All you need to know about our DNA testing kits

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Want to get insights into your traits and how your DNA can influence your health and lifestyle?

Our DNA genetic testing kits help you do just that. We use the SNP genotyping process which describes your genetic makeup and helps identify which type of genes you have. Different versions of genes determine different traits.

Evergreen Life DNA genetic testing helps you understand the influence of your genes on four key areas of your wellbeing: diet, fitness, metabolism and skin. For example, it can show your likelihood of vitamin deficiencies, how you break down carbs, whether you’re suited to cardio or strength training, how your skin ages and many more insights. The results are delivered with explanations and steps you could consider to get the best out of your genetics.

The Evergreen Life DNA test will only tell you things that you can actually do something about.  It doesn’t tell you anything about your ancestors or things you can’t act on, like whether you might be predisposed to Alzheimer’s for example.

Get testing!

Our DNA testing kits are available to order from our website by clicking here. Your DNA testing kit will be delivered within 7 working days of confirmation of your order.

What’s in the box?

When your DNA testing kit arrives, you’ll see that it’s really simple to take the test. Rub the cotton bud swab on the inside of your cheek for a good minute – make sure you get all that DNA in your cheek cells on there! Then simply pop it in the post with your pre-paid envelope as quickly as you can. Easy.

Evergreen Life DNA genetic testing kit

Tips to get the best sample

Sometimes samples aren't accepted because they don't contain enough DNA or they can get contaminated. To avoid this, we've got some helpful hints and tips to help you collect the very best DNA sample you can! In your DNA collection kit, there's an instructions leaflet that can help you provide a great sample to send back to the lab. Make sure you read it carefully before you start swabbing! Here's what else we advise:

  • Make sure not to eat, drink, smoke, chew gum, brush teeth, or use mouthwash for at least 1 hour before swabbing your cheek.
  • Clean and dry your hands thoroughly before collecting your sample.
  • Try to avoid touching anything other than your cheek and the swab tube to prevent contamination.
  • With the swab, rub the inside of your cheek vigorously for 1 minute. You are trying to collect small amounts of DNA cheek cells, not saliva.
  • Air dry the swab for 30 seconds before putting it back in the tube to avoid it getting too wet.
  • When you've taken the sample, quickly pop it in the return envelope and post it the same day to avoid the DNA degrading before it gets to the lab.

These are all things we suggest to help you collect the very best DNA sample possible. And giving a good sample means we can provide a more complete, quality set of results for you!

What happens during the testing process?

Here's where the discovery begins! Your sample is tested using a process called SNP genotyping. We'd love to get into more about genotyping here, but why not read our blog on the science behind our tests.

When and where will I get my results?

Results can take 6-8 weeks to arrive back.

When they’re ready, your results will be uploaded to your Evergreen Life app. Simply download the app, register with an account and tap on 'Tests’ section to navigate to your results.  

Your test results are designed to provide you with insights into your health, wellbeing and fitness. You’ll receive your results with an explanation of what they mean and recommendations of how you can get the most out of your genetics.

After looking over your detailed results, you can then start to make changes to your lifestyle to suit your unique DNA.

Want to know more?

Check out our DNA help pages for more information about our DNA testing kits.

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Evergreen Life

Article updated:
April 20, 2018
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