Lunasin and Epigenetics: Nutrition at a higher level
The number of PubMed publications on epigenetics has exploded! In the year 2000 there was 16 published. In 2012 there were over 1400 and growing at a compound rate. Why? This amazing science shows how optimal nutrition can affect genes.
Every cell in your body from your brain to your toenails contain the same DNA or genome. So what makes different cells perform different functions? The answer lies in your epigenome, a higher level of complexity within the cell.
The epigenome consists of DNA packaging material and works as a series of genetic switches. It determines cell function by signaling your genome which genes to turn on and off.
The epigenome also influences how well each cell functions. In the epigenome, the right lifestyle choices trigger healthy gene expression-the healthy genes get switched on, the unhealthy ones get switched off. While you can't change your DNA blueprint, you can influence the way that the DNA expresses itself. DNA inherited from your parents makes up your genome. Lunasin attaches to DNA packaging material in the epigenome to promote optimal cell function.
Think of your cells in computer terms.
The DNA in your genome is like hardware, the actual computer components that perform specific functions. Your epigenome is like software, the programs that tell the hardware which functions to perform. Lunasin: the future of nutritional genomics nfographic