Nutrition Health and Wellbeing is now offering a new service from Nutrigenomix. It is a genetic test that consist of a few simple steps to complete using a collection of your saliva needed for your DNA analysis to help you understand how your genetics can actually help you respond to the foods you eat. This will give a thorough report on you own specific nutritional needs and allow for development of your own personalised nutrition recommendations and eating plan based on your DNA! Click here for the latest news on this new testing procedure – it is only available from Accredited Practising Dietitians.
Nutrition is one of the most important lifestyle factors affecting your risk for developing certain diseases and has a significant impact on overall well- being. Over the past decade, there has been growing recognition of the importance of how genes influence our nutritional status, which directly impacts our health. The variations in our genes make us unique from one another, and can determine how we metabolise and utilise different nutrients we ingest.
Nutrigenomics is the science that applies genomic information and advanced technologies to uncover the relationship between genes, nutrition and human health. The term Nutrigenomics refers to both the study of how the food, beverage and supplements we consume affects our genes and how our genes can influence our body’s response to what we eat.
The main goal of Nutrigenomix is to prevent chronic disease by examining how the interaction between genes and diet can positively influence human health. The protein products of our genes (enzymes transporters, receptors and hormones etc) interact with components of the food we eat to influence our nutritional status. Genetic variation results in multiple versions of genes, which can lead to differences in the amount of proteins produced and how efficiently proteins function. Genetic differences can affect how we respond to the foods we eat, giving us our own specific nutritional needs.
One example may include testing for the gene that determines the rate caffeine is broken down. Some individuals may benefit from limiting their caffeine consumption as they may have the gene variant that reduces their rate of caffeine breakdown therefore can determine whether consumption of caffeine – containing products, such as coffee, is harmful to heart health being at greater risk of high blood pressure and heart attack when caffeine intake is high.
Following the collection of the sample by your dietitian, it will be sent to the Nutrigenomix testing lab for analyses. Nutrigenomix testing will analyse seven key genes related and how they affect your ability to respond to:
Being provided with this genetic information and a Nutrigenomic Personalised Nutrition Report your dietitian can develop a personalized nutrition eating plan and individual dietary recommendations to optimize your nutritional status and also specifically focus on preventing diet-related disease.
By tailoring one’s nutritional needs to your genetic profile, the benefits of nutrition on health status can be maximized.