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 five major combinations:

 

It is recommended that infants and young children with the following risk factor(s) to undergo quantitative gut health 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 allergy
• Child with habit of picky eating
• Suitable for infants aged 0-3

 

1. Baby First 1000-day gut health 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.

This test will detect bacteria and probiotics commonly found in the early development of gut microbiota. For instance, the diversity and richness of Ruminococcus increase in the gut of 6-month-old healthy infants. Therefore, if Ruminococcus is detected, it may indicate that the gut microbiota is under healthy development. Excessive pathogens will increase the risks of developing various diseases, like allergy and eczema.

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.


Disclaimer: This test is for reference only but not for clinical diagnosis. It is necessary to consult the medical advice.

 

Testing Price: HKD$600 [Order Now]

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 example, studies have found that Alistipes putredinis can reduce the negative metabolic effects caused by high-fat diets. On the other hand, low relative abundance of A. putredinis increases the risk of developing Crohn's disease and Ulcerative colitis. 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 four different probiotic species. Probiotics are the most important group of bacteria in the human gut, which can enhance intestinal barrier function, regulate our intestinal micro-ecological balance, inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria and improve immunity. Therefore, it plays an important role in our health. Through testing, you can understand which probiotics are
lacking in the intestine. It helps choose the right probiotic supplements, which make the intestine healthier and improve immunity. This may reduce the risks of developing obesity / metabolic syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, allergies and eczema.


Disclaimer: This test is for reference only but not for clinical diagnosis. It is necessary to consult the medical advice.

 

Suitable for individuals aged 3 or above, who are concerned about gut health and probiotic colonization

 

Testing Price: HKD$1200 [Order Now]

 

On the other hand, this panel also quantitatively detects six different probiotic species. Probiotics can promote our intestinal micro-ecological balance, inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria, enhance intestinal barrier function, improve immunity and synthesize various nutrients.


Suitable for individuals aged 3 or above, who have obesity or metabolic syndromes or are concerned about gut health

 

Testing Price: $1200 [Order Now]

 

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.

 

Recent scientific research has also pointed out that the gut microbiota is related to metabolic syndrome/obesity. Some bacteria may lead to obesity, while some decrease the risk of obesity. 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. The lack of this kind of bacteria may increase the risk of obesity. Therefore, understanding the bacteria that may lead to obesity in your gut through qPCR DNA testing will help you conduct the weight control and maintain a healthier body shape.

 

Disclaimer: This test is for reference only but not for clinical diagnosis. It is necessary to consult the medical advice.

 

4. GI Toxin Testing Panel

There are many different bad bacteria in the intestine that cause poisoning, diarrhea and constipation. For example, common symptoms of Salmonella 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 intestinal bad bacteria will develop symptoms, since everyone's response to bad bacteria is slightly different. Besides, some bad bacteria may secrete toxins. For instance, some of the genus Bacillus secrete toxins that weaken digestive function of
the intestines and cause excessive growth of harmful bacteria. If these bad bacteria continue to breed, it will increase the intestinal inflammatory activity, damage the gut barrier and the immune system. The frequency and severity of diarrhea and constipation may then rise. On the other hand, some intestinal bad bacteria may increase the risk of colorectal cancer and seriously endanger our health.
Therefore, using real-time fluorescent quantitative PCR to analyze the proportion of intestinal bad bacteria can help you understand the cause of diarrhea or constipation, and your risk of developing intestinal disease due to gut microbiota. Also, the panel includes six-probiotics-detection. Probiotics are the most important groups of beneficial bacteria in the human gut, which can help maintain the gut microbial balance and strengthen immunity.


Disclaimer: This test is for reference only but not for clinical diagnosis. It is necessary to consult the medical advice.

 

Suitable for individuals aged 3 or above, who have diarrhea or constipation, or are concerned about gut health

 

Testing Price: $1200 [Order Now]

This test will use the qPCR technique to analyze your gut micorbiota which are related to eczema and allergy . This test also quantitatively detects six probiotics, which can inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria and then promote the gut microbiota balance.


Suitable for individuals aged 3 or above, who have symptoms of eczema or allergy, or are concerned about gut health

 

Testing Price: $1200 [Order Now]

 

5. Allergy and Eczema Testing Panel

 

Allergies are a series of allergic phenomena caused by some allergic factors in our exposure 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 also closely related.


Eczema is a skin reaction disorder caused by allergies. Symptoms include itching, redness and blisters on the patient's skin. In severe cases, skin weeping and thickening may occur. Eczema is a very troublesome disease for modern people.


Recent scientific research has found that the gut microbiota is related to allergy/eczema. When the proportion of harmful bacteria in the intestine is higher than that of healthy individuals, the risk of developing allergy/eczema increases. Conversely, if the proportion of beneficial bacteria is higher than in other healthy individuals, the risk of allergy/eczema is reduced. For example, excessive Staphylococcus aureus in the intestine alters the microbial distribution and metabolic response of intestinal bacteria. Such change will increase the risk of food allergy, asthma, allergic rhinitis and eczema. As a result, understanding the allergic and eczema related bacteria in your gut can reduce your risk of developing allergic-related diseases.

 

Disclaimer: This test is for reference only but not for clinical diagnosis. It is necessary to consult the medical advice.

 

 

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