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Dynamic DNA Labs Review: Skin DNA Test and Nutrition DNA Test

When you think of DNA testing, you likely think of Ancestry.com and their genealogy/family history records. Coincidentally, it was Ancestry.com that led me to Dynamic DNA Labs and their specialized DNA testing. Funny enough though, it wasn’t my test results, but my son’s, that brought about real questions and why I sought answers.

The following Dynamic DNA Labs review will explain why I took a skin and nutrition DNA test, the process for each test, the results, and whether Dynamic DNA Labs is worth it. I’ll also answer FAQ about Dynamic DNA Labs and give you an exclusive offer, just for Revoupon readers.

Dynamic DNA Labs Review: Skin DNA Test and Nutrition DNA Test

Why I needed DNA testing

I am a 39-year-old guy with 4 kids who never knew his mom. I don’t say that for sympathy, but to set up this story. Since I never knew my mom, my 13-year-old son has always been curious about his ethnic background. My father told me my whole life that my mother was 100% Italian. My wife was adopted from South Korea and in 2019 she took an Ancestry.com DNA test to learn about her heritage. To her disappointment, she was 100% Korean. She wasn’t disappointed with being Korean, she had hoped there was some other Asian descent.

So, my son had established that he was 50% Korean but what about the other 50%? We believed that he was 25% English/Welsh and 25% Italian based upon what my father had told me about our family’s side and my mom’s. Still curious, for Christmas in 2020 we purchased an Ancestry DNA kit for my son. The results were shocking. Despite not knowing the other side of my family, I took pride in being Italian. I rooted for Italy in the World Cup as a kid, I loved Sopranos, and learned how to cook Italian food from scratch.

As it turns out, not only was my son not 25% Italian but I wasn’t even 1% Italian, nonetheless 50%. In addition, there was also no Welsh in the bloodline. I can’t say for sure how these signals got crossed and this misinformation grew, but for nearly 40 years I had been living a lie. Luckily, this lie isn’t the kind that had any real impact on my life. Sopranos was a great show and I still love Italian food, but now it was time for answers.

Ancestry.com Results
Ancestry.com Results

What is Dynamic DNA Labs testing?

Armed with more questions than answers about my heritage, I was curious to know more. I had heard that heritage can impact many factors in life from Lactose Intolerance to predisposition to Cancer. So, I sought out more answers. Ancestry no longer offered their personalized health + ancestry report, so I had to find a new solution. I came across a few DNA testing sites for health, but while researching oral swab DNA testing accuracy, I found Dynamic DNA Labs. Unlike other DNA sites, they had a Google my Business with real reviews and an actual location in Springfield Missouri. They also had 5 stars and offered a slew of DNA testing options.

What Dynamic DNA Labs test did I take?

I opted to take 2 tests from Dynamic DNA Labs. Of the four proactive health tests I decided not to take the personality tests and fitness tests. My reasoning here was that personality isn’t something that can be changed or altered, and fitness is more of a choice. If I am predisposed to Alzheimer’s there’s not much that can be done for that. If I am predisposed to being overweight, I can see that happening and it’s up to me to make the necessary changes to combat it.

On the other hand, skincare and nutrition are two things that can be changed easily with some insight. So, I opted for the Skin DNA Test and Nutrition DNA Test. I’ve tested and reviewed some of the Best Men’s Skincare Products for Revoupon, so I thought it would be interesting to cross-reference those products against the results of this test.  Since I was so vastly wrong about my heritage, I also felt it would be smart to know if I was predisposed to any health conditions, food reactions, and what essential vitamins I could be missing.

Dynamic DNA Labs Testing Process

My testing kits arrived in 5 business days from the date of my order. It arrived in a small, somewhat discreet, black box. If you’re getting a paternity test sent, the discretion might be welcome, but for me it was a non-issue. Here’s what was in the box:

  • Information on each kit
  • Two sterile swabs
  • One envelope for personal information to package the swabs
  • One postage paid envelope for returning the test

It took longer to unbox, register the kit, and read the enclosed material than the test itself took. Testing is simple. I opened one swab and vigorously swabbed the inside of one cheek in a circular motion, removed the swab, broke the handle off and placed it in the envelope. I then repeated that process on my other cheek. That was it, test done, ready to go.

