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As part of our clinical nutrition program, we can use nutrigenomics to understand how different foods affect genes so we can develop a plan that reduces the risk of chronic illness – without medication or surgery.

What Is Nutrigenomics?

We now have the ability to personalize nutrition and lifestyle recommendations based on your genetic makeup. Nutrigenomics allows us to understand how foods affect your metabolism and, ultimately, your genes. Nutrigenomics also tells us how specific nutrients may support the appropriate gene expression (genes being turned on or off). This knowledge will guide recommendations for the optimal food and lifestyle selections based on your individual biochemical and genetic makeup.

Please note: There are two terms associated with how food affects your genes: nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics. Nutrigenomics involves how the food you consume affects the gene expression. Nutrigenetics involves how your genetic variations affect your ability to use certain nutrients, such as vitamins, for example. Technically, these terms are very different, but many practitioners combine both meanings and use the term nutrigenomics.

Why Is Nutrigenomics Important?

  • Food is information. Your genes respond to your dietary choices. Understanding how this happens may guide more precise nutrition and lifestyle recommendations.
  • Your genotype may determine food choice-related disease and/or disease risks.
  • Specific dietary changes may be used for the treatment and/or prevention of a particular health condition.

Getting personal with your DNA (genes) empowers you to understand why you still can’t lose the weight, even though you’ve been diligent with your dietary and lifestyle choices. Perhaps the “healthy” choices you’ve made aren’t the healthiest choices for your body. Perhaps your genetic makeup doesn’t allow your body to use certain nutrients, and your metabolism isn’t functioning optimally.

There are multiple genetic analysis services available today. But only one complex software tool allows clinicians to “run” the raw data from 23andme and “decode” it into clinically relevant information. This information helps determine and guide therapeutic and preventative recommendations, such as nutrition and lifestyle modifications, supplements, and even which medications are more suitable for your body (personalized medicine).

This analytical tool is called Opus23. As the science evolves, so does Opus23. The information in the database is constantly being updated so we can bring you the most up-to-date, science-based recommendations.

Our clinical nutritionists, Dr. Oscar Coetzee and Dr. Dana Filatova, are certified Opus23 experts who are trained and certified to analyze your DNA data using Opus23. Opus23 analyzes 700,000 genetic variations or SNPs (single-nucleotide polymorphisms) using the 23andme raw genomic data. The tool assesses how your body reacts to nutrients, herbs, medications, and what genetic predispositions to health risks you may have.

What Do You Need to Do to Get Started?

The process is simple. All you need is your 23andme raw data. To order the kit from 23andme, go to www.23andme.com. Contact us to schedule your Opus23 consultation today.

UB Center of Excellence in Generative Medicine. (2017). Introducing Opus 23. [online] Available at: http://generativemedicine.org/portal/465-2/.

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