Vitamin, Iron & Mineral Balance Plus - The 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, Serum
- Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
- % Transferrin Saturation
- 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 nutrition as it relates to health?
Nutrition is the intake or consumption of foods that are rich in the right compounds that promote healthy living and wellbeing. It is a balance of the right dietary and supplementation needs to ensure longevity, vitality, and immunity.
Poor nutrition or diets with nutrient deficiencies can cause increased risk of immunity reduction, impaired physical and mental development, and lower productivity. You may also be at a higher risk of several health conditions that will need medical treatment.
A long-term nutrition deficiency can lead to issues with skin inflammation, dementia, delayed wound healing, internal bleeding, abnormal formation of bones, etc. The most common effects of nutritional deficiencies can be experienced within 6 months in some people.
Health issues that can arise due to nutritional deficiencies
Maintaining a nutritional balance is the most important element of healthy living, as it can impact a wide range of bodily functions for people. A lack of a healthy diet can cause the following health issues -
Minerals are specific types of nutrients that the body requires to function. They are vital to ensuring that your bones, heart, and brain function properly, and that you are able to repair damage effectively.
Your body may not be able to acquire or absorb the right minerals in the right quantities which can lead to critical issues. Since there are 21 essential minerals required by the body, they need to be consumed via a nutrition-rich diet.
The major minerals are calcium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and magnesium. They can't be produced within the body, and a diet rich in minerals is key to ensuring balance.
Vitamins in the body have multiple functions, which is why they are extensively studied and tested to learn more about their role in the body. They are also vital to maintaining immunity, and ensuring that we maintain healthy bones, skin, and mucous membranes.
While vitamin B is responsible for metabolic function and maintaining the CNS, Vitamin C is critical for wound healing and fighting off infections. A diet rich in vitamin balance is what our body needs.
In total, our body needs 13 essential vitamins which are vitamin 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). Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K are stored in the body’s fatty tissues. Vitamin B12 is water-soluble and is stored in the liver.
Proteins are vital to health and development, repair of muscle tissue, as well as playing a vital role in hormone production. They are also referred to as the building blocks of life and are made up of amino acids. There are a total of 20 amino acids, 9 of which are essential and 11 are non-essential amino acids.
A balance of these 20 amino acids are required to stay healthy and ensure optimal functioning of various systems. A deficiency is reported if you aren't able to meet the daily requirements of protein from food, and you start to experience symptoms associated with protein deficiency such as muscle weakness, low energy, improper healing, etc.
Lipids are fat-like chemicals in the body that form a critical part of the membrane found between cells and in the myelin sheath that protects nerve cells through a coating. This ensures the prevention of neuro-degenerative diseases that are caused due to coating erosion. Lipids include oils, fatty acids, waxes, steroids, and other critical compounds.
Essential fatty acids are important from a nutritional standpoint, as the right amount of healthy fats are key to effective brain, skin, and heart functioning. You can be at a higher risk of cancer, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, cognitive decline, and chronic inflammation. if you don't have the right fatty acids.
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
The relationship between 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 nutrient deficiencies test will focus on vitamins, minerals, iron markers, electrolytes, and blood health indicators such as red blood cells, haemoglobin, etc. It can show results that indicate excess or deficiencies across key parameters.
Your doctor can recommend the right supplements and treatment strategies based on the findings of the test. You may be at a higher risk of certain health conditions and diseases if you are deficient across multiple vitamins and minerals tests.
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.
What is a nutritional deficiency in the body?
The balance of nutrition in the body play a vital role in ensuring efficient performance of our various organs and systems. A nutritional deficiency is the lack of one or multiple nutrients that are required for the optimal functioning of different systems. The tested value of nutrients should be below normal range to be considered a deficiency, which can be resolved with the right diet and supplementation routine.
What causes nutritional deficiencies?
Common causes if nutritional deficiency are -
- Inadequate dietary intake of vitamins and minerals
- Alcohol and Tobacco consumption
- Certain medications may block nutritional absorption
what test include in iron profile
The iron profile tests parameters like Iron (Serum), Ferritin, Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC) and percentage of transferrin saturation.
Is fasting required for iron blood test?
Fasting for 12 hours is recommended before the iron blood test.
Can blood tests detect a vitamin deficiency?
Yes, the blood test offered by MyDiagnostics can detect vitamin and mineral deficiency.
How much does the nutritional deficiency cost in India?
The test by MyDiagnostics costs INR 6500. But it is on a limited discount offer and is for INR 3200. It is important to review the test, and reach out to us if you have any questions.
- 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.