Fitgenes Australia is a world leader in offering the latest information on the role the AMY 1 gene plays in starch carbohydrate metabolism. We have developed CarbChoice, a personalised genetic profile report of the AMY1 gene CNV, which determines how effectively you metabolise starch from carbohydrates.
Scientific studies have shown that variations in the human salivary amylase gene (AMY1) differ based on populations, which have traditionally eaten high starch diets, compared to those who have traditionally eaten low starch diets. Variations within the AMY1 gene influence how well your body can breakdown and process starch, meaning that some people can tolerate these carbohydrates better than others. Starch is the most common carbohydrate included in human diets - however, there is a considerable range of variation between cultures of dietary starch intake. Traditionally, "high starch" populations tended to be agricultural societies and arid region hunter-gathers, while "low starch" populations included rainforest and arctic hunter-gatherers and some pastoralists.
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AMY1 is a gene that produces the enzyme 'amylase'.
Amylase is found in our saliva and plays a major role in the digestion of starch, which is a carbohydrate found in grains, legumes, fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Amylase begins the process of carbohydrate metabolism in the mouth.
A lower AMY1 copy number indicates:
Higher AMY1 copy numbers mean individuals are better adapted to a high-starch diet, lower copy numbers means less tolerance.
Test your AMY 1 gene to help you understand:
Anyone who wants to understand how their body metabolises and tolerates carbohydrates and make the best dietary choices for themselves.
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