Using Nutrigenomics For Better Health

When it comes to eating healthy, we are all given the same advice. Keep saturated fat, salt, and sugar at low levels, while consuming fruits common vegetables, and grains. Even though everyone has different nutrition requirements, we are taught to have relatively the same diet.


Finding the right diet

Some diets can work for most people, such as the Mediterranean diet. This particular diet helps reduce strokes, diabetes, heart disease, among other issues for many people. It is possible to tailor an individual’s diet to their specific needs. Your genetics may dictate what types of food you may or may not consume.

Everyone’s dietary needs are different, while some people cannot tolerate a certain salt intake, others may be more susceptible to diabetes. So therefore, even though the Mediterranean diet is good for most people, because of these factors it may not work for everyone. A study conducted by the University of Toronto shows that an individual more closely adheres to their recommended diet when it is created based around their genetics.

Analyzing your DNA

The study focused on the impact of providing dietary recommendations based upon DNA. The study was done with two groups. One group was given the standard nutritional advice while the other group was given DNA based dietary advice. In 3 months those who were given the DNA based advice remained more consistent those who received standard advice not based on genetics whatsoever. The result was that those who were sensitive to salt stuck with the low salt diet better than the others.

Consuming food this way opens up an entire new world when it comes to determining which foods are going to work best for you. It’s possible that a DNA test can help you determine and what the best foods are for you to consume. This knowledge can help people achieve enhanced fitness levels and lose fat. A nutrition regimen can be created for you even with a simple saliva test. Nutrigenomics may play an increasingly important role towards preventive health.

Many people may not be aware of the fact that genes can turn on and off according to the daily foods you consume and your lifestyle. So instead of taking the generic route of losing weight, you can instead take a more unique approach by looking at how that individual metabolizes fat and sugar. This may be the way that we advance personalized healthcare further. Although, researchers are looking for more scientific evidence so that this type of testing can become a commercial service provided by laboratories.