Caffeine is a natural alkaloid substance renowned for its stimulant properties and is mainly contained in coffee, tea and chocolate. One of the best-known effects of caffeine is its ability to act as an excitant that can temporarily “delay” the feeling of fatigue, improve reflexes and the ability to concentrate, and have a mild analgesic action.
Caffeine is metabolized in the body by the enzyme Cytochrome p450 1A2. Each person has two copies of the CYP1A2 gene. Variants in this gene determine whether one is a fast or slow metabolizer of caffeine.
Method of collection: SALIVA
The test is able to identify the predisposition of an individual to be a fast or slow metabolizer especially with a view to preventing possible diseases or disorders.
The test is recommended for anyone consuming large amounts of caffeine (more than 2 or 3 cups of coffee or 200 mg of caffeine per day), as if they possess genes that encode a slow metabolization of caffeine, excessive consumption may pose risks of cardiac damage and increase the risk of heart attack.