Bioactives are non-nutrient compounds in certain foods that can influence biochemical processes that impact our health on a daily basis.
Did you know that food talks to our genes?
Bioactives cannot be found on a label at your favourite store. These ingredients are prescribed by nutrigenomic practitioners in order to up regulate or down regulate gene expression. This process can be described as turning a light switch on, or off.
Let’s start with a basic salad.
Lettuce, tomato, cucumber and some green pepper, right! If you’re feeling adventurous, you may add some feta cheese.
Why not use bioactive ingredients to make a basic salad into an Nrf2 activation kit!!
1) Swap the basic lettuce for a mix containing baby spinach, rocket (arugula) and watercress.
2) Chop some raw broccoli into the mix
3) Add some peppery radishes
4) Slice some raw cabbage and combine with a dressing of fresh lemon juice, cold-processed virgin olive oil and a drop of ‘real’ honey.
These small changes can have a big impact on your future health outcome.
By using bioactive foods to up-regulate Nrf2 pathways, you may activate your body’s own internal defence system that fights chronic disease and damages DNA.