I packed up the test and brought it to the local USPS. Luckily, I went inside to hand it directly to a postal employee. The employee told me the envelope couldn’t be placed through their typical postage paid system because of the thickness of the swabs enclosed. As a result, I was going to have to fork over a whopping $3.65 to mail it back. All joking aside, the money wasn’t the issue here. Had I dropped it at the desk without talking to someone, I don’t know if the sample would’ve made it to its destination. Given that the total cost of these two tests was $229, that could’ve be a serious issue.

And now we wait

I registered the kit on Aug 23, 2021 and sent it out the next day. It took six days for the kit to arrive at Dynamic DNA Labs, confirmed on August 30th. I received the result on Sep 16, 2021, just a hair over two weeks later. Their sites says that results can take 3-4 weeks due to COVID, so I was pleasantly surprised by the quick turnaround. During my waiting period, I received an offer from Dynamic Labs for personalized vitamins. Given that I hadn’t received my results, I found this a bit suspicious and didn’t purchase them.

Dynamic DNA Test Results

After a couple of weeks of waiting for results, I was excited to see an email directing me towards the results. During the waiting period, I had logged in to the Dynamic Labs site to check the status, to which I was met with a “processing” status. The results were simple to find:

  • Click the MY TEST drop down in the menu
  • Click on VIEW RESULTS on the relevant test
  • You will then see a QUICK GLANCE report where you can click LEARN MORE about each Result
  • You can also DOWNLOAD/PRINT the full report

The quick glance and subsequent learn more areas seemed underwhelming at first. It wasn’t until I downloaded the reports that I understood the value and the breadth of the information provided. The Skin DNA Test was 34-pages, and the Nutrition DNA Test was a whopping 52-pages.

Each section in the report has a subcategory of the test with a risk ranging from reduced to increased risk. It gives a concise and understandable breakdown of why this category is important and what it might mean to your health. The next section consists of treatment options available including activities and behavior, diet, supplements, topical (if applicable), and professional procedures.  Additionally, there are references for additional reading and information. Lastly, marker test information about the SNP/Gene and Genotype is included – though the information is irrelevant to me and likely will be to you.

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Skin DNA Test Results

The two main factors that interested me in the Dynamic Labs DNA Skin Test were nutritional needs and texture/elasticity. I’ve been testing men’s skincare for Revoupon and finding great products with positive results. I hoped that I would find a key in my DNA to picking the right skincare, without the Russian roulette of blindly testing. Dynamic Labs results, in fact, did tale the guess work out of skincare for me. I won’t dive into the specific, and personal, results I received. Instead, I will outline the factors that Dynamic Labs reported on.

The report I received was in-depth and thorough, thirty-four pages of thorough to be exact. The five main categories they tested for are listed below. Click each category to get an expanded view of what was tested in each category.

  • Cellulite
  • Collagen Degradation
  • Stretch Marks
  • Varicose Veins
  • Antioxidant Response
  • Detoxification
  • Pollution Defense
  • Dry Skin
  • Glycation and Accelerated Aging
  • Freckles
  • UV Damage and Sunspots
  • Melanin Production and Tanning
  • UV Repair
  • Acne
  • Sleep Quality
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Folate
  • CoQ10

Nutrition DNA Test Results

Nutrition has always been a struggle for me. I am one of the lucky ones though. My metabolism has always been extremely fast, and I don’t struggle with my weight. What I do struggle with is gaining weight and packing on muscle when I work out. There are also some GI issues that seem to run in my family, though I am not impacted by those yet. I say yet, because I am hoping the insight from Dynamic Labs may help me steer clear of those issues.

As with the skin report, the Nutrition DNA Test was thorough. In this case, it was fifty-four pages of useful information related to dietary requirements, exercise, and more. Below are the five main categories of testing. Clicking on any category will expand the section to show each factor tested by Dynamic Labs.

