The short answer: It will most likely end up being a waste of your money and time.
The long answer: Your DNA is an important aspect of your current and future health as it is the blueprint to possibilities, but not necessarily certainties. Your diet, lifestyle and environmental influences are far more significant in determining supplement recommendations compared to genetic findings.
Here’s an example. Let’s say you discover you have a significant MTHFR variation which slows your MTHFR down by about 70%. You then want to know what supplement to use and how much. Some companies will provide this information for you. They will base their recommendation merely on your genetic finding. Since you have a 70% slow down in a gene that makes methylfolate, they figure you should take 1 mg of methylfolate every day.
This does not take into account if you’re eating leafy green vegetables or organ meats. If you’re eating folic acid enriched foods or drinks. If you’re supplementing already with a multivitamin or a B complex. Perhaps you’re drinking alcohol, taking Methotrexate or undergoing chemotherapy. Perhaps your homocysteine is low and not high.
As you can see, it’s the wrong thing to recommend supplements based on genetic findings alone.
Your MTHFR genetic finding means that you are susceptible to methylfolate deficiency. It does not guarantee it.
We recommend that you read the ‘Dirty Genes’ book to obtain more information on how to address these areas based on your symptoms and StrateGene report.
In our vast clinical experience and observation of functional test results, we have learned that recommending supplements to ‘treat genes’ does not work because your genes may not be causing a problem. The epigenetic regulators mentioned in your StrateGene report for particular genes often hold more weight than the gene SNP itself.
Dosages are dependent on many factors such as weight, age, other supplements and medication interactions, as well as sensitivities. Again, in our clinical experience, one dosage does not fit all, and chronically ill people need to work with someone who understands how to use safe dosages in these areas.
We highly recommend that you work with a Certified StrateGene Practitioner (CSP) who will look at your genes, these three crucial areas in your life, and most importantly your signs and symptoms that often provide the most information on your gene expression, to find the best personalized protocol for you.