Nutrigenomics: Choosing Foods According to Your Genes
Written by: Dave Johnson, MD
Left out of the conversation within the never ending dietary hype and promotion, is the fact that there are individual genetic variations that can affect how people respond to the foods, beverages, and supplements they consume. An emerging field of nutrigenomics is beginning to reveal these variable responses and how specific dietary habits can be altered to overcome or even embrace these genetic variances.
Nutrigenomics is an emerging field that looks at single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP’s – pronounced snips) that impact how a specific protein or enzyme, our major metabolic machinery, functions. These SNP’s can be advantageous or possibly have disadvantageous impact on how food is absorbed, digested, distributed and eliminated. Knowing this information allows you and your healthcare provider the opportunity to make informed decisions on food and supplement choices aimed to optimize your health and wellbeing. Unlike other genetic tests that look at major gene mutations, as in Down’s Syndrome and Cystic Fibrosis, genomic testing looks at slight alterations in genes (SNP’s) that can change how a specific protein functions. Genomic testing does not diagnose disease or even if nutrient deficiency exists, but rather, whether there is a risk for nutrient deficiency based upon the known SNP’s impact on nutrient metabolism, which can then impact the risk for future disease.
Nutrigenomix Inc., is a University of Toronto affiliated company that is founded by global researchers in nutrigenomics research. The Nutrigenomix test is a panel of 45 genetic markers that influence weight management, nutrient metabolism, heart health, food intolerances, eating habits, and physical activity. This simple saliva test can provide you and your health care provider with personalized information needed to modify your diet, eating patterns, and exercise, to maximize your health and wellbeing.
At Grand Rapids Natural Health, we are the first clinic in West Michigan to offer such testing. The cost of the test is $648, which covers the cost of the test and subsequent appointment to review the results.
Learn to eat according to your genes!
Call Grand Rapids Natural Health today, (616) 264-6556, to schedule your initial appointment to learn about the test and have your test collected.