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Is this a DNA test?

No. The Ixcela test measures metabolites—not DNA.

The Ixcela is not a DNA test.

The Ixcela gut microbiome test measures 11 metabolites that are related to, directly controlled by, or secreted by the gut microbiome. They include:

  1. 3-Methylxanthine
  2. Indole-3-Acetic Acid 
  3. Indole-3-Lactic Acid 
  4. Indole-3-Propionic Acid 
  5. Kynurenine
  6. Serotonin
  7. Total Indoxyl Sulfate
  8. Tryptophan
  9. Tyrosine
  10. Uric Acid  
  11. Xanthine

From there, these metabolites are mapped to different systems of the body that they support such as Gastrointestinal Fitness, Immuno Fitness, Emotional Balance, Cognitive Acuity, and Energetic Efficiency.

Your Ixcela results will show scores in these five categories of health (not individual metabolite levels), and provide personalized recommendations on how to improve each score. 


You may find this video helpful: The Importance of Taking Care of Your Gut Microbiome. Erika Ebbel Angle, Ixcela's CEO and co-founder, talks about three of these metabolites and why they are important indicators in overall health. 


You may also find this article helpful: How is Ixcela different than other gut microbiome tests?