Nutrigenomics: bring disease, cancer, diet and...

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EZINE Articles ran an article titled “Cancer, Epigenetics and Nutrigenomics – How food effects your cancer genes” by Robert Avery, MD FACP. This article discusses how cancer causing genes, oncogenes and tumor suppressing genes work to keep our bodies in healthy shape. Sometimes oncogenes get turned ON and tumor suppressing genes get turned OFF. This causes cancer. For years scientists also knew that cancer patients had high degrees of methylation in their genes. Methylation can turn a gene ON or OFF. We also know food delivers methylation to our bodies. Dr Avery says, “Epidemiologic studies suggest there are bad foods and good foods. BAD: red meat, processed meat, grilled meat, dairy, animal fat, partially hydrogenated fats. Good: Fish, fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, omega-3 fatty acids, whole grains. The article goes on to discuss good foods for us to consume.