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June 1, 2016

If you greet the morning with the flavours of freshly brewed coffee, you are not just one, you are one among the billions of people worldwide who indulge into the grind of coffee consumption.

Several studies showed that daily coffee consumption reduced the risks of heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes – a news that coffee lovers can rejoice. Oh yes! but wait – there are some studies which found that daily coffee consumption has been associated with increased risks of myocardial infarction, heart disease and anaemia.

Uh, oh! So, is coffee good or bad for me? Is the same question running in your mind? No one can answer this question until you take a peek at your genes. We each respond differently to caffeine based on our genetic makeup. Several genes are involved in caffeine metabolism, CYP1A2 gene is one such gene responsible for making the liver enzyme, CYP1A2. This determines how quickly your body processes and eliminates caffeine from your blood stream. We can c...

May 22, 2016

The old adage goes " you are what you eat", but now we say " you are what your mother eats and you are what your grand mother eats" - yes! it's all about the gene - food interactions and it plays a major role in determining our health and well being. The way we fuel our bodies with the foods we eat are all impacted by our genetic make up. Like wise, food and its nutrients directly and indirectly influence our gene expressions.

This in turn dictates dietary needs and requirements of an individual for instance, the response to food varies from individual to individual explaining why some people can eat as much as they want and never gain weight. Thus, the emergence of personalised nutrition can provide solutions to emerging problems in public health domain by reducing the risk and prevalence of nutrition related diseases.

Unlock your DNA and explore a new you! Read more about personalised nutrition published on the journal of nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics at this link http://www.ncbi.nlm...

June 12, 2015

It is so ironic that three out of four Indians have no milk tolerance says a recent study and the country is the world’s largest producer of dairy products and also their largest consumer.In the Indian dairy land, cattle have a long history in India, considered as an icon of worship in ancient times and even now in some places. From there, India has grown to become the world’s largest producer of dairy. Traditionally Indians processed milk through fermentation to produce cheese, dahi, paneer, buttermilk and consume them as the lactose is broken in these products in contrast to the present day milk & milk based beverages.

Three out of four Indians have no milk tolerance says a recent study and the country is the world’s largest producer of dairy products

Many Indians consider themselves as lactose tolerant, meaning their ability to digest lactose, a sugar present in milk. Recent studies say that three of out four Indians have no milk tolerance, which again questions ancient wisdom which e...

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