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Code Nutrition... Thoughts?


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So I got an offer to try this "service" and figured I'd toss it out for T-Nation to scrutinize...

www.codenutrition.com

Apparently you send in a DNA sample and they test it to see what you "Need" according to your blood.

I think that it sounds a bit fishy. It sounds to me like the whole "send in your DNA" thing is going to just get tossed away while they send you a standard pack of vitimins.

For those who don't want to click the link:

"How it Works
It starts with you.

What is DNA?
DNA, short for �??Deoxyribonucleic Acid,�?? is the master molecule of life. It is present in every living cell of the human body, and serves as the �??code�?? or �??blueprint�?? governing various cellular and bodily processes. Specific sections of DNA are called �??genes,�?? and all of our genes together are called our �??genetic sequence�?? or �??genetic code.�?? Every person has a unique genetic sequence �?? different from any other human being. These genetic differences are what cause variation among individuals and essentially determine all biological traits and physical attributes, including susceptibility to disease.

Why are Genetic Differences Important?
DNA works by instructing the body to produce proteins that regulate the transportation, uptake, and absorption of important vitamins and minerals. Scientists are able to analyze specific genes to determine the body's effectiveness at producing critical proteins. The human body depends upon such proteins to utilize the essential micronutrients needed for proper cellular function and optimal health. Code Nutrition uses recent advances in genetic testing, including analyzing Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms or �??SNiPs,�?? and creates customized nutritional supplements that match your unique genetic profile.

The importance of getting the �??right�?? nutrition
Scientific discoveries over the past several years have shown that a person�s genetic makeup is an important component of the processes that determine daily nutritional needs. Overall health is the product of complex interactions between genes, diet, activity level and exposure to various environmental factors. Using the latest advances in genetic research, Code Nutrition scientists create personalized nutritional supplements tailored to the unique genetic profile of each individual. This may assist in achieving optimal daily health.

Recent Scientific Advances
Two exciting fields of study, Nutrigenomics and Nutrigenetics, have emerged, utilizing advances in genetic research. Nutrigenomics is the study of the effect of both diet and genetics on overall health, and examines changes in protein production and metabolism based on nutritional intake. Nutrigenetics examines genetic differences among individuals and combines nutritional and dietary changes to attempt to augment overall health. Code Nutrition utilizes both nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics to provide customized nutritional solutions for health-conscious individuals. Please see our Bibliography for a list of references to studies discussing such fields of study.

Micronutrients are critical for proper protein function
The Human body has nearly 30,000 distinct genes that encode over 100,000 different proteins necessary for the human body. Many proteins require specific vitamins and minerals in order to function properly. Therefore, regular and appropriate nutritional intake is a component of proper protein function.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Can good nutrition make up for bad genes?
Unique DNA sequences at a single location on a DNA strand are called single nucleotide polymorphisms or SNiPs. Each person has many SNiPs which contribute to his or her unique genetic profile. SNiPs can affect gene activity, genetic efficiency, and can impact the overall outcome of a gene's particular function.

More than one SNiP at a single location can cause changes in a protein which may lead to reduced function of that protein. Varying the intake levels of related vitamins and micronutrients may help compensate for reduced protein function caused by DNA mutation. If the specific DNA sequence is known, then changes in nutrition can be recommended that may compensate for the reduced function of proteins due to SNiP variation.

Supplying Our Bodies with the Right Nutrients
The human body lacks the ability to make many of the vitamins and micronutrients needed to maintain good health. Eating foods rich in nutrients and taking dietary supplements regularly may help to achieve adequate intake. If our diet does not include adequate vitamin and nutrient intake, many proteins produced by our cells may have limited capacity to function properly, resulting in poor health.*

Taking Greater Control of Your Health
Personal health and wellness may be enhanced by giving the body the genetically-based nutritional components it requires. Getting �??coded�?? provides information about how a specific person's DNA determines the specific nutrition they deserve.

Code Nutrition assists health-conscious individuals by creating customized nutritional supplements that support every client's unique nutritional needs. Let Code Nutrition assist you in taking a revolutionary and important step towards optimal health.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease."