Epigenetic Stress – good for the plant and you

February 8, 2023

Epigenetic stress refers to changes in gene expression caused by external factors, such as environment or diet, rather than changes in the underlying DNA sequence. Not only you, nature and the plants in nature can also experience this stress. When they do, they have the ability to retain a memory of the stress and pass it on to future generations. Doing so results in improved growth and stress resistance. These plants are known as epigenetically stressed plants. Consuming them can have numerous benefits for human health.

Studies have shown that consuming epigenetically stressed plants can improve a person’s ability to resist stress, improve metabolism, and boost the immune system. For example, a study published in the journal of “Nature” found that consuming epigenetically stressed garlic improved the metabolic rate and reduced the levels of oxidative stress in mice. Another study showed that drinking tea made from epigenetically stressed tea plants led to an improvement in the immune system and a decrease in inflammation.

The memory of the epigenetic stress can also lead to increased nutrient content in the plant. For example, epigenetic stress can increase the production of anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant, in blueberries. Consuming these epigenetically stressed blueberries can provide additional health benefits, including reducing oxidative stress, preventing chronic diseases and improving brain function.

Additionally, consuming epigenetically stressed plants can improve gut health by increasing the populations of beneficial bacteria in the gut. The stress experienced by the plant triggers the release of compounds that support the growth of gut bacteria, leading to improved gut health and better overall health.

To be clear, an epigenetically stressed plant is not genetically modified. You are not playing with the genes in the plant. Instead you are using the plants innate capacity and desire to survive to make it strong. Making the plant stronger, helps produce more nutrients. In turn, these nutrients then help you get better, a true case of nature building on itself.

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