The cover story for the September 12, 2011 issue of Time Magazine features an article by Dr. Mehmet Oz, surgeon, author and talk show host, which shares his dietary recommendations for optimal health. In the article, Dr. Oz recognizes the UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) as a “leader in the growing field of individualized nutrition, studying what’s known as nutrigenomics: the link between genes and diet.” Dr. Oz continues, “The science is a comparatively new one, but the early reports are tantalizing.”

According to NRI director Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD, “It’s exciting to see influential people like Dr. Oz recognizing our work. Nutrigenomics is a rapidly developing a new body of knowledge that is changing research and practice in human nutrition. At the NRI, we are using nutrigenomic profiling to identify common subgroups that differ in nutrient requirements. As we continue to unravel this field and apply this knowledge, we will be able to make personalized nutrition recommendations that can make people healthier. Long term, the NRI’s work has the capacity to provide solutions to some of our greatest health challenges.”

The UNC NRI is dedicated to developing the field of individualized nutrition — understanding variance in people’s DNA, metabolism and nutrient requirements and how these differences impact health outcomes. The NRI’s discoveries are leading to individually tailored nutrition recommendations that will allow people to customize their diets in order to maximize wellness and reduce risk of disease.

To read the Time Magazine article in its entirety, follow this link,http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2091389,00.html