Tuesday July 17, 2018

Genes to Decide What Diet Suits You Best

Soon, genetic testing may identify what diet you should consume for a longer, healthier life

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Soon, genetic testing may identify what diet you should consume for a longer, healthier life.

Researchers have identified a group of genes that allow an organism to adapt to different diets and show that without them, even minor tweaks to diet can cause premature aging and death.

“The studies have revealed that single gene mutations can alter the ability of an organism to utilise a specific diet. This could explain why certain diets work for some but not others,” explained Sean Curran, assistant professor at University of Southern California (USC).

In the age of commercial gene sequencing, people might be able to identify which diet would work best for them through a simple blood test, added Shanshan Pang from USC.

Genes are a part of DNA/RNA.
Genes- A segment of DNA. Pixabay

They studied caenorhabditis elegans – a one-milimetre-long worm that scientists have used as a model organism for years.

Curran and Pang identified a gene called ‘alh-6’ which delayed the effects of aging depending on what type of diet the worm was fed by protecting it against diet-induced mitochondrial defects.

“What we have learned in the worm could translate to a better understanding of the factors that alter diet success in humans,” Curran said in the study appeared in the journal Cell Metabolism.

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Finding a genetic basis for an organism’s dietary needs suggests that different individuals may be genetically predisposed to thrive on different diets.

This could be the start of personalised dieting based on an individual’s genetic makeup, Curran stressed. (IANS)

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Want Glowing Skin? Include Vinegar in Diet

If you look on the internet you will find claims that vinegar, especially apple cider vinegar, will relieve just about any ailment you can think of

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Nutritional therapists have known about this product for years and will often recommend it to clients to help stimulate the digestion, alkalise the body and help with weight loss
Nutritional therapists have known about this product for years and will often recommend it to clients to help stimulate the digestion, alkalise the body and help with weight loss. Pixabay

Sipping on a vinegar-infused drink every morning is the latest health food item endorsed by celebrities to lose weight and maintain a youthful glow.

Actress Megan Fox has said that because of her “really big sweet tooth”, she’ll sometimes cleanse with a combination of apple cider vinegar and water, claiming it “cleans out your system”.

Supermodel Miranda Kerr drizzles it on her salad, while actress Gwyneth Paltrow and singer Madonna rely on it to keep their looks in check, reports dailymail.co.uk.

And now there is also a restaurant with a menu dedicated to fermented vinegar here.

The Raw Duck in London’s Hackney is an eatery to have a menu dedicated to ferments – and apple cider vinegar with a little sugar and grated apple left to develop for three days is one of its most popular concoctions.

And now there is also a restaurant with a menu dedicated to fermented vinegar here.
And now there is also a restaurant with a menu dedicated to fermented vinegar here. Pixabay

“These are deliciously cleansing and help aid digestion,” owner Rory McCoy said.

“When we talk about probiotic, we think of those mass-produced yoghurts but these are the real thing. People should know about them. I try to drink a vinegar or eat a ferment every day for my health,” added McCoy.

Katy Mason, nutritionist at The Nutri Centre, says vinegar has been used for centuries for many purposes, pickling, cleaning as a condiment and for health.

Also Read: Can Vinegar be Used to treat Tuberculosis?

“If you look on the internet you will find claims that vinegar, especially apple cider vinegar, will relieve just about any ailment you can think of,” she said.

“Nutritional therapists have known about this product for years and will often recommend it to clients to help stimulate the digestion, alkalise the body and help with weight loss,” she added. (Bollywood Country)

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