Epigenetics

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Epigenetics is the study of how our genes can be influenced by our environment and lifestyle choices. It looks at how certain factors, like our diet, stress levels, or exposure to toxins, can cause modifications on whether or not certain genes are turned on and off.  These modifications don’t change the genetic code itself, but they can affect how our genes are expressed and how our bodies function. Epigenetics helps us understand how lifestyle choices can have long-lasting effects on our health and the health of future generations.  In essence it matters more what your are exposed to over time on your overall health.

An example of epigenetics is the effect of maternal diet on the health of offspring. Studies have shown that a mother’s diet during pregnancy can cause epigenetic changes in the developing fetus. For instance, inadequate nutrition during pregnancy can lead to modifications in gene expression that increase the risk of metabolic diseases in the child, such as obesity or diabetes, later in life. These changes occur without altering the DNA sequence but can have long-lasting impacts on the health and well-being of the individual.

Foods That Support Your Epigenetics

 

Nutrient

Food Origin

Methionine

Sesame Seeds, Brazil Nuts, Fish, Peppers, Spinach

Folate

Leafy Vegetables, Sunflower Seeds, Baker’s Yeast, Liver

Vitamin B12

Meat, Liver, Shellfish, Milk

Vitamin B6

Meat, Whole Grain, Vegetables, Nuts

Choline

Egg Yolks, Liver, Soy, Cooked Beef, Chicken, Veal and Turkey

Betaine

Wheat, Spinach, Shellfish, Beets

  

Bioactive Nutrients

Food Origin

Tea-Polyphenols

Green Tea

Resveratrol

Red Wine

Genistein

Soy Products

Sulforaphane

Broccoli

Butyrate

Legumes, Beans, Peas, and Soybeans

Diallyl Sulphide

Garlic

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