I Tried The CircleDNA Test Kit To See If It's Worth The Hype & Price
DNA test kits are all the rage lately
Aside from offering you an ancestry breakdown, they can reveal potential health issues and other personalised health insights.
As a person of mixed-blood living in Malaysia, I was curious to see what a tiny swab of saliva could reveal.
CircleDNA very kindly let me try one of their test kits.
Here's a breakdown of how it works and whether or not it's worth getting:
First things first, there are different types of test kits out there. It's good to research beforehand depending on what you want to find out.
CircleDNA has four types:
1. Vital DNA Test (RM790) – gives you diet, exercise, and lifestyle insights.
2. Health DNA Test (RM2,090) – lets you know your health risks early.
3. Family Planning DNA Test (RM2,090) – offers information on inherited conditions that may be passed on to your unborn child.
4. Premium DNA Test (RM2,590) – a once in a lifetime, comprehensive DNA test kit that gives you over 500 reports and insights into your ancestral roots, health, diet, family planning, and more.
I got to try the Premium DNA test kit, which came in a small, sleek black box. In it, you'll be provided with a saliva test swab.
It's pretty simple to use. All you need to do is swab your inner cheek and send it in a sealed tube back to them. Free shipping is provided both ways. Within a couple of weeks, you'll receive your results via email, as well as on the app.
It's hard to believe that just a swab of saliva can determine everything from your ancestral roots (I was most curious about this one) to any potential health risks and nutrition insights, with 99.9% analytical accuracy — as so it states.
The results are broken down into 20 categories, such as 'Diet & Lifestyle', 'Ancestry Composition', and 'Early Detection' (Cancer risk and dementia & brain health), among others
There's a lot of information to go through and I'll spare you the details. But aside from finding out I have 1.5% Vietnamese blood, I also got to discover fun facts like my breast size is 'likely average', my tolerance for pain sensitivity is 'likely high', and I'm 'less likely' to have an alcohol addiction... lol *sip*
On a more serious note though, the test did determine that out of 16 nutritional needs, I require four nutrients more than others. It even broke down what kind of foods or vitamins I need to increase those nutrients, and what would happen if I do not get enough of them.
You get to find out little facts you might not have thought of. For example, I used to wonder why I tend to sweat more than others while doing sports. The test revealed that my water loss is 'above average', which was an 'aha' moment.
It was also unexpected to discover that I have an iodine deficiency, and that I should choose iodised salt over sea salt. Interesting.
So is the DNA test kit worth getting?
For the amount of details it provides and if you can afford it, yes. These are a few things to consider if you plan to get one:
– Get the right test kit depending on what you want to find out. I really wanted to know what my ancestral roots are because of my mixed parentage. The test did show me my roots, but there was a disclaimer that if you have siblings, different siblings will receive different results. So it may not be a thorough description, unless your whole family does the test as well.
– I don't actually believe some of the categories like 'Success Traits' and 'Music and Dance' are truths to fully live by. But they are just fun facts — if true at all. (For example, it said my Mathematical skills are excellent but I'm pretty sure I suck at Math). :P
– I also wish that the ancestral roots section broke down my composition into more details instead of just giving a general overview.
– It's useful to know what kind of drugs to use with caution and what drugs to decrease dosage/use as directed. (I think this works well for people with certain health conditions).
– If you have any cancer risks or other health risks, the test kit will provide the results. (Although, it does add a disclaimer that the test kit will not replace professional medical diagnosis or "determine medical action". If you must know your actual condition, it's best to just go for a medical checkup.)
– It gives you a rundown of your sleeping patterns, skin risks, sensitivity to pollution, and disease risk. All of these are pretty useful if you are curious about your body, such as how or why it functions differently to others. I find that learning what vitamins I need more than others and what health risks to be aware of are useful the older I get. (Apparently, I have a higher risk of getting Alzheimer's Disease).
– I like that the results provide you with practical solutions, such as "limit your alcohol consumption" or "consume more antioxidants to reduce liver inflammation". It even explains what type of sports I will benefit the most from based on my genes. (It's basketball, football, and table tennis, if you must know.)
The CircleDNA test kit can be purchased here. You can get 33% off on all kits with the promo code: SAYSMY33. Follow @circledna_my on Instagram for more updates.