When it comes to supplements, one size doesn’t fit all, but without understanding how our unique bodies work, it can be a bit of a guessing game. A DNA analysis can indicate how well you’re likely to absorb key nutrients such as vitamin D, omega 3, vitamin B12, B9 (aka folate), B6, iron, vitamin A and vitamin C.
Here’s how a VITL DNA test will reveal the perfect way to supplement for your genes:
Did you know that high iron levels and low iron levels have very similar symptoms but are both equally as damaging to health?
A DNA test can indicate whether or not this is something you should be keeping an eye on.
For example, your genetics can indicate how well you are able to absorb iron by looking at the TMPRSS6 gene, which will show whether you’re predisposed to have low, normal or high levels of iron in your blood.
Although there are many sources of iron in the diet, it’s much harder to absorb from plant-based sources so if you’re unlikely to absorb iron easily and also follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, then it’s all the more important to monitor your levels and consider supplementing.
Do you find yourself feeling sluggish and foggy-headed?
This could be a possible sign of low folate (vitamin B9) levels. Specifically, you may have a variation of the gene MTFHR that might mean you are genetically predisposed to be less efficient at processing folate. This specific gene variant will result in difficulty converting the folate from the food you eat into the active form your body uses.
In this case, it would be beneficial to supplement folate that is already in its active form so that 100% can be absorbed.
Vitamin B9 is also important prior to pregnancy, supplementing preconception and during the early stages of pregnancy has proven to greatly reduce the risk of babies developing neural tube defects such as spina bifida and support the development of your baby.
A DNA test will also reveal your predisposition to having IBS which can have a big impact on how well you absorb vitamins and minerals from food.
If this is the case, you’ll be recommended ways to identify if this is something to watch out for and how to manage it with diet and supplements, such as probiotics.
Additionally, you’ll find out how your body responds to alcohol, which can restrict the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals, especially if you’re sensitive to it.
So not only will a DNA test show you which vitamins and minerals you’re at risk of being low or deficient in, it will also show you other factors you need to take into consideration when thinking about how to supplement for your body, such as gut health and ensuring those nutrients are in the correct form for your particular body.
So perhaps you find out you need the methylated version of B9? Or that you need an extra dose of vitamin D? Or perhaps you need to take a probiotic along with your vitamins? VITL can customize a supplement pack tailored to your DNA results so you’ve got everything your body needs in handy, daily strips. Get started today and understand what your body needs with insights that will last a lifetime.
See part 1 of the series: How to Manage Your Cravings with the New VITL DNA Test
See part 2 of the series: How to Supercharge Your Workout with the New VITL DNA Test