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"JOINCIRCLES enables you to own your medical data. After buying a DNA test here, we’ll send out your DNA kit on the next working day. When your kit arrives, swab the inside of your cheek and call our courier to collect – follow the simple instructions in the kit. The lab will take around 14 working days to analyse your DNA, from the time they receive your DNA sample. When your results are ready, I'll email them directly to you. To get the full value from your results, we highly recommend that you contact a healthcare practitioner from our ‘Practitioner Circle’ to take you through your results. This will help you understand how and where to focus your efforts. They will also suggest the most relevant blood, blood spot and urine biochemistry tests that you can do going forward, to measure and track your risks and potentials based on your unique genetic variations. After your consult, you could book a wellness coaching appointment with Margie to get you started and keep you on track. Once you have your DNA, you can start shopping personalised nutrition, environment and lifestyle choices on This is how you start on your journey towards optimal wellness! Please contact me if you need help choosing the right test and/or practitioner for your needs". Dr Heidi |

Welcome to your unique DNA-based diet and lifestyle prescription. Please be assured that your genes are NOT your destiny. There is a two-way interaction between your DNA and your lifestyle. Many health concerns can be reversed and/or prevented by assessing risk factors and implementing appropriate nutrition and lifestyle measures.

The results of this test will provide you with a personal genetic profile within the context of 8 pillars of health and wellbeing: digestion, metabolism and blood sugar, stress, immunity, nutrients, stimulants, exercise, and sleep.


The report investigates 24 genes that affect health and wellbeing categorised into our 8 Pillars of Health & Wellbeing below. The report also comes with a supplementary 20-page Nutrition & Lifestyle Guide to help you better understand and follow the personalised advice and information given in the report.  The 8 Pillars of Health & Wellbeing: Digestion - Gluten and lactose intolerance,  serotonin sensitivity Metabolism - Insulin secretion, increased appetite, weight gain and loss, obesity and type 2 diabetes risk Stress - Ability to cope with stress, pain tolerance, cortisol (stress hormone) regulation, blood pressure, and electrolyte balance  Nutrients - Need for and ability to metabolise folate (impacting methylation), protein, carbohydrate and fats, omega-3, vitamin B12, and vitamin D Stimulants - Caffeine sensitivity, alcohol metabolism, the impact of adenosine Immunity - Susceptibility to increased inflammation, histamine intolerance  Exercise - Power vs endurance, injury risk, recovery Sleep - Circadian rhythms, early bird/night owl, melatonin receptivity



  • An easy to reference report for YOU to start becoming healthier
  • Functional Medicine inspired analysis of the genes tested

Genes tested

 The following genes are tested in the VitaGEN test:

  • ACE
  • ADH1B
  • COL1A1
  • COMT
  • CYP1A2
  • DAO
  • FKBP5
  • FTO
  • GSTM1
  • HLA-DQA1
  • HNMT
  • LCT/MCM6
  • LEPR
  • MTNR1B
  • NOS3
  • PER1
  • TCF7L2
  • TCN2
  • TNF-A
  • VDR
  • 5-HT2A

Sample type

Buccal/cheek swab

Turnaround time

3-4 weeks

Sample report

How to read your results

  • Red or amber icons on the left indicate your genetically susceptible pillars to which you should pay attention and follow the advice offered. These are likely to be the areas where you need particular support.
  • The green icons represent your genetic 'pillars of strength' but that doesn't mean you should ignore the areas completely.

What is DNA

DNA is your body’s instruction manual, controlling every single function from when you were only made up of a few cells, until now. It looks like a twisted ladder, made up of two halves - you inherit one half from your mother, the other from your father. This combination is what makes you, you.

Each ‘rung’ of the ladder contains two ‘letters’ of DNA code called nucleotides which bond together in pairs: A (adenine) and T (thymine) bond together, as do C (cytosine) and G (guanine).

Genes are portions of the ladder which use combinations of the nucleotide code to perform specific functions.

What are SNPs

Over time, due to environmental and lifestyle factors, minor changes called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) occur in the DNA code and are passed down from parent to child, from generation to generation. Remember the nucleotides? Well, a C might be replaced by a T, changing the instructions given to a gene.

Some changes are positive, making us stronger and more resilient (like being able to digest milk after infancy), some negative (like being likely to store more fat as a result of past famine or food shortage) and some make no difference at all. SNPs can be passed down on just one side of your ladder, from one parent, or from both, enhancing the effect.

SNPs are generally what we are looking for when we test your DNA.

Pair with these tests

If you wish to measure and track 'how' the above genes may be expressing in realtime within your biochemistry, we recommend the following tests:

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