The Science of Nutrigenomics

What is Nutrigenomics?  A simple answer would be that it is nutritional solutions based on genetic information of an individual.   This information is obtained through something called an assessment, which is an analysis of a DNA sample collected from the individual.  The most common sample types are blood, urine and a buccal cheek swab.  For various reasons, the cheek swab method is preferred for widespread applications.

Every human is almost entirely identical, in terms of their DNA.  In fact, 99.1% of our DNA will be exactly the same as every other person on the planet.  It is that last .9% that makes us unique.  Through the mapping of the human genome, scientists have been able to identify the specific markers that vary from one person to the next.  Taking it even further, they have identified which are particularly relevant for issues related to our health, and this is where the nutritional component of nutrigenomics comes in.

Scientists have coupled their understanding of certain SNP’s, which are genetic “heavy-hitters”, with nutritional science to provide nutritional support in a highly personalized format.  In other words, you can now have your nutritional supplement personalized specifically just for you.

This section will provide more in-depth articles for those who are interested in learning more about this fascinating new field of science.  Click here for information regarding how the science of nutrigenomics is being applied to business.


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