How is your nutrition?
Adequate levels of vitamins and minerals are needed for growth, repair and maintenance of the human body. Deficiencies increase the risk of certain diseases and can lead to numerous health issues, including fatigue, skin problems, depression, headaches, memory loss, vision problems, reduced immunity and brittle bones. Many genetic variants have been identified that influence how well we absorb, activate and utilize specific vitamins and minerals.
Improve your nutrition based on your genetics
A balanced nutritional intake is essential for a healthy body and mind. But do the thousands of nutrition supplements on the market overwhelm you, or do you just want to ensure you have a balanced intake from dietary sources? Your genetic variation determines how well your body is able to absorb and utilize vitamins and minerals, as there is no “wonder supplement” or “perfect diet” that will work for everyone. A simple mouth swab is all we need to analyze your DNA and identify simple ways to improve your nutritional balance.
Nutritional deficiencies can cause a number of health issues, including:
- Weight gain
- Vision problems
- Cardiovascular problems
- Depression & mood swings
- Skin problems
- Digestive problems
- Diminished immunity
- Osteoporosis & osteoarthritis
One diet plan does not fit all
Everyone has a unique genetic profile and we all require a slightly different diet to obtain enough energy, maintain a healthy body weight and reduce our risk of disease. Common problems associated with a “one size fits all” approach to nutritional planning:
- Unaware of which vitamins and minerals are deficient
- Not knowing why certain vitamins and supplements have no effect
- Taking the wrong vitamins or overdosing on vitamins that you are unable to process properly
Genetic variants identified in this test
An understanding of your genetic variation allows you to customize your diet and nutritional planning. This test identifies variants that affect these vitamins and minerals:
Vitamin A is important for vision, immune function, skin health, bone growth and reproduction.
- BCO1 – affects activation of vitamin A
Vitamin B6 is needed for carbohydrate metabolism, cognitive development, immune function, skin health and hemoglobin formation.
- NBPF3 – increases clearance of vitamin B6 from the body
Vitamin B12 is necessary for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and is required for DNA synthesis and the metabolism of fatty acids and amino acids.
- FUT2 – reduces absorption of vitamin B12 in the gut
Vitamin C is involved in the production of several critical biological molecules (e.g. collagen and neurotransmitters), immune response, wound healing, absorption of non-heme iron, and as an antioxidant to remove toxic byproducts.
- SLC23A1 – decreases vitamin C absorption and distribution
Vitamin D is required to modulate cell growth, aid in immune functions, decrease inflammation and maintain normal bone growth and remodelling.
- CYP2R1 – reduces activation of vitamin D
- GC – reduces efficiency of vitamin D transport and uptake
Vitamin E promotes the immune system, healthy eyes and skin, as well as a number of other metabolic processes.
- APOA5 – influences vitamin E levels
Folate is essential for proper growth and development, and is important for the conversion of the toxic homocysteine amino acid to methionine.
- MTHFD1 – linked to folate-related disorders
- MTHFR – affects activation of folate
Iron is required to make hemoglobin – an essential protein that transports oxygen around the body.
- TMPRSS6 – influences iron absorption from the diet
- TF – influences iron transport
Omega-3 fatty acids are important for normal, healthy metabolism.
- NOS3 – influences triglyceride levels when omega-3 is low
Three Easy Steps
Step 1: Order test kit online
Step 2: Collect DNA sample using a painless mouth swab, and mail to the lab in the provided return envelope
Step 3: Receive your results online
Click here for more details and to watch our explanatory video.
|Vitamins and Minerals Analyzed|
|✓ Vitamin A|
|✓ Vitamin B6|
|✓ Vitamin B12|
|✓ Vitamin C|
|✓ Vitamin D|
|✓ Vitamin E|