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Genetic Testing

DNA mind reports on associations in the following areas:

  • Neurodegenerative disorders – mild cognitive decline & late onset Alzheimer’s disease
  • Mood disorders – Depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder & post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Addictive behavior – Risk for alcohol, nicotine, cannabis & opioid dependence, psychosis response from cannabis use, eating disorders (binge eating), ‘adrenaline seeking’/risk-taking behavior

Neuropsychiatric disorders account for up to 25% of all disability-adjusted life years (Gatt et al 2015.). Whilst the heritability of these mental disorders is significant, environmental factors also play a key role in their etiology. Genetic variations involved in key biological processes that contribute toward the risk of development of mental health disorders may give insight to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

The DNA mind test analyses 30 genes which have been shown to have significant associations with key mental health disorders.

Clinical Value

Knowledge of an individual’s genotype will provide diagnostic insight and assist in determining optimal treatment strategies for individuals suffering from, or at risk for, mental health disorders.

Genes included in the test are involved in key biological areas related to mental health. These areas include:

  • Lipid metabolism
  • Inflammation
  • Methylation
  • Neurotrophic, dopaminergic & serotonergic pathways
  • Endo-cannabinoid pathway
  • Cell-signalling

DNA mind Report Provides:

  • Identification of the level of impact of any genetic variants
  • An explanation of their impact on the specific biochemical area
  • An explanation of each area’s impact on mental health

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The DNA Health test is designed to optimize well-being and health by personalizing lifestyle and diet choices and, where necessary, using supplements tailored to offset any particular nutritional deficit based on specific gene variants.

The DNA Health approach assists the healthcare practitioner in establishing the optimal nutrition necessary for good health, longevity and disease risk mitigation. Diet is a key factor in determining genomic stability as it impacts on all relevant pathways:  exposure to dietary carcinogens, biotransformation, DNA repair and synthesis, and apoptosis. Current recommended dietary allowances for vitamins and minerals are based largely on the prevention of diseases of deficiency. However, because diseases of lifestyle are partly caused by damage to DNA it stands to reason that we should focus our attention on defining optimal requirements of key minerals and vitamins for preventing genomic instability.

Additional attention should be paid to individuals with genetic polymorphisms that alter the bioavailability of specific micro-nutrients and the affinity of specific key enzymes for their micro-nutrient co-factor.

Clinical Value

  • Highlights specific metabolic pathways that may require extra support
  • Provides recommendations that involve optimization of quantities of certain nutrients, vitamins and minerals
  • Suggests whether an individual is better able to reduce their cholesterol levels through diet, as opposed to through medication
  • Provides an indication of the degree of susceptibility to the harmful effects of carcinogens ingested in the diet

The DNA Health Test Report provides: 

  • The level of impact of any genetic variants identified
  • An explanation of their impact on health
  • Appropriate nutritional and lifestyle recommendations

The results are divided in sections of key metabolic function, so that genetic weaknesses and strengths within a functional area can be easily identified. 

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One of the first products of its kind in the world, DNA Diet tests for 15 genes that impact metabolism and exercise. The genes comprising the DNA Diet test have associations with body weight and body mass index,  and all meet stringent criteria for utility in genetic screening tests.  We provide a detailed report with recommendations that include dietary changes and an exercise programme.

Genes involved in regulation of energy expenditure, appetite, and fat metabolism, all play an important role in weight regulation. In fact 40% to 80% of the variance in body weight is due to genetic factors. This helps to explain why not everyone gains or loses weight while following the same diet, despite being exposed to similar environments. Identifying an individual’s responsiveness to diet and lifestyle modification to control weight can be extremely advantageous.

Genetics determines an individual’s susceptibility to obesity when exposed to an unfavorable environment. It also explores the way a person responds to diet and exercise.

While healthy nutrition may in certain cases result in weight loss, this depends on many factors. The DNA diet provides a tailor made nutrition and exercise program. Healthy eating and exercise may result in weight loss, but this is not guaranteed.


Clinical Value
  • Provides strategies for weight management based on genetic make-up
  • Provides motivation to individuals with a goal to lose weight
  • Provides an understanding of why previous weight management programs may have  been unsuccessful
  • Provides insight to which diet type (i.e. Mediterranean style, low carbohydrate, low fat diet) may be most suited to an individual to manage weight, based on genotype 
The DNA Diet Test Report provides:
  • The level of impact of any genetic variants identified 
  • An explanation of their impact on weight management
  • Appropriate nutritional and lifestyle recommendations.  This includes weight management priorities, diet plan principles, exercise planning and how to calculate MET hours

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DNA Sport examines various biological areas that impact training responsiveness and sporting performance. These include soft tissue and bone formation and remodeling; inflammation; oxidative stress; oxygenation influenced by blood flow and respiration; energy and fuel production; and metabolism during exercise. Knowledge of gene variations that influence these key biological areas can be used to exploit any genetic advantages and identify any weaknesses that need to be supported, through diet and the training strategies.

Clinical Value

Suitable for the recreational athlete and the elite performance athlete, it provides information to optimize:

  • Power and endurance – physiological factors
  • Structural integrity – tendon pathology and injury risk
  • Recovery – training patterns and nutrition


The DNA Sport Test Report provides:

  • The level of impact of any genetic variants identified
  • An explanation of their impact on sport performance, injury and recovery risk
  • Appropriate nutritional and lifestyle recommendations in relation to health and sports  performance, including power and endurance, athletic potential and key training principles, injury and recovery

See a Sample dnaSport Report