Epigenetics and Cancer

There have been great advances in the field of epigenetics, which is the study of environmental factors such as diet and toxins that can influence gene expression.

There was a longheld belief that genes had a permanent plan for our biology. We now know that some genetic markers for cancer will not necessary be “expressed” and that we can, via epigenetics therapy, effect gene expression.

For example, piperine, a nutrient compound found in black pepper, has an epigenetic effect. This means that it can change or reduce the expression of specific cancer genes, even ones that are programmed for cancer. Researchers have found that piperine may be a potential agent for the prevention and treatment of human breast cancer as it reduces HER2 overexpression.

Even though this is a new science, the research strongly indicates that individuals may benefit from its application today.


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