Choose Healthier for You
Genetics determine our unique metabolic response to various food items. While most of us metabolize caffeine well, others who drink coffee add to their risk of hypertension, heart attack and diabetes. For some, alcohol provides added protection against heart disease, while others are salt sensitive or gluten sensitive. Lower levels of vitamins and minerals may be due to genetic variation in absorption and metabolism in certain people. The science of nutrigenetics reveals why different people respond differently to the same food.
Choose healthier by better understanding your body and how it interacts with your diet. One affordable test, lifetime value.
What we test
Scientifically proven genetic markers that interact with your diet in health and disease states.
Precious insights to base your nutritional choices upon.
Antioxidant capacity, hypertension, heart attack, diabetes
Drinking coffee is good for you. Or bad for you. It depends on the news item you are currently watching. But the scientific answer is that: it depends who you are.
Genetic studies have discovered that some people benefit by drinking coffee, while others are at risk by it.
Our simple and affordable test can tell what’s caffeine for your body: a healthy antioxidant boost, or a factor promoting hypertension and diabetes.
Hypertension, cardiovascular disease
Salt-sensitive individuals are at higher risk for high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
Many people carry a genetic makeup that results in reduced metabolism of excess sodium.
Are you genetically prone to salt-sensitivity?
Make Gene-Informed choices for a healthier diet.
Milk products digestion
Many adults lose the ability to digest lactose, up to a stage were intake of dairy products is accompanied by abdominal cramps, bloating, flatulence and diarrhea.
The lactase enzyme is responsible for lactose metabolism. Genetic variations in genes regulating its production determine how well can you digest milk products.
Including Celiac (Coeliac disease)
For some, gluten-free diet will solve their stomach discomforts, bone and joint pain, headaches, or fatigue. Since gluten-sensitivity and Celiac are highly genetic disorders, our simple test would reveal how your body responds to gluten.
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Homocysteine and folate deficiency
High homocysteine level is associated with neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, hearing loss and even migraines. In addition, individuals with high homocysteine levels are at a 3-fold increase in risk for premature cardiovascular disease.
The majority of individuals with high levels of homocysteine carry the MTHFR variation, which decreases up to 66% of the body ability to metabolize folate (vitamin B9).
Identify your risk now and learn how to cancel it.
HDL cholesterol, hypertension risk
Moderate consumption of alcohol holds some health benefits, such as countering hypertension and heart disease.
However, this affect is noticeably significant among people with a certain variant in the CETP gene, a gene involved in regulating the "good" HDL cholesterol levels.
Some alcohol may be good for you, so drink responsibly and drink to your health!
Immune system, bone health
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that the body obtains from animal-derived foods, such as fish, liver, cheese and egg yolk, as well as vitamin D-fortified food items. Vitamin D is crucial for calcium absorption, bone health and immune system.
Vitamin D deficiency is usually associated with limited sun exposure or vegan diet, however certain genetic set-ups also predispose to deficiency.
Immune system, anti oxidant and more
Deficiency in vitamin C affect up to 17% of some populations. While dietary intake, smoking, body weight and physical activity are all known determinants of serum vitamin C levels, studies show that there is a substantial genetic factor predisposing for deficiency.
Individuals with a GSTT1 gene variant tend to have a 40% reduction in vitamin C compared to others, even when dietary intake and all other determinants are equal.
Anemia, memory loss, psychosis and more
Vitamin B12 is involved in DNA synthesis and regulation, energy production and red blood cells production. Vitamin B12 deficiency is clinically associated with anemia, neurological disorders like mania, psychosis, and cognitive impairment such as memory loss. Low B12 levels elevates methylmalonic acid and homocysteine.
Most cases of vitamin B12 deficiency are due to poor absorption. Heritable genetic variations are accounted for at least a third of all B12 malabsorption cases.
Anemia, Immune system, seborrheic dermatitis
Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, play its roles in various metabolic pathways, such as amino acid conversion, synthesis of hemoglobin and synthesis of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. Deficiency can lead to anemia, seborrheic dermatitis, high homocysteine levels, impaired immune system and neurological problems.
The ALPL enzyme is involved in the clearance of vitamin B6.
Variant carriers show a more efficient clearance rate of the vitamin. On average, carriers of one copy of the variant show up to 18% lower vitamin B6 levels, while homozygotes have up to 42% lower levels.
Vitamin B3 (niacin) is an important cofactor of the LPL enzyme, which catalyzes a key step in the removal of triglycerides from the blood. It also contributes to cardiovascular health by raising HDL-Cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol) levels.
Individuals carrying the LPL variants must consume adequate amount of dietary niacin. This common genetic predisposition, along with low consumption of niacin, triples the risk for the Metabolic Syndrome (dyslipidemia, obesity and diabetes).
Deficiency and overload
Iron is involved in energy production and oxygen transport throughout the body, as part of the blood hemoglobin and muscles’ myoglobin. Low levels of iron may lead to anemia, while iron overload is toxic to the organs.
Genetic variation is responsible for most of the iron overload cases, and up to half the cases of iron deficiencies.
Osteoporosis, heart rhythm, muscle function
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our body. It constitutes bones and teeth, and is also required in maintaining heart rhythm, muscle function and more. Calcium deficiency can cause rickets and delay development at young age, or lead to osteoporosis at older age.
Genetic variation in several genes is known to reduce absorption of calcium.
Chronic diseases, inflammation, memory
Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids has various health benefits. It helps lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis, reduce inflammation and support memory and cognitive performance.
Sufficient dietary omega-3 is beneficial for the general population, but it is especially important for people with certain genetic variants.