen to this podcast to learn how to figure out your BCO1 genetics and how this impacts your vitamin A requirement.

Vitamin A is found in the form of carotenoids in red, orange, yellow, and green vegetables, and in the form of retinol in animal foods, especially liver. BCO1 helps you convert the carotenoids to retinol, which is the form you need to have in your body to be healthy. Many of us have genetic impairments in BCO1. In fact, for genetic reasons alone, if you took 100 of us, half of us would make the conversion less than half as well as the other half. A quarter of us would have our ability to make the conversion slashed four-fold.

But it isn’t *all* about genetics. There are many other factors -- thyroid health, iron, protein, zinc, vitamin E, parasites, oxidative stress, heavy metals, polyunsaturated fats -- the list just goes on and on for the things that can affect this conversion. Knowing your genes is helpful, but only one piece of the puzzle.

Listen to the podcast for how I recommend handling this.

I recommend testing your BCO1 genes with StrateGene, which you can get here:

chrismasterjohnphd.com/strategene

For more information on how to get the StrateGene report, watch this video:

https://chrismasterjohnphd.com/2017/12/04/know-need-care-mthfr/

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