- Dr. Chris Votova
Epigenetics – Gene Expression
There are new views on how human kind evolves and expresses health. At the fore front is Epigenetics. Epigenetics is the influence of the environment on the expression of genes. What this means to you is that you can affect the way your DNA expresses itself; it is not a hard wired destiny. That is to say, the genes you inherited from your parents have a level of plasticity which allows us to change and adapt quickly.
According to a consortium of European Epigenetic Researchers, one of the most important diet-related epigenetic changes is ‘methylation’. Methylation is a biochemical process that helps repair DNA on a daily basis. It controls homocysteine, an unhealthy compound that can damage blood vessels. We need an optimal level of B vitamins to keep methylation working.
DNA methylation, along with modifications of DNA packaging histone proteins, is one of the major epigenetic mechanisms that cells use to control gene expression and is a common signaling tool that cells use to lock genes in the ‘off’ position.
Feeding Your Epigenome
In the estimation of one international research group, until we understand more about the links between diet and epigenetics, one approach is to consume foods that provide the building blocks for methylation of the body:
•Leaf vegetables, peas and beans, sunflower seeds and liver are good sources of folic acid. •Choline comes from eggs, lettuce, peanuts and liver. •To boost your intake of methionine, try spinach, garlic, Brazil nuts, kidney beans or tofu. Chicken, beef and fish are also good sources. •Sample oysters for zinc and eat fish, eggs, cheese and milk for Vitamin B12.
Zolata, Steve. “The Epigenetics Revolution, Part 2.” Canadian Chiropractor. Published June 2011; Volume 16, No 4, pp 26-29.
This is empowering information for humankind. The ability to maintain our health and the health of future generations lies within us.
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