Category Archives: Nutrigenomics

Personal Genetic Testing – How Much Do You Want To Know?

Personal Genetic Testing – How Much Do You Want To Know?

It’s the recent media story that carries some major health implications for us all and carries a lot of ‘punch’ in terms of the headlines. “DNA-screening test 23andMe launches in UK after US ban: The Google-backed genotyping service can screen for common genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anaemia.” ran the Guardian. Whilst the Independent led with “£125 genetic test kit backed by Google arrives in Britain – with a health warning: A Google-backed company that offers a personal genetic screening to test for risk factors associated with diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s will be available in the UK from today despite deep public health concerns in the US.” 23andMe is named after the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a human cell. Continue reading  ▶

Essential Fatty Acids – Omega 3 & Conversion Efficiency Inhibitions

“Not all Omega 3 is the same: ALA needs to be converted to EPA and DHA in the body – not everybody makes this conversion efficiently”. This is the full title of our article today that is kindly provided by nutritional therapist Katie Clare. Continue reading  ▶

Our Genes throughout life

Our Genes throughout life – the importance of dietary components and Nutrition

In our ongoing series of articles on the emerging and exciting field of Nutrigenomics we continue to explore and demystify topics such as epigenetics, polymorphism, gene expression and methylation. We also look at the practical application for nutritional genomics with individual genetic profiles. Continue reading  ▶

Methylation- energy for life and living

Methylation: energy for life and living!

Methylation is one of the body’s most important and commonest chemical processes, occurring many times a second in every cell and organ of the body. Methylation is a process that is vital for our health and wellbeing and can be simply summed by as the addition of a methyl group, or ‘CH3’, to many chemical compounds in the body. This article will explain what this means to you. Continue reading  ▶

We are what we eat? We are also what our mother ate at the time of conception

We are what we eat? We are also what our mother ate at the time of conception

We recently provided an article to introduce the emerging and exciting field of nutrigenomics. Put most simply nutrigenomics is the study of the effects of foods on ‘gene expression’ and how nutrients from foods can have varying affect on different individuals based on their genes. Now a hugely exciting research project reveals that diet has the potential for significant impact on human health – from the earliest stages of life. Continue reading  ▶

Epigenetics

Emerging Research on Vitamin D, Omega 3 and Epigenetic Factors in Cancer Risks

A number of recently published research projects provide some important health updates. New research from Spain sheds further light on the long-suspected involvement of epigenetics in cancer. Three separate studies in relation to vitamin D indicate deficiency is linked to aggressive prostate cancer; vitamin D may raise survival rates among cancer patients and vitamin D may offer potential relief for those with chronic hives. Plus further evidence of the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, specifically in relation to lowering blood pressure. And finally two studies on Omega 3 consumption indicate cognitive and depression combating benefits. Continue reading  ▶