Nutrigenomics is the study of nutrients and their impact on our DNA. Nutrient intake can affect how we express ourselves both physically, mentally or emotionally through a process called gene expression which decides what kind of cells carry certain genes in your body’s genetic makeup!
The ‘era of big science’ is an exciting time for discovery. The launch in the 1990s and subsequent mapping by DNA sequencing led to a new era where we can determine what our genes do, which will ultimately help us live healthier lives.
While much of the early ‘hype’ around nutrigenomics has not yet come to fruition, this field remains nascent and fast-moving with potential for truly personalized nutrition approaches tailored towards individuals.
The topic of genetics and dietetics is one that poses both ethical challenges as well as regulatory ones. There’s potential for personal data to be misused, not just the question if it should screen certain genetic phenotypes where no proven ‘treatment’ currently exists; however there are many stakeholders involved in this area including governments (or countries) who regulate how much information can come out before social distancing practices take effect – meaning they need some sort agree on what these terms mean so everyone knows exactly which areas require protection or consideration when dealing with it.
How does nutrigenomics really work?
Nutrigenomics is based on the idea that each person has their own unique genetic makeup which determines how they respond to certain foods. For example, one might be able to digest milk better than another because of differing DNA sequences in our genes known as genotypes. This means that people with certain characteristics could have an easier time losing weight by eating more protein and less carbs while still getting all necessary nutrients from food since some will be handled through other mechanisms such as browning reactions or breakdowns within intestinal walls – leading them not only feel full quicker but avoid spikes associated with sugar cravings too.
With the recent advances in Exipure technology, nutrigenomics is an exciting field that can provide us with invaluable information about our genes. These ‘omic’ technologies: genomic (DNA), proteome (protein) and metabolome (metabolism). Transcriptomics measures how much of each gene’s transcript was expressed during transcription which gives more detail than just measuring one type alone would give you an idea if something went wrong or not cause certain reactions because there could be several reasons why this may occur.
Exipure reviews state It is important to understand that most of our chronic diseases aren’t caused by monogenic mutations, or single genetic effects affected by a single dietary exposure. Instead they’re due complex interactions among many different gene variants–and this knowledge could help us figure out how these illnesses develop in order for them not only better to treat but also prevent future patients!
What’s in store for nutrigenomics?
There has been a lot of progress in the individual ‘omics’ fields, but they need to be integrated with each other more effectively for us to see complete patterns.
The future of nutrigenomics is a system-wide approach that takes into account all interactions between food, genes and our bodies. This was highlighted by NUGO in their recent article on Genes & Nutrition where they stressed the importance for human research studies incorporating this totality when trying to reach its full potential.
Alicia Saville did her degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. She is interested in mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.