Vitamin, Iron & Mineral Balance Plus - Nutritional Deficiency Blood Test at Home
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D Total
- Vitamin D2
- Vitamin D3
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
- Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate)
- Vitamin B7 (Biotin)
- Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)
- Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)
- Calcium/Phosphorous Ratio
IRON MARKERS (4)
- Iron, Serum
- Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
- % Transferrin Saturation
BLOOD HEALTH (14)
- Total Red Blood Cells (RBC)
- Mean Corpuscular Volume (MVC)
- Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin (MCH)
- Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Concentration (MCHC)
- Total White Blood Cells (WBC)
About the Vitamins, Iron and Mineral Deficiency Plus Test
What is Health and Nutrition -
- According to WHO - “Nutrition is the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs. Good nutrition – an adequate, well-balanced diet combined with regular physical activity – is a cornerstone of good health. Poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to disease, impaired physical and mental development, and reduced productivity.”
A lack of a good and healthy diet may lead to the following conditions -
- Minerals are specific kinds of nutrients that your body needs in order to function properly. A mineral deficiency occurs when your body doesn’t obtain or absorb the required amount of a mineral.
- There are 21 essential minerals that our body needs. An essential mineral is any mineral required by the body for health, that cannot be produced by the body and so has to be provided by your diet.
- 5 major essential minerals are
- A deficiency of either of these minerals may lead to a variety of health problems, such as weak bones, fatigue, or a decreased immune system.
- Vitamins are nutrients our body needs to function and fight off disease.
- The 13 essential vitamins our body needs are vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9) and cobalamin (B12).
- The four fat-soluble vitamins i.e A, D, E, and K are stored in the body’s fatty tissues. The other nine vitamins are water-soluble and therefore must be replenished regularly because they are removed from the body in your urine.
- Vitamin B12 is the only water-soluble vitamin that is stored in the liver.
- The best way to get enough of the 13 essential vitamins is to eat a balanced diet from a variety of foods.
- Proteins are the building blocks of life, made up of amino acids.
- There are 20 different amino acids, 9 of which are called essential and 11 of which are labeled as non-essential.
- The human body needs all 20 of these amino acids, in varying degrees, to be healthy and fully functional.
- A protein deficiency (hypoproteinemia) means someone is not getting enough protein to meet their body’s needs. We get the protein we need from the food we eat. If our diet doesn’t contain enough protein, we may suffer from protein deficiency.
- Lipids are fat-like substances that are important parts of the membranes found within and between cells and in the myelin sheath that coats and protects the nerves.
- Lipids include oils, fatty acids, waxes, steroids (such as cholesterol and estrogen), and other related compounds.
- Fats or fatty acids (FA) are important nutrients in our diet providing energy and adding palatability to foods. However, foods with high content of saturated fatty acids (SFA) are known to cause a myriad of health problems. Foods high in unsaturated FAs, especially essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) have been found to contribute to good health.
- Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are very important nutritional requirements for keeping good health.Their deficiency increases the risk of getting affected by cancer, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, behavioral problems, depression, cognitive decline, and chronic inflammation.
- Moreover, their presence in the diet is essential for the proper absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D, E and K.
Common Symptoms of Nutrient Deficiency
A lack of good nutrition and healthy diets may lead to the following signs and symptoms -
- Dullness, or pale skin, hair loss
- fatigue, weakness, feeling faint or fainting
- trouble breathing
- unusual food cravings
- periods of lightheadedness
- heart palpitations
- tingling and numbness of the joints
- menstrual issues, such as missed periods or very heavy cycles
- poor concentration
Nutrient Deficiency & Immune Function
A deficiency of nutrients can alter the body’s immune response. Various studies have found that deficiencies in zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid, and vitamins A, B6, C, D, and E can alter immune responses. These nutrients help the immune system in several ways: working as an antioxidant to protect healthy cells, supporting growth and activity of immune cells, and producing antibodies. Epidemiological studies find that those who are poorly nourished are at greater risk of bacterial, viral, and other infections.
What will the vitamin test results indicate?
The lab results of a blood test can indicate a particular deficiency or excess levels of vitamins in your body. If low levels of vitamins are identified increase the intake from particular food sources. In some cases, your physician can recommend supplements. It is advisable to get doctor consultation before taking supplements.
What is a serum iron test?
The iron serum test measures the levels of blood iron in your serum (a fluid component of blood). It is used to identify iron deficiency and eliminate it. Too many levels of iron is also a cause of concern as it can impact liver health.
Is iron tested the same as ferritin?
No, iron and ferritin are not the same. Ferritin is a protein that stores iron and ferritin levels indirectly measure the levels of iron stored in your body. TIBC (Total Iron Binding capacity) indicates the level of iron that can be carried through the blood.
How long do iron test results take?
It takes 24-48 hours for the lab results to be available.
- Vitamin, Iron and Mineral is an advanced online blood test to detect nutritional and vitamin deficiency which can be the underlying cause of many diseases.
- This vitamin, mineral and nutritional test measures levels like complete blood count (CBC), Iron, serum, complete vitamin profile of A, B1 to B12, Vit D, D3, E, K, folic acid, calcium, magnesium and more.
- Vitamin and nutritional deficiency can be hidden causes for serious health conditions. A vitamin blood test identifies a common deficiency of vitamin B6, B12 & D.
- To ensure the immune system stays at maximum capacity to fight off infections and diseases.
- Please do not consume alcohol 24-48 hours before the test.
- Heavy exercise before the blood test is not recommended.