DNA Vitamin Metabolism Test
DNA Vitamin Metabolism Test
Genetic testing for micronutritional deficiencies
What is the best diet? Today, we know that the question should instead be: what is the best diet for you? Because every person is different. Your genes can tell you more about which vitamins, minerals and other nutrients you should pay particular attention to.
The cerascreen® DNA Vitamin Metabolism Test analyses gene variants of 26 selected genes in a saliva sample. This gives you an indication of whether you are predisposed to develop deficiencies in the following nutrients: antioxidants, vitamin B12 and folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin D and calcium, iron and unsaturated fatty acids.
- State-of-the-art DNA analysis of the different genetic variations
- Professional analysis in a certified medical laboratory
- Recommendations on how to meet individual nutrient requirements
- Based on current scientific findings
- Results within two weeks after sample arrival
Information about the DNA Vitamin Metabolism Test
Collect a saliva sample
The DNA Vitamin Metabolism Test kit includes a cotton swab and a sample tube, which you can use to take a small saliva sample from the oral mucosa – that is, the inside of your mouth – in the convenience of your home.
Activate your DNA Vitamin Metabolism Test
Enter the test ID listed on the test ID card in your secure My cerascreen user account on our website or on our app. You will then need to answer a short survey, so that we can give you personalised recommendations.
Send a saliva sample
Mail in the saliva sample tube to the medical laboratory by using the free return envelope.
In the medical laboratory, 26 gene variations are analysed for specific genetic variations that are associated with vitamin metabolism and other nutrients.
Receive a personal report with the results of the DNA analysis. Among other things, it will answer questions such as: are carbohydrates more likely to cause weight gain rather than fat? How do your genes affect your appetite? How does your DNA influence your muscle power, endurance and contraction?
High quality standards
All samples taken with the cerascreen® test kits are analysed in a medical laboratory. All of our lab partners meet our high quality and safety standards.
Advantages of our DNA Vitamin Metabolism Tests
Your genetics can provide you with nutritional recommendations: a DNA analysis will tell you whether you need to increase your nutrients intake – for example, certain vitamins or minerals. This helps you to tailor your diet to your specific needs.
The cerascreen® DNA Vitamin Metabolism Test provides you with a DNA analysis based on the state of the art in biotechnology. You don’t have to make appointments or go to your doctor. Collect the saliva sample for the DNA Vitamin Metabolism Test simply, discreetly and conveniently at home. The professional analysis is carried out by a specialised medical laboratory.
Take advantage of our expertise: cerascreen® is the market leader for at-home medical sample-taking and mail-in kits in Europe, with eight years of experience in the development and analysis of tests. We have developed more than 50 different approved sample-taking and send-in kits (medical products), analyse around 150,000 samples per year, and serve 19 different European countries.
Your test results
As soon as your sample has been analysed, you will receive a notification via the My cerascreen® app or your user account on our website for your test result. You can view your results on your smartphone, tablet or computer; you can also print them out.
Through the laboratory analysis, you will learn how you can interpret the characteristics of the 26 analysed genetic variants. Find out how to prevent possible nutrient deficiencies through clear recommendations. Extensive health information in the report explains how vitamins and nutrients are related to your health.
Frequently asked questions about metabolism and the DNA Metabolism Test
Why test the vitamin metabolism and nutrient requirements?
People have varying needs for nutrients – for example, some people absorb larger amounts of vitamins. Others absorb particular nutrients less efficiently from food. Others tend to be at risk of disease, which they can counteract with an adequate intake of minerals and vitamins.
Which nutrients your body particularly needs is also determined by your genetics. If you know your genetic predisposition and your metabolism better, you can ensure you receive a sufficient supply of the required nutrients - for example, with nutrient deficiency tests, a targeted change in diet or nutritional supplements.
The cerascreen® DNA Vitamin Metabolism Test provides you with information on how your DNA determines your nutrient requirements and what you should focus on when it comes to your daily diet.
Please note: If the DNA analysis shows an increased risk of a nutrient deficiency or disease predisposition, it does not automatically mean that you will develop these! These genetic predispositions are probabilities and indicate the possibility of certain health problems emerging. Moreover, the recommendations regarding a balanced diet that meets needs are also useful for people who do not display these predispositions.
Who should take the DNA Vitamin Metabolism Test?
The DNA Metabolism Test is an excellent choice for anybody who wants to ensure an optimal intake of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. The information gained from the DNA Vitamin Metabolism Test helps you to identify crucial nutrients and to take targeted countermeasures through nutrient deficiency tests, nutrition and supplements.
For some people, these insights are particularly interesting: lifestyle, illness and diets such as veganism can influence how high your nutritional needs are for certain nutrients. If you already have special requirements regarding your vitamin and mineral intake, it can be useful to learn about your genetic preconditions for nutrient needs as well.
How does the DNA Vitamin Metabolism Test work?
For the DNA Vitamin Metabolism Test, take three small saliva samples from the oral muscosa – that is, the inside of your mouth. Three cotton swabs are included in the test kit to take these samples; place these in the test tubes after use. You can then send the saliva samples back to us to be analysed in the specialist medical laboratory.
