Vegetarian & Vegan Diet Vitamin Deficiency Test PanelMeasure the levels of 10 micronutrients in your blood, so you can understand whether your vegetarian or vegan diet is covering your nutritional needs and you are not deficient in certain vitamins and minerals mainly found in animal products. Read more
This panel measures the levels of the following 10 vitamins and minerals in your blood: vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, iodine, iron, omega-3 and omega-6, and zinc.
Identifying and correcting nutritional deficiencies is an important step toward better health. Your body does not produce most vitamins and minerals, so you must get them from food or supplements. How nutrients work in your body is influenced by more than just what you eat. These factors include genetics, age, health conditions, medications, metabolism, and how well your body absorbs nutrients.
Dietary restrictions may make it difficult to get the nutrients your body needs. Having these nutrients tested helps you and your doctor decide if you need to modify or supplement your diet.
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The best way to get essential vitamins and minerals is from food because they are in their natural form. However, if your body cannot absorb certain nutrients properly, or you are not able to get enough of them through your diet, then you may consider taking a supplement for that nutrient.
While it is unlikely to get too much of a micronutrient if you are taking a supplement, getting too much, known as vitamin toxicity, is possible. It's recommended to confirm a deficiency through testing and talk with your doctor prior to taking supplements.
Water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins differ in how they are absorbed by the human body.
A water-soluble vitamin dissolves in water and is easily absorbed by the body. Your body does not store these vitamins for long, so any extra will be eliminated in your urine. Because of this, it's important to consume them every day.
A fat-soluble vitamin dissolves in fats and oils and is absorbed with the fats you eat. Your body stores any extra in your liver or fatty tissues. Because of this, you don't need to consume them every day.
Please note that it is important you are hydrated before having your samples collected. This particular test panel requires 7 tubes of blood to be collected. These tests, as a group of markers, are intended to provide personal vitamin deficiency insights to empower you to achieve an optimal balance with your lifestyle. These tests are not intended to be a replacement for routine medical monitoring. Individuals partaking in these tests are encouraged to seek professional medical assistance regarding the medical and lifestyle applications of any test results.