When you see some symptoms, you need to find out where the body is not doing its job well. Symptoms are the signs that somewhere inside, the body is not performing the right steps in the necessary sequence to maintain optimal health.
Once you find out where it is happening, you can begin to learn more about exactly why and what to do about it and what kind genetic supplement to take.
The Test identifies genetic changes, called single nucleotide polymorphisms (referred to as SNPs and pronounced SNIPS) in thirty genes.
Don’t worry! There’s no need to test all of the 20,000+ genes in the human genome. Based on research findings and clinical results, our Nutrigenomic Test, designed by Dr. Amy, focus in on key SNPs that regulate neurological inflammation, and its allied conditions, including autism.
The Methylation Cycle is a biochemical pathway that manages or contributes to a wide range of crucial bodily functions, including:
- Immune function
- Maintaining DNA
- Energy production
- Mood balancing
- Controlling inflammation
All these processes help the body respond to environmental stressors, to detoxify, and to adapt and rebuild. That’s why lowered methylation function may contribute to many, major chronic conditions, including:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Adult neurological conditions
- Autism and other spectrum disorders
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Miscarriages, fertility, and problems in pregnancy
- Allergies, immune system, and digestive problems
- Mood and psychiatric disorders
Methylation is involved in almost every bodily biochemical reaction and occurs billions of times every second in our cells. That’s why figuring out where the Cycle can better perform its tasks contributes to health improvement, and reduce symptoms.
The test focuses on genetic weaknesses in pathways that are involved in generating methyl groups in the body. Genetic weaknesses which hinder the methylation cycle can lay the groundwork for further assault of environmental and infectious agents which may result in a wide range of increased risk for additional health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, thyroid dysfunction, neurological inflammation, chronic viral infection, neurotransmitter imbalances, atherosclerosis, cancer, aging, neural tube defects, Alzheimer’s disease and autism.
As a result of decreased activity in the methylation pathway due to mutations, there is a shortage of methyl groups in the body for a variety of important functions. Methyl groups are “CH3” groups that are moved around in the body to turn on or off genes. There are several particular sites in this pathway where a blockage can occur as a result of genetic weaknesses.
Supplementation with appropriate foods and nutrients can bypass these mutations to allow for a restored function of the pathway. By looking at diagrammatic representations of the methylation pathway and relating the effects of genetic polymorphisms (variations) to biochemical pathways, it is possible to draw a personalized map for each individual’s imbalances which may impact upon their health. By identifying the precise areas of genetic fragility, it is then possible to target appropriate nutritional supplementation of these pathways to optimize the functioning of these crucial biochemical processes. Under certain circumstances and in some individuals, diet can be a serious risk factor for a number of diseases.
- Common dietary chemicals can act on the human genome, either directly or indirectly, to alter gene expression or structure.
- The degree to which diet influences the balance between healthy and disease states may depend on an individual’s genetic makeup.
- Some diet-regulated genes (and their normal, common variants) are likely to play a role in the onset, incidence, progression, and/or severity of chronic diseases.
- Dietary intervention based on knowledge of nutritional requirement, nutritional status, and genotype (i.e., “personalized nutrition”) can be used to prevent, mitigate or cure chronic disease.
In other words, by understanding our nutritional needs, our nutritional status, and our genotype, nutrigenomics should enable individuals to manage better their health and well-being by precisely matching their diets with their unique genetic makeup.