I viewed this presentation on inflammation this morning. I realised that in my clinical work I never had to really explain to patients what inflammation was as most were either in intensive care or on a surgical ward.The difference was we could check blood results or the actual wounds for inflammation. However more recently most chronic diseases such as obesity,Type 2 Diabetes, Heart disease and the aging process are associated with low grade inflammation. Reducing inflammation is crucial but eliminating it is not realistic as the healing process depends on inflammation.
Nutrigenomic profiles measure susceptibility to inflammation on the TNF-a and IL-6 genes (some companies test more). In reality SNP´s on these genes do not always relate to circulating levels of the inflammatory markers. Therefore Nutrigenomic results need to be put in context by a trained Nutrigenomics practitioner who will also consider your medical, family and dietary history and recommend a course of action accordingly.
It seems that for now, a lot of education needs to be done to educate and inform consumers as to what the implications of inflammation are. Needless to say, those individuals who show genetic susceptibility but are free from any signs of chronic diseases (such as a high BMI) will need to be supported with dietary and lifestyle advice to maintain a healthy weight and a healthy brain.
I think most people opt for a supplement like fish oil or CoQ10 for health reasons, but possibly in the future we could recommend functional foods that have anti-inflammatory properties with great bioavailability in adequate doses.