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We Took The Viome Gut Test -- Here's Our Verdict
Updated on December 21, 2022
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We Took The Viome Gut Test -- Here's Our Verdict

The gut microbiome consists of “good” and “bad” bacteria, fungi, and other microbes in the intestines. It’s linked to several health aspects, like digestion and the immune system. 

Interest in the effects of these microbes led to the proliferation of gut microbiome testing. In this review, let’s talk about one of the companies offering such testing—Viome. 

Quick Facts on Viome Gut Test

  • Offers two at-home testing kits and two monthly subscriptions
  • Uses mRNA technology to identify gut microbes
  • Uses artificial intelligence (AI) to interpret findings and provide recommendations
  • Tests require blood and stool samples
  • Tests not FDA-approved
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Meet the Expert

Dr. Rizza Mira is a medical doctor and a general practitioner who specializes in pediatrics, nutrition, dietetics, and public health.

As a pediatrician, she is dedicated to the general health and well-being of children and expecting parents. She believes that good nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, and prevention of illness are key to ensuring the health of children and their families.

When she’s not in the hospital, Rizza advocates and mobilizes causes like breastfeeding, vaccination drives, and initiatives to prevent illness in the community.

What Is Viome?

Viome is a U.S.-based wellness company that offers health testing kits and at-home solutions for optimizing your health.

But instead of checking for signs of potential health problems, Viome is unique in that it uses mRNA sequencing to gain insights into your overall health.

This technology enables Viome to get a general overview of different aspects of your health with just a small sample.

Viome also uses artificial intelligence (AI) equipped with the latest scientific research. With its help, it provides personalized food recommendations and supplements.

Each customer gets a customized blend of prebiotics, probiotics, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs, and food extracts based on their test results.

Probiotics are microbes naturally present in your digestive system. They feed on your food, but supplementing with prebiotics ensures they have enough nutrients. 

“Prebiotics are usually in the form of fibers that promote the growth of “good bacteria” in the gastrointestinal tract,” says Dr. Rizza Mira.

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What Does Viome Test For?

Viome currently offers three at-home testing kits: 

Depending on which test you take, you'll need to submit stool, saliva, blood, or several samples at once.

Viome Gut Intelligence™

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The test uses a stool sample to identify and measure gut microbes. The result is expressed as the Gut Microbiome Health score.

Viome Health Intelligence™

The kit combines Gut Intelligence™ with human gene expression tests. It uses both stool and blood samples to provide six health scores:

  • Gut Microbiome Health
  • Biological Age
  • Stress Response Health
  • Cellular Health
  • Immune System Health
  • Mitochondrial Health

Viome Full Body Intelligence™

It’s currently the most advanced test offered by Viome. Using your stool, saliva, and blood samples, it provides a personalized report on your:

  • Gut Microbiome Health
  • Biological Age
  • Immune System Health
  • Oral Health
  • Brain & Cognitive Health
  • Heart & Metabolic Health
  • Cellular & Energy Efficiency
  • Inflammation Response

How Does Viome Work?

  1. Order a test kit: Start by choosing one of Viome’s four products. You’ll receive your kit through mail. 
  2. Collect sample: Viome only offers at-home test kits, so you collect the sample yourself. Collect stool for the Gut Intelligence™ test. Collect blood and stool for the Health Intelligence™ test. 
  3. Send back the samples for lab testing: Viome uses an RNA technology called “metatranscriptomic sequencing” to analyze gut microbes. It will use AI to interpret findings and develop your food and supplement recommendations. 
  4. Order supplements (optional): Get a subscription service if you want a monthly supply of probiotics, prebiotics, or customized supplements. You can cancel or pause the subscription at any time.  

How Does Viome Protect Your Privacy?

According to Viome, it separates any identifiable information from your health data. It secures your data with multiple layers of encryption.

The company states that it would never provide your data to third parties (unless required by law). You do have the option to let Viome use your anonymized data for research.2

How Long Do Viome Results Take?

Expect your results to be available within two to three weeks. You can access your health scores (depending on the type of test) on Viome’s website or app. 

You’ll also get personalized food and supplement recommendations which Viome has determined based on your results.

Is Viome Accurate?

One thing to know about Viome’s gut microbiome tests is that they’re not FDA-approved. This may seem dubious for a company that offers test kits for health insights. But no similar tests have been granted FDA approval as of the moment.

Moreover, Viome utilizes AI instead of doctors and nutritionists to develop personalized recommendations. These are done by comparing your results with Viome’s wealth of information. 

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These factors do not mean gut microbiome tests are not worthwhile. Some studies have supported testing to improve gut health through diet and supplement recommendations.3

Gut microbiome tests can identify your risk for health problems and symptoms that have been linked to gut imbalance. These include:4, 5, 6

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Poor digestive health
  • Mental health disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Some cancers

What I Learned From My Viome Results

Let’s look at my results and check what Viome has said about my gut health. The results discussed here are only about Gut IntelligenceTM as it’s the test that I took.  

I logged in to my account. A homepage greets me with steps and statuses. This is a good way to monitor a test. 

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The “Nutrition” section provides the bulk of my information. It contains my Gut Microbiome Health, personalized diet recommendations, and a guide to following these recommendations. 

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Food Recommendations

The “Nutrition” section starts with “My Food List.” It has 300+ foods, categorized as:  

  • Superfoods
  • Enjoy 
  • Minimize
  • Avoid

One of my superfoods is egg yolk. I clicked on “Egg Yolk (Chicken),” and the report contained serving size, my response to egg yolk, and several studies. Pretty helpful information, if I may say.

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One food Viome said I should enjoy is soybeans. I clicked on “Soybeans (non-GMO).” The report only contains a serving size. No other information is provided. 