  • Tendency to Overeat – Individuals with an “A/A” or “A/G” genotype at this location are considered to be more likely to overeat on a regular basis.
  • Eating Dis-inhibition – Eating disinhibition describes the tendency to excessively eat in response to a stimulus, such as when you have a favorite meal, are under stress, or are out at a social gathering.
  • Satiety – The term satiety is better described as the feeling of fullness that you experience after a meal.
  • Snacking – Healthy snacking throughout the day can be an effective way to reduce hunger cravings and the tendency to overeat.
  • Bitter Taste – Several SNPs within the TAS2R38 gene determine whether you are a “taster” or “nontaster” of bitterness. Depending on your results at SNPs
    rs176866, rs10246939, and rs713598 you may be a “taster,” which means that you are far more sensitive to perceive foods as more bitter.
  • Umami Taste – Umami is a flavor that is often associated with Japanese cuisine, especially broths and cooked meats.
  • Metabolic Rate – There are many different factors that can regulate your metabolism, but recent genetic findings have uncovered a marker in the LEPR gene that can influence your metabolic rate.
  • Obesity – Your risk for becoming obese is largely due to a combination of lifestyle choices and genetics.
  • Response to Dieting – Individuals with one or more copies of an “A” allele to have better and more longlasting results from a calorie-restricted diet with regards to metabolic markers, such as insulin and triglyceride levels.
  • Weight Loss and Regain – People who have two copies of the ‘G’ allele at this location have been found to be more likely to gain weight back following a weight loss program.
  • Best Diet for Weight Loss – If you have struggled with finding the right diet for weight loss in the past, then you may want to consider trying again with
    the diet suggested for you in this panel.
  • Loss of Body Fat in Response to Exercise – Individuals with one or more “G” alleles at position rs328 in the LPL gene have been shown to have an “Enhanced” ability to burn fat as a result of exercise.
  • Detoxification
  • Oxidative Stress
  • HDL Cholesterol
  • LDL Cholesterol
  • Triglyceride Levels
  • Blood Sugar Levels
  • Iron Levels
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Folate
  • Omega-3 + Omega-6
  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
  • Peanut Allergy
  • Gluten Sensitivity
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Alcohol Flush
  • Caffeine Metabolism
  • Optimal Diet Type
  • Monounsaturated Fats
  • Polyunsaturated Fats
  • Sensitivity to Salt

Dynamic DNA Labs Pros and Cons

DNA TESTING PROS

Insights into health based upon your heritage
Simple to take mouth swab DNA test
Great value for the information provided
Actionable items in your report

DNA TESTING CONS

Risk is not a guarantee
A lot of information to process and read
Can take up to 1 month for results
Some unnecessary/over-complicated info

Dynamic DNA Labs Review: Final Thoughts

It took much longer than expected to complete this Dynamic DNA Labs Review because the amount of information was overwhelming. In total, I received eighty-six pages of information and insights into my heritage-based health. With my lack of genetic background, the insight into my health was, in my opinion, necessary.

I was applied some of the dietary, supplemental, exercise, and food reaction recommendations to my everyday life with positive results. I feel more energized, and I’ve upped the number of days and elapsed time I spend at the gym each week. I am seeing a stabilization of weight, as opposed to a drop in weight from my increased exercise which I usually see. I realized a few weeks in that I had also cut down on Coffee. In fact, a few times a week I am hitting the gym before my first cup of coffee. That’s a huge deal for me, as I am usually 2-3 cups in by lunch. Lately, I am maxing out at 2 cups of coffee a day.

I would absolutely recommend Dynamic DNA Labs if you have ever had any questions about your heritage or concerns about health. Dynamic Labs also offers family and ancestry testing.

I received my results in 16 days, but the Dynamic DNA Labs site says expected times are 3-4 weeks.

Testing is simple. Open a swab and vigorously swab the inside of one cheek in a circular motion, remove the swab, break the handle off and place it in the envelope. Repeat the process on the other cheek.

The genotyping technology used by Dynamic DNA Laboratories is over 99% accurate. [99.82% call rate, 99.99% reproducibility].

Dynamic DNA will never share your results with anyone. They don’t share or sell your data, and don’t upload your DNA to any database, anywhere.