What is Epigenitics?
Environmental factors can alter the way our genes are expressed, making even identical twins different. The genome dynamically responds to the environment. Stress, diet, behavior, toxins and other factors activate chemical switches that regulate gene expression.
NUTRITION AND THE EPIGENOME
Unlike behavior or stress, diet is one of the more easily studied, and therefore better understood, environmental factors in epigenetic change.
The nutrients we extract from food and nutraceuticals enter metabolic pathways where they are manipulated, modified and molded into molecules the body can use. One such pathway is responsible for making methyl groups – important epigenetic tags that silence genes.
Familiar nutrients like folic acid, B vitamins and Vitamin D in the form of Nutraceuticals help to turn gene expression on or off. Diets high in these methyl-donating nutrients can rapidly alter gene