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Now to the foods that I should minimize. I clicked on my “Pork (Lean)” report. It also contains only serving size. 

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Lastly, the foods that I should avoid. I looked at celery. This report provides more information on why I should avoid this food (like my body’s response and several support studies).

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The list is quite long. Too long that many people may find it challenging to check and note them all. 

Moreover, there’s not much explanation. The body responses may be helpful. But the support studies may be too technical that people won’t bother to check them.

The food recommendations are AI-selected. They’re developed after comparing my results against Viome’s collection of data. They’re not provided by doctors or nutritionists, actual experts who are experienced in this area.

Viome Precision Supplements™

The “Nutrition” section also contains my supplement recommendation. If you click on one ingredient, it will provide an overview and support studies. 

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Like in food recommendations, the discussions here can get too technical. 

Gut Microbiome Health Report

Lastly, the “Nutrition” section contains my Gut Microbiome Health. This is the only score I would get with the Gut IntelligenceTM test. (I can also access this report under the “Results” submenu.)

My score: “not optimal.” 

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The report only lists the ingredients contributing to my “not optimal” result. Viome identified 38 food components (including vitamins, herbs, minerals, food extracts, amino acids, prebiotics, and probiotics). 

I clicked on “View Score” to get more details.

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Viome showed these sub-scores that affected the calculation of my Gut Microbiome Health score: 

  • Inflammatory Activity
  • Metabolic Fitness
  • Digestive Efficiency
  • Gut Lining Health
  • Protein Fermentation
  • Gas Production
  • Active Microbial Delivery
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I clicked on “Inflammatory Activity.” The report showed a summary, the nutrients supporting this subscore, a list of metabolic pathways, and other details.

Again, the language and terms used in these reports are vague and complicated. Viome could have made them more reader-friendly. 

My Microbiome Activity

This report contains all the microorganisms (like bacteria, fungi, and viruses) Viome found in my stool sample. I accessed this report under the “Results” submenu. 

It’s just a list, though, and no other details are provided. 

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More Results With Your Viome Report

I have several unlocked scores which can’t be accessed with just a Gut Intelligence™ test. If you choose to take the Health Intelligence™ test, you can get five additional scores besides Gut Microbiome Health. 

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How Much Does Viome Testing Cost?

You can buy Viome’s health tests with one-time payment or with interest-free monthly installments using ShopPay. Here’s how much they cost:

Viome’s Bundle Offers

Another option is to buy the tests in bundles. It’s a monthly subscription that includes a test of your choice and personalized supplements:

You will receive supplements for every month you are subscribed, after you take the test.

Save more: Use code for 15% off on the first three months if you subscribe

Viome Reviews — How It Compares to Other Gut Microbiome Tests

Viome Pros

  • Identifies a wide range of microorganisms—bacteria, archaea, eukaryotes, probiotics, and viruses
  • Provides personalized reports and recommendations
  • Updates results with new research and improved AI algorithms

Viome Cons

  • Sample collection may be uncomfortable
  • Too technical language and vague explanations
  • Non-FDA-approved tests
  • Recommendations are sorted and selected by Viome’s AI

Ombre vs. Viome Review

Like Viome, Ombre (formerly Thryve) analyzes stool samples. It also provides a gut health Score, personalized food plans, and customized probiotics. 

One area where Ombre lags behind Viome is that it only measures gut bacteria. Viome is more comprehensive as it looks for more microorganisms. 

Ombre’s reports are more straightforward, while Viome’s are on the complex side. The good thing is Viome’s reports have more details, although the company doesn’t explain the concepts well enough. 

Biohm vs. Viome Review

Like Viome, Biohm provides a gut score, an analysis of the microbial populations in your gut, and personalized recommendations. Biohm also sells supplements.

The two companies’ primary difference lies in their sequencing technologies. Biohm focuses on DNA; Viome is on RNA. This affects Biohm’s accuracy, as DNA testing doesn't distinguish between living and dead organisms.

Lastly, Biohme only analyzes bacteria and fungi. Viome looks at more types of microbes.

Is Viome Worth It?

Viome provides gut microbiome analysis and personalized food and supplement recommendations. These services can help you change your diet and lifestyle, ultimately leading to optimal gut health

“Maintaining good gut health is key to preventing other illnesses, like irritable bowel syndrome, liver, and heart diseases,” says Rizza Mira, M.D.

Still, there is uncertainty about Viome’s gut microbiome tests. They are not  FDA-approved, although no similar tests have garnered FDA approval. Moreover, recommendations are made by AI, not by doctors or nutritionists.    

Nevertheless, gut microbiome tests (like Viome’s) have much potential. Many studies have already linked the gut microbiome to several health aspects, sparking interest in testing.  

You can use Viome’s tests to see what food or food ingredients you should minimize or avoid. Then discuss the information with a healthcare professional and create a health plan tailored for your needs.

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Updated on December 21, 2022
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Dr. Rizza Mira
Dr. Rizza Mira
Medical Reviewer
Dr. Rizza Mira is a medical doctor and a general practitioner who specializes in pediatrics, nutrition, dietetics, and public health.

As a pediatrician, she is dedicated to the general health and well-being of children and expecting parents. She believes that good nutrition, a healthy lifestyle, and prevention of illness are key to ensuring the health of children and their families.

When she’s not in the hospital, Rizza advocates and mobilizes causes like breastfeeding, vaccination drives, and initiatives to prevent illness in the community.
Chris Quilalang
Chris Quilalang
Content Contributor
Chris Quilalang is a content writer for Know Your DNA. He studied chemistry and worked as a chemist after graduation. He switched careers after discovering his interests in content creation and health content. He has four years of experience writing science and health articles. His mission is to help people easily understand DNA testing and all things at home health.
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