Example 1: Can you rely on plant-based carotenoids for vitamin A?
The biologically active form of vitamin A, retinoic acid, is responsible for maintaining a healthy immune system, gut, and skin barrier. BCO1 is a gene that helps activate beta-carotene into retinoic acid and is crucial for the health of your immune system, gut, and skin.
While the generic answer is to ensure you get enough vitamin A is to eat more plant-based food, this may not be true for you!
Eating more plant-based carotenoids will not do the trick if you carry genetic variants that reduce BCO1 function. Instead, you may need to consume more active vitamin A (retinol) from animal sources. This app provides you with the information you need to make informed decisions for optimizing vitamin A.
Example 2: How Well Can Your Gut Absorb Vitamin C?
The SLC23A1 gene enables your small intestine to absorb vitamin C. A specific mutation in this gene can reduce the amount of vitamin C your gut can absorb, potentially leading to vitamin C deficiency.
Depending on your genes, you may benefit from increased vitamin C intake, such as by eating more vitamin C-rich foods and/or supplementation.
Your genes also play a role in the impact of stress and alcohol upon vitamin C levels. This app will analyze the genes associated with vitamin C and will provide you with a genetic report with clear solutions for optimizing your vitamin C levels.
Example 3: Is Your Gut Hospitable for B12-producing Bacteria and B12 Absorption?
The FUT2 and FUT6 genes are very important for the health of your stomach. For example, these genes help protect against Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infections, the most common cause of stomach ulcers.
H. pylori infection not only damages the stomach lining, it can also decrease your body's ability to absorb vitamin B12.
This app includes an analysis of your FUT2 and FUT6 genes and provides personalized insights for ensuring your vitamin B12 levels are optimized.
Where should I get my genes tested?
You can use the raw DNA data you receive from any DNA testing company, such as 23andMe, Ancestry, FamilyTreeDNA, MyHeritage and Dante Labs. Just be aware that not every testing company will include each and every SNP analyzed by this app.
The genetic analysis and statements that appear in this app have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration. The Sequencing.com website and all software applications (Apps) that use Sequencing.com's website, as well as Sequencing.com's open Application Programming Interface (API), are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.