Nutrigenomics: The Future of Personalized Nutrition in Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Diet plays an important role in cancer prevention and control. Though the association between diet and cancer prevention is still not definitive, recent evidence suggests that diet may modify the risk and improve outcomes of many cancers, including gastric, colorectal, breast, prostate, and lung cancers. Nutrition recommendations are typically based on the assumption that all individuals have the same nutritional requirements, with the exception of small differences between life stages and genders. However, recent advances in genetic sciences reveal that because each individual is genetically unique, not everyone responds identically to specific nutrients. Nutrigenomics, a relatively new science, explores the role of vitamins, minerals, and bioactive food compounds in gene expression and the effect that individual genetic variation can have on the body’s response to specific foods. To read more, click HERE