Epigenetic Insights on Nutrition, Hormones and Eating Behavior

It is widely acknowledged that alterations of the intrauterine and early postnatal nutritional and hormonal environment can make individuals more susceptible to the development of diseases in later life, a phenomenon clearly explained by epigenetics. We know that what the mother eats during pregnancy can increase the risk of the baby becoming obese as an adult, among other … Continue reading Epigenetic Insights on Nutrition, Hormones and Eating Behavior

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Epigenetics: Feeding the Obesity and Diabetes Epidemic?

Every kid reaching for the junk food has heard mom and dad’s warning, “You are what you eat!” But parents should be advised that children can now offer a humbling retort, “No, I’m what YOU ate!” A new study by scientists from the Institute of Experimental Genetics at Helmholtz Zentrum München (Neuherberg, Germany) suggests that … Continue reading Epigenetics: Feeding the Obesity and Diabetes Epidemic?

Children of Diabetic Moms May Benefit from the Epigenetic Power of Green Tea

If a mother with diabetes drinks green tea during pregnancy, could it improve her child’s development? For years, pregnant women have been advised to take probiotics and antioxidants, such as folic acid, to help improve pregnancy outcomes. However, the precise way these supplements work continues to be up for debate. Now, epigenetic evidence is mounting … Continue reading Children of Diabetic Moms May Benefit from the Epigenetic Power of Green Tea

Casticin Found Naturally in Fruits May Epigenetically Fight Off Stomach Cancer

Casticin, a type of flavonoid, could adjust chemical tags on DNA to stave off gastric cancer, a recent study suggests. Found in wormwood and various fruits, including chasteberry and oil from the chaste tree, casticin is able to epigenetically impact the expression of a gene that inhibits stomach cancer. Although additional research and clinical studies are needed, … Continue reading Casticin Found Naturally in Fruits May Epigenetically Fight Off Stomach Cancer

Vitamins A and C Could Erase Epigenetic Marks on DNA

Vitamins may not only benefit your health, but also remove epigenetic memory or marks on your DNA. A new study conducted by an international group of researchers found that vitamins A and C work in different ways to erase methyl tags present on genes. These findings could help to progress new developments in regenerative medicine … Continue reading Vitamins A and C Could Erase Epigenetic Marks on DNA

Could the Mediterranean Diet During Pregnancy Epigenetically Reduce a Child’s Disease Risk?

The Mediterranean diet has been associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, and metabolic syndrome. Taking this a step further, research is now pointing to the epigenetic benefits abiding by a Mediterranean diet could have while pregnant. The main components of this healthy eating pattern might epigenetically protect the fetus from developing diseases … Continue reading Could the Mediterranean Diet During Pregnancy Epigenetically Reduce a Child’s Disease Risk?

Early Epigenetic Nutrition ‘Memory’ Could Program You for Obesity Later in Life

For decades, we’ve known how important it is to receive proper nutrition during early stages of life. Nutritional experiences in the beginning of development can set the stage for many things, including body weight, and can even affect the risk of obesity as we get older. Recent research supports the idea that poor nutrition at … Continue reading Early Epigenetic Nutrition ‘Memory’ Could Program You for Obesity Later in Life

Selective Survival In The Womb Based On Random Epigenetic Variation May Explain Adult Health Problems

It’s been said before that health begins in the womb. That’s because the conditions we encounter in utero impact not only our well-being in infancy but throughout our entire lives. But what happens when the nutritional environment in the womb is less than favorable? Most epigenetic studies have suggested that embryos respond to adverse environmental conditions by adjusting their gene … Continue reading Selective Survival In The Womb Based On Random Epigenetic Variation May Explain Adult Health Problems

Epigenetic Transfer of Nutrition ‘Memory’ Ends Before Great-Grandchildren

A child is at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes and obesity if his or her mother was undernourished during pregnancy. This risk is caused in part by epigenetic changes thought to persist through generations, but it’s uncertain at which generation these changes stop affecting offspring. Researchers at University of Cambridge give us … Continue reading Epigenetic Transfer of Nutrition ‘Memory’ Ends Before Great-Grandchildren

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Tips, Benefits, & What to Eat & Avoid

Source: Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Tips, Benefits, & What to Eat & Avoid by Dr. Edward Group   When you think of inflammation, you probably picture the rash you get from poison ivy or a bump that swells up when you hit your head. There's another silent form of inflammation that occurs within your body, and it does not usually … Continue reading Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Tips, Benefits, & What to Eat & Avoid