(Genetic Testing for Personalised Nutrition)
Type of test: Specialized
Offered by: Rocky Mountain Analytical – Calgary, AB
Eat according to your genes
Rocky Mountain Analytical has partnered with Nutrigenomix®, a University of Toronto start-up biotechnology company, to bring nutrigenomic testing to Canadian healthcare professionals.
Nutrigenomics The study of how individual genetic variation affects a person’s response to nutrients and impacts the risk of nutrition-related chronic diseases.
The Science of Nutrigenomics
Nutrigenomics uses genomic tools and genetic information to address issues important to nutrition and health. The main goal of nutrigenomics is to prevent chronic disease by examining how the interaction between genes and diet can positively influence human health. The protein products of our genes (enzymes, transporters, receptors, hormones etc.) interact with components of the food we eat to influence our nutritional status. Genetic variation results in multiple versions of genes, which can lead to differences in the amount of proteins produced and how efficiently proteins function. Genetic differences can affect how we respond to the foods we eat, giving each of us our own specific nutritional needs.
Although the term nutrigenomics is relatively new, the concept has been around for some time. Lactose intolerance is one example of how healthcare professionals are already incorporating nutrigenomics into their practice and how different versions of a gene lead to different responses to dietary components. Individuals who are not lactose-intolerant possess a version of a gene that produces sufficient amounts of lactase, the enzyme responsible for breaking down lactose, and can enjoy dairy products without side effects. Individuals who are lactose-intolerant possess a version of the gene that does not produce functional lactase, and can experience acute gastrointestinal discomfort if they consume lactose. Healthcare professionals work with these clients to identify alternatives to lactose-containing foods, ensuring that their nutritional needs are met in a high-quality diet.FAQ’s
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