New research by scientists at USANA, the Salt Lake City, Utah-based nutritional company, has discovered that what we eat and drink may have a significant impact on how our genes are regulated.
In a new study published in the journal Nutrients, USANA scientists discovered the chemical signatures found on DNA (termed DNA methylation) were different in subjects who consumed whole fruit versus 100 percent fruit juice. These distinct signatures are linked to different cell-signaling pathways and immune cell functions, suggesting that whole fruit and juice may not confer the same health benefits and should not be thought of as nutritionally equivalent.
“We remain at the forefront of scientific research and the development of technology to improve human health,” said Myron Wentz, Ph.D., Founder and Chairman of the Board of USANA. “USANA was founded on a commitment to developing nutritional products based on science. This study helps to continue this legacy, shining a new light on the cell-signaling pathways which drive the interactions between our diet and immune health. We took a unique approach to identifying these cell-signaling pathways by using epigenetics, furthering our goal of personalized nutrition.”
“We are thrilled to share the findings of this study,” said Rob Sinnott, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer at USANA. “Our hope with each scientific discovery is that we continue to take steps to creating healthier and more fulfilling lives.”
To read the study in its entirety, click here.