Nutrition: Turning genes on.. and off through generations

By Fort Wayne Custom Rx

The famous quote by the Greek physician, Hippocrates, states, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Although Hippocrates lived approximately from 460-370 BC, we are finding those words seem to be truer now more than ever.

A new science is rapidly evolving called Epigenetics. The term epigenetics means “above and beyond genetics.” This term is used to refer to how the environment influences gene expression. Although the idea of this relationship has been around for about seven decades, we had not been able to put the hypothesis to the test until the scientific capabilities caught up. The completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 brought significant advancements to the study of our own genes and gene expression.

We Are What We Eat… and what Grandpa ate

what grandpa ateOne area of particular interest and advancement is the way nutrition influences gene expression, Nutrigenomics. (Stress and behavior influence genes as well, but those are much harder to control for a study.) So yes, what you eat can determine whether you will express that awful gene you inherited from Grandpa Joe. Not only that, but what Grandpa Joe ate will have an influence on what genes you express as well. So it is not just a matter of what you eat, but what your parents ate (both mom AND dad), and what their parents, your grandparents, ate. Nutrition can, therefore, determine the risk of everything from autism to diabetes.

Vitamins Protect

The most studied nutrients for controlling gene expression are what we call “Methyl Donors.” The methyl group works like a roadblock to stop genes from turning on and being expressed. So if you have more methyl donors in your diet like folic acid, B-vitamins, SAM-e, or betaine, you can set up more road blocks that stop those “bad” genes from turning on. In a famous study performed on the genetically-cursed agouti mouse, the consumption of methyl donors was able to overcome the poor genetics and even negative environmental effects of substances like BPA.

Fort Wayne Custom Rx specializes in nutritional products to help patients take better care of themselves, their kids, and their grandkids. They have pharmaceutical-grade supplements to help increase the number of methyl donors available to help keep those bad genes in-check as well as BPA-free, organic products for pregnant moms-to-be, nursing mothers and babies.

Shouldn’t we all consider proper nutrition and health as an investment in future generations?


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