Compared to the 16S gut microbiome test, the qPCR DNA test are more specific to a particular disease and more economical. The test principle is using real-time fluorescent quantitative PCR technology to detect several specific species of bacteria. After data analysis, the risk of intestinal health and various sub-health problems could be assessed.

To meet the needs of different customers, we divided the qPCR DNA test into six major combinations:

Meanwhile, probiotics are the most important group of bacteria in the human gut which can promote the intestinal micro-ecological balance of infants and young child, inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria, enhance intestinal barrier function, improve immunity and synthesize various nutrients. Therefore, probiotics play a critical role in the health of infants and young children.

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1. Infant Probiotics Testing Panel

 

From the time of the newborn baby to the age of three, these infants are in the 1000-day window period of developing gut microbe flora. The development of the intestinal flora in this period will have a great influence to the intestinal health and the establishment of the immune system in infants and young children. Also, it will affect the risk of several diseases such as eczema, asthma and gastrointestinal diseases.

It is recommended that infants and young children with the following risk factor(s) to undergo quantitative intestinal probiotics testing, including:

> Caesarean section and non-breast-feeding infants

> having experiences of using antibiotics during infections

> Having digestive problems such as chronic diarrhea and constipation

> Developed allergic diseases such as eczema, asthma, nasal sensitivity and food sensitivity

> child with habit of picky eating

> Suitable for infants aged 0-3

2. Core Microbiota and Probiotics Testing Panel

After a comprehensive literature reviewing process, ten species of bacteria have been selected as they could be detected in the intestine of most healthy individuals. These floras play different roles in the human health and reduce the risk of developing different diseases. For instances, Akkermansia muciniphila (Akk) can reverse obesity which was caused by high-fat diet and reduce the concentration of harmful bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in the blood. Moreover, this kind of bacteria could reduce the risk of insulin resistance and its associated cardiac metabolic complications. Therefore, the lack of some core microbiota may increase the risk of various diseases such as obesity/metabolic syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, allergies and eczema.

 

On the other hand, this combination also quantitatively detects eight different probiotic species. Probiotics are the most important group of bacteria in the human gut, which can promote our intestinal micro-ecological balance, inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria, enhance intestinal barrier function, improve immunity and synthesize various nutrients. Therefore, it plays an important role in our health.

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When the proportion of harmful bacteria in the intestine is higher than that of healthy individuals, the risk of obesity increases. Conversely, if the proportion of beneficial bacteria is higher than in other healthy individuals, the risk of obesity is reduced. Therefore, understanding the bacteria that may cause obesity in your gut through qPCR DNA testing will help you gain weight control and maintain a healthier posture.

 

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3. Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome Testing Panel

"Metabolic syndrome" is a collective term for multiple high-risk pathogenic factors. Factors include central obesity, hypertriglyceridemia, high cholesterol level, high blood pressure and high blood sugar level. People with "metabolic syndrome" are three times to five times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease or diabetes than the other healthy individuals.

Central obesity is a metabolic syndrome that Hong Kong people are most concerned about. Obesity is a state of the body that has accumulated too much body fat and has a negative impact on health, which may lead to shortened life spans and various health problems. For example, obesity increases the chances of developing fatty liver, high blood pressure, high blood fat, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, partial cancer, degenerative arthritis and other diseases.

Traditionally, the medical profession generally agrees that the main causes of obesity often include excessive calorie intake, lack of exercise and physical problems, and other factors such as genetic defects, endocrine abnormalities, drug effects, and mental illness may also cause obesity. However, recent scientific research has also pointed out that the good or bad of intestinal microflora is related to metabolic syndrome/obesity.

4. GI Tract Pathogen Testing Panel

There are many different pathogens (bacteria, parasites and viruses) in the intestine that cause poisoning, diarrhea and constipation. For example, common symptoms of Salmonella infection include vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain, or fever. If you fail to receive appropriate treatment on time, serious fatal complications such as dehydration and septicemia may occur. However, it is worth noting that not every person who has a positive result for an intestinal pathogen will develop symptoms, since everyone's response to different pathogens is slightly different. However, if the intestinal pathogens continue to breed, it will increase the frequency and severity of diarrhea and constipation. On the other hand, some intestinal pathogens increase the risk of colorectal cancer and seriously endanger our health.

Therefore, using real-time fluorescent quantitative PCR to analyze the proportion of intestinal pathogens can help you understand the cause of diarrhea or constipation, and your risk of developing intestinal disease due to intestinal pathogens.

 

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Excessive Staphylococcus aureus in the intestine alters the bacterial distribution and metabolic response of intestinal bacteria. This change will increase the risk of food allergy, asthma, allergic rhinitis and eczema. As a result, checking whether there are excessive allergic and eczema-related bacteria in the gut can reduce your risk of developing allergic-related diseases.

 

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5. Allergy and Eczema Testing Panel

 

Allergies are a series of symptoms caused by some allergens in the environment that originally have little effect on the general population. Over-reaction of body against allergens may lead to asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis and food allergies. Symptoms may include runny nose, itchy rash, red eyes, difficulty in breathing, etc. In recent years, studies have found that intestinal microbiota and allergies are closely related.

Eczema is a skin disorder caused by allergies. Symptoms include itching, redness and blisters on the patients' skin. In severe cases, skin weeping and thickening may occur. Eczema is a very troublesome disease for modern people. Scientists generally believe that the causes of eczema may be based on the following factors:

1. Genetic
2. Damage to the stratum corneum barrier / dysfunction
3. Over-response
 in immune system 

4. Imbalance in the skin and intestinal microbiota

 

6. Gut Dysbiosis and Toxin Testing Panel

There are many microbes in our gut that release toxins and harm our health. Each toxin-secreting microorganism may lead to different symptoms and thus there are different coping strategies. In recent years, clinical studies have found that these toxins may weaken digestive function of the intestines, cause constipation and excessive growth of harmful bacteria. Some bacteria increase the intestinal inflammatory activity and secrete toxins to damage the gut barrier and the immune system. Based on the above scientific evidence, we recommend using real-time fluorescent quantitative PCR to detect those toxin-secreting microorganisms in the intestine and then cooperate with precise treatment to protect your intestinal health and strengthen immunity.

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