This suggests and provides reinforcement for nutrigenomics.
Imagine a physician or dietitian handing you a set of individualized nutritional guidelines based on your unique genetic makeup – one that could help you ward off such diseases as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
That’s the ultimate goal of the Nebraska Gateway for Nutrigenomics, a new research initiative at UNL (University of Nebraska Lincoln). It aims to use genome-based technologies to figure out what makes individuals and some ethnic groups susceptible to certain diseases and develop nutritional strategies to overcome those susceptibilities.
Proper nutrition is obviously a vital part of good health and achieving optimal health with sensors and tests that are monitoring each individual could provide gains for getting each person to have optimal health.
Magnesium is a must. The diets of all Americans are likely to be deficient. Even a mild deficiency causes sensitiveness to noise, nervousness, irritability, mental depression, confusion, twitching, trembling, apprehension, insomnia, muscle weakness and cramps in the toes, feet, legs, or fingers.
Folic acid deficiency can lead to neural tube closure defects (NTDs) and anemia.
Zinc deficiency affects immune function, contributing to as many as 800,000 child deaths per year.
Iodine deficiency is the leading preventable cause of brain damage and it can significantly lower the IQ of whole populations.
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