My Personal Product Review: Ancestry DNA – Genetic Testing Ethnicity

Product: Ancestry DNA – Genetic Testing Ethnicity Ancestry DNA - Genetic Testing Ethnicity
Price:
$59.00 <– Click to check the updated pricing
Size:
4.8 oz
Where to get it:
Amazon
My rating:
4 out of 5

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Product Overview


Ancestry DNA testing kit is the number 1 selling DNA test to determine your ethnicity, and it can help find and connect families all over the world using DNA matching. Ancestry DNA covers over 350 regions around the world and provide 2x more geographic details than the other tests.

Using the raw data from Ancestry DNA, you can also get a report to determine whether you have a genetic mutation in one of your genes. You can do so by visiting MTHFR Support. The report will be expressed in a special language of genetic coding. Therefore, in order to understand the result, you will have to locate a practitioner who can read and interpret this information for you.

My Personal Review


I got this DNA testing kit because I was curious about what ethnicity I was and I also wanted to find out if there is any genetic mutation in my DNA. As most of you know, I have some mental illness and other health issues and it seems to run in the family. The process of doing the test was very quick and easy. You will find everything you need in the kit and you basically give your saliva sample and ship it back. Unfortunately, I was not so happy when the result came out. I am Japanese and I knew the result would say that but I expected to see maybe 0.000001% of something else. Instead, the result simply said “100% Asian”, which was disappointing to say the least.

However, the reason why I gave this test 4 out of 5 rating is that I was still able to use its raw data and get a valuable insight into my DNA. According to the report, I have MAO-B gene mutation. Mutation with MAO-B can indicate the likelihood of developing Parkinson’s disease and depression as MAO-B enzyme is responsible for breaking down dopamine, which plays an important role in regulating mood. This finding was an eye-opener for me! For the first time, I felt a sense of validation in a way as to why I struggle so much with mental illness and now I know what I’m working with.

That is why I gave this product a rating of 4 out of 5 because it truly helped me understand my own health in such a scientific and advanced way.

Ancestry DNA - Genetic Testing Ethnicity

Pros and Cons


Pros

  • Affordability
  • The test can not only determine your ethnicity but also find your DNA matches around the world
  • Its raw data can be used to check for genetic mutations, which is helpful in understanding your health better

Cons

  • If you are Asian, you might get “100% Asian” reading.
  • You would have to go through a different company to get a genetic coding report

Conclusion


Despite the disappointing yet funny ethnicity test result, I still recommend this test for those who might want to understand themselves and their health better. The test is only done once with no need for repeating like the other lab tests. Considering its affordability and valuable insights it can provide for a better understanding of your genes, I say this is a great product with reasonable pricing. Please let us know your findings in the comment section below if you decide to give this product a try and feel free to ask any questions πŸ™‚

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  1. Wow. This article is really informative. Family members have already done our family trees so I never considered doing the test. But finding out that they can determine your genetic breakdown puts it on my to do list. My mom has had Parkinson’s for over 20 years and is now beginning to decline. Her bothers as well as a niece have been taking Parkinson’s medication for many years due to shaking. Both stomach and pancreatic cancer run in the family as well. It’s kind of scary but sometimes necessary to find out what the future might hold. Thanks so much.

    1. Denise,

      You’re very welcome. I agree, it is kind of scary at first but then having the insight into our own health and what we need to look out for could really save ourselves. I believe there are more types of genetic mutations but I do not remember them all. It sounds like Parkinson’s disease definitely runs in your family but it might be helpful to get your genes checked out to see if you have that specific mutation. I know that some genetic mutation don’t pass on to every single child but I’m not an expert in this area at all. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your insight on this product πŸ™‚ Please let us know if you decide to give it a try.

  2. Great review! I was also very curious about my DNA ethnicity and had a test done about a year ago. My outcome was a little more detailed, there was quite a mix of European countries and even a small percentage of Bantu African! Who would have guessed! I didn’t know about the health aspect of the test, so thank you for explaining this, I will look into this a bit more. πŸ™‚

    1. Nuria,

      Interesting! Did you do your testing with Ancestry DNA or 23 AND Me? If you have done the test already, you might be able to just access your raw data and get the report without having to re-do the test. Let me know if you have any questions πŸ™‚

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