The specialised laboratory performs complex DNA sequencing. This means that the components of the DNA can be analysed in great detail. How long the analysis takes depends on the quality of the sample provided – sometimes, the laboratory has to repeat the analysis several times. Therefore, in individual cases, it can take up to four weeks until you receive the test result.
What do I need to consider when I take the DNA Vitamin Metabolism Test?
The higher the quality of the sample, the faster and easier it is for the laboratory to analyse it. You can help by observing the following guidelines for collecting samples:
- You should not eat or drink anything for at least half an hour before taking the sample.
- Do not brush your teeth or use mouthwash during this time.
- Do not smoke in the half hour before the test is done.
- The sample must be stored in a dry place for 24 hours before it is sent off. During this time, the specimen dries across the aeration membrane at the bottom of the test tube.
What does the results report tell me?
Based on the 26 genes analysed, the results report provides you with information about genetic characteristics with regard to your requirements concerning the six nutrient groups. In each case, you will receive a possible interpretation of whether your gene variants require a normal or increased dosage of vitamins and nutrients.
The levels of the following nutrients are analysed:
- Vitamin B12 and folic acid
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D and calcium
- Unsaturated fatty acids
What kind of recommendations will I receive?
In each case, you will receive specific recommendations on how to consume the appropriate dosage of various vitamins and nutrients – depending on how well your metabolism works.
We will also provide you with general tips for a healthy diet that you can use in your everyday life.
Why do I need antioxidants?
You may need to increase your antioxidants intake if your body is prone to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when there are too many free radicals in the body – oxygen molecules that can damage the genetic material of cells. Antioxidants are the antagonists of free radicals and can curb their effects.
You can cater to this requirement through your daily diet: we take in antioxidants through a range of nutrients, including phytochemicals, zinc, selenium, iodine and vitamins A, B2, C and E.
Why do I need vitamin C?
Vitamin C has an antioxidant effect and is involved in numerous important processes in the body – for example, in immune defence, in the formation of collagen and hormones and in the transport of fatty acids.
Although a vitamin C deficiency is rare in the Western world today, it can have serious consequences, such as impaired wound healing, anaemia and bleeding gums.
If your genes indicate you need more of this vitamin, it makes sense to pay extra attention to the intake of vitamin C-rich foods. These include many berries, citrus fruits, peppers and green vegetables, such as kale and spinach.
Why do I need vitamin B12 and folic acid?
A gene variant can increase the risk of elevated levels of the amino acid homocysteine in the body. This, in turn, can increase the likelihood of atherosclerosis and other circulatory disorders.
You can counteract this by ensuring an adequate supply of folic acid and vitamin B12. This is because the two nutrients regulate the production of homocysteine and counteract an excess of it.
This is particularly relevant for people who are vegetarian or vegan because vitamin B12 is found almost exclusively in animal products. Vegans should therefore regularly check their vitamin and nutrient intake levels and take vitamin B12 supplements.
Why do I need vitamin D and calcium?
Vitamin D and calcium are essential for healthy bones. Vitamin D controls calcium absorption in the intestine. Calcium, in turn, is absorbed into the bones and makes them stronger.
That is why vitamin D deficiency has been shown to have a major impact on the risk of developing diseases such as osteoporosis (bone loss) and osteomalacia (softening of the bones), among others.
If your gene variants indicate an increased risk of bone loss, it is therefore worth checking your vitamin D and calcium levels. Many people in Europe lack vitamin D, which our bodies produce with the help of sunlight.
Why do I need iron?
Iron is crucial for the production ofblood cells. Your body needs the trace element to transport the blood pigment haemoglobin and to supply the entire body with oxygen. An iron deficiency usually leads to anaemia in the long run.
The iron your body can best absorb comes from animal foods, such as liver, red meat, herring and chicken eggs.
You should be aware of possibly needing to increase your iron intake if you are a vegetarian or vegan. To ensure that you can optimally absorb iron from plant-based foods, such as whole grains, legumes and tofu, you should combine them with a diet rich in vitamin C.
Why do I need unsaturated fatty acids?
They are considered the healthy fats – the unsaturated fatty acids and especially the omega-3 fatty acids. Among other things, omega 3 counteracts inflammation, improves blood circulation and has a positive influence on cholesterol levels.
In today’s Western diet, however, many people consume very insufficient amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and too many of the unhealthy saturated and trans-fatty acids.
Omega 3 is mainly found in fatty fish and some vegetable oils, such as rapeseed, walnut and linseed oil. If you don’t eat fish, it may be worthwhile turning to omega 3 supplements – especially if an analysis of your gene variants reveals a need to increase your omega 3 intake.
Who is the test not suitable for?
The DNA Vitamin Metabolism Test is not suitable for or is only suitable, to a limited extent, for certain groups of people:
People with infectious diseases must not take the DNA Vitamin Metabolism Test .
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should only use the DNA Vitamin Metabolism Test under medical supervision. The reference values and recommendations do not apply to them, so they should ask their doctor for recommendations regarding the test results.
The DNA Vitamin Metabolism Test is not suitable for children under 18 years of age.
The test is not meant to diagnose diseases. For example, if you suffer from severe pain or suspect a deficiency, consult a doctor.