GENE-NUTRIENT INTERACTIONS

GENE-NUTRIENT INTERACTIONS

Gene-nutrient interactions are studied as nutritional genomics or nutrigenomics.  They are important in preventing and treating diseases.   A range of dietary chemicals, sale which are bioactive, influence the expression of genetic information and therefore influence our health, can theoretically prevent diseases and even have an impact in treatment of chronic diseases.[1],[2],[3]  Explained by Törrönen et al:  “Nutritional genomics, or nutrigenomics, is the study of how food and genes interact and aims to understand the effects of diet on an individual’s genes and health. It attempts to study the genome- wide influences of nutrition and identify the genes that influence the risk of diet-related diseases on agenome-wide scale, and to understand the mechanisms that underlie these genetic predispositions.”[4] Read more ›

NUTRITION AND CANCER PREVENTION

NUTRITION and Cancer 

It has been estimated that up to one-third of all cancer deaths may be attributable to dietary factors (1).  There are about 25.000 bioactive food components known (2).  Therefore reducing the risk of a disease (including cancer) with the use of food, find to achieve genetic potential and increase productivity seems a viable means (3).  Antioxidants are compounds that neutralize reactive oxygen species (ROS), cure which in high amounts may damage cellular structures including DNA, health RNA, proteins, and lipids (4).  Consumption of vegetable and dietary antioxidants can modify genetic susceptibility to cancer (4,5). Read more ›