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Vitagene Review: What You Should Know Before Buying

Vitagene Review: What You Should Know Before Buying

About Vitagene

Vitagene, a DNA testing company, was co-founded by Mehdi Maghsoodnia and Dr. Reza Malek in 2014. The company aimed to improve individual health and wellness based on genetic testing. Initially, Vitagene started with supplement recommendations by collecting diet and lifestyle data. Gradually the company grew to provide skincare products, personalized diet and fitness regimens, and ancestry reports. Vitagene aims to collect enough health data to draw evidence-based conclusions on why people get sick and disease prevention.

Vitagene Products & Services

Vitagene provides a range of products:

Health+ Ancestry Reports

This bundle covers the following reports:

- Diet Report
- Supplement Report
- Exercise Report
- Ancestry Report

DNA Health Upload Report

This option allows you to upload your DNA data to get the following reports:

- Diet Report
- Supplement Report
- Exercise Report

Premium Report

This kit enables free updates to user reports based on recent research. It covers the following reports:

- Diet Report
- Supplement Report
- Exercise Report
- Ancestry Report
- Skin Report

Vitality Bundle

This bundle provides all the reports included in the health+ancestry bundle, along with monthly personalized supplements and nutritional coaching.

Smart Supplements

The supplements range from vitamins, minerals, hormones, and bacteria that help users optimize their health and lifestyle goals.

Apart from these, Vitagene offers a COVID-19 at-home test kit. It was the first FDA Emergency Use Authorized at-home COVID-19 saliva test. Customers can collect a saliva sample and mail it to the lab with a provided FedEx overnight shipping label. Results will arrive within 72 hours of the lab receiving the DNA sample.

Getting Started

Once customers create a Vitagene login, they can either order a swab test or upload raw DNA data for testing.

You can check out our DNA raw data download guides here

How To Download Your Raw Data From FTDNA

How To Download Your Raw Data From AncestryDNA

How To Download Your Raw Data From 23andMe

How To Download Raw Data From MyHeritage DNA

Users also need to fill an online questionnaire about their lifestyle and goals. They can also purchase their choice of product. Vitagene then uses an algorithm developed by medical experts to generate its reports.

Overview of Reports

The Vitagene Health Report consists of the following:

Vitagene Diet Report

With the Diet Report, you can get insights into how genetics influence your diet.

It also includes customized meal plans, tailored calorie breakdowns, information on food sensitivities, insights on MTHFR gene mutations, etc.

Here’s the entire list of traits included in the report:

- Customized meal plans
- Ingredients w/ calorie breakdown
- Tailored macronutrient percentages
- Gluten Sensitivity
- Lactose Sensitivity
- Caffeine Metabolism
- Fat Metabolism
- MTHFR Gene Mutation Detection
- Omega 3 Fatty Acid Level
- Saturated Fat Level
- Polyunsaturated Fat Level
- Monounsaturated Fat Level
- Carbohydrate Metabolism
- Alcohol Metabolism
- Cholesterol Levels
- Triglyceride Levels
- Sodium Intake & Blood Pressure

Diet Report Traits Page

Source: Vitagene Website

Detailed Trait Page

Source: Vitagene Website

Vitagene Supplement Report

The report recommends supplements for you based on your genetic profile, goals, and health conditions. It includes personalized supplement plans, dosages, and even supporting scientific research.

Here’s the entire list of traits included in the report:

- Your Top Recommended Supplements
- Specific Dosages
- Reason for Recommendation
- Over 13 Essential Vitamins & Minerals
- Your Genetic Risk Level by Nutrient
- Scientific Research
- SNPs & Genotypes (including MTHFR)
- Personalized Recommendations and Plan

Supplement Report Page

Source: Vitagene Website

Vitagene Ancestry Report

The ancestry report reveals your global ancestry and includes an interactive ethnic map and regional percentages.

Ancestry Report page

Source: Vitagene Website

Vitagene Skin Report

The report analyzes your genetic risk for common skin conditions like freckles, tanning, acne, eczema, dry skin, etc. It also includes personalized skincare recommendations.

Here’s the comprehensive list of what you’ll get with the report:

- Skin Trait Description
- Percent Genetics vs. Lifestyle
- Genetic Risk Level
- SNPs & Genotypes
- Skincare Recommendations
- Scientific Research

Vitagene Exercise Report

The report provides suggestions on the best exercise types and intensity of workouts based on your genetic makeup. It analyzes your response to exercise and provides a personalized fitness plan.

Here’s the entire list of traits included in the report:

- Ability to Build Muscle
- Muscle Cramps
- Interactive Workout Planner
- Power vs. Endurance Body Type
- Exercise Behavior
- Weight Response to Exercise
- Blood Pressure Response to Exercise

Vitagene Pricing

Vitagene offers products ranging between the price point of $49 to $289.

- Health+ Ancestry Reports ($99)
- DNA Health Upload Report ($49)
- Premium Health+ Ancestry Report ($139)
- Vitality Bundle ($289)
- COVID-19 at-home saliva test ($117)
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Shipping charges may apply based on your order.

About Vitagene Privacy

Vitagene collects personal information from its users during registration. It also gathers health information using the online questionnaire and testing kit information.

Vitagene stores DNA samples and results using barcodes for identification. Users can decide whether their DNA samples can be destroyed or stored. It also says customers can delete their data from the company at any time.

The company monitors user activity and uses cookies to improve user experience. They also promise not to share information with any third parties. They use Security Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption technology to protect personal details like login credentials and genetic data.

For further information, read the Vitagene privacy policy.

What People Say: Vitagene News & Reviews

Vitagene On News

In 2019, Bloomberg reported that DNA test service Vitagene exposed thousands of client records online.

Vitagene Reviews

Vitagene Reviews on Trustpilot (2.9/5)

Vitagene Review on DNA Testing Choice (4.5/5)

Vitagene on Twitter

Vitagene on Reddit

You can read user success stories on the Vitagene website.

Summary: Pros & Cons

Pros

- The company provides the option to delete information
- Users can access a nutritional coach online
- Reports provide personalized recommendations based on your genetic profile
- Kits are affordable compared to other testing companies

Cons

- Vitagene only analyzes raw DNA data files from 3 websites
- The company has a data breach history
- Recommendations are generic and vague
- Vitagene only ships within the US

VitageneXcode LifeType of genetic testingDNA kit and raw data analysisDNA raw data analysisAncestry reportsOfferedNot offeredHealth reportsNot offeredOfferedPharmacogenomic reportsNot offeredOfferedRaw data uploadOnly from 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and MyHeritageDNA raw data from all major providers accepted. Comprehensive listNumber of reports513PricePrice point ranges from $49 to $289Reports: $10-$40Bundles: $49-$99Price detailsFree toolsNil3 free tools (Gene Tool, DNA raw data merge, DNA raw data convert) available for allSample reportsOnly 3 — available on the websiteAvailable as detailed report walkthrough videos

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