'Nourish your DNA'
Food and supplements are among the most controllable choices you can expose your DNA to daily. Nutrients are now seen as messengers that communicate with your DNA every time you eat.
Your exome is that part of your genome (full genetic code) that gives the instruction for protein production. Proteins form structures throughout the body including muscle tissue, receptors on the outside of cells, and enzymes. Enzymes are catalysts are used to turn the cogs of your biochemistry. If you have a genetic variation that results in an enzyme being misspelt, then the 'cog' (biochemical reaction) that it affects might not convert a nutrient into it's more active form efficiently enough. This can result in your biochemistry working suboptimally.
Nutrigenomic DNA Tests
Doing one of our nutrigenomic DNA tests will give you a better idea where you have enzyme misspellings in your biochemistry. You can then work to increase nutrients that those biochemical pathways might need, or 'bypass' the pathway with a supplement that contains nutrients that have already been converted into their active forms.
An example would be the gene MTHFR: This gene provides the code for the structure of the enzyme: methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR). If you have a variation on the spelling of this enzyme, you might struggle to convert folic acid to its active form: 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF). MTHFR variations are linked to a wide variety of conditions including ADD, ADHD, bipolar, depression, cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, strokes, aneurysms, asthma, sluggish detox and cancer to name just a few.
Support your DNA
The great news is that you can support this gene by increasing your intake of folate-rich foods like dark green leafy veggies and whole grains, and by supplementing with 5-MTHF instead of folic acid. This is what we mean by 'support' your DNA with nutrients. This is where true personalisation of your diet begins.