‘You are what you eat’ is a phrase that might strike fear into your heart depending on what is in your mouth at the time!
10 Nutrigenomics Breakthroughs from ten years of research (2008-2018)
If our genes are the blueprint that defines who we are, it is how they express themselves in the presence of nutrition, to produce proteins. ‘Gene expression’ patterns caused by food, also called nutrigenomics, tell us if we are sick, how we will react if we get sick, and if what we are eating or doing can make us better.
That’s the basic idea. We can see this play out in the way thoroughbred horses or zoo animals are fed. They’re given the highest quality food, it’s measured to the ounce and fed to the animals at specific times. There is a great deal about nutrigenomic data that has been gleaned from animal studies.
The Alltech Nutrigenomics Center has been studying animal nutrition’s impact on gene expression. This allowed scientists to determine in hours what outcomes to expect from feeding specific foods, feeds and dietary supplements to animals without waiting months or even years for results typical in farm trials.
Over the past ten years, nutrigenomics has now been used to
a) Understand how specific foods change gene expression
b) Quickly screen for new nutrients with similar benefits
c) Predict responses to nutrients or foods.
What are the top 10 Highlights in Nutrigenomic research? Read more of Aidan Connolly’s article and be amazed at how much more we know now that we did ten years earlier.