Vitamin and Mineral Screens
Checking that your vitamin and mineral levels are optimum is a sensible precautionary measure that can help to keep your health in check. Vitamins and Minerals have far reaching health consequences in the body and optimum levels can help to reduce risk of disease and deficiencies can highlight potential problem areas that need to be addressed.
Vitamins and minerals fall neatly into different categories and testing can involve just one of these categories or a combination of all of them.
All of the tests below are require blood samples to be taken and samples must reach the laboratory within 24 hours of collection otherwise the sample will be unusable.
Before taking the test
Full instructions will be sent with the test.
B vitamins and minerals tests take approximately 1 week and the other profiles can take up to 2 weeks.
Fat Soluble Vitamins
Vitamin A and carotenes
Comprehensive Vitamin Profile
Vitamin A – Retinol and total carotenes
Vitamin C – Ascorbic acid
Vitamin E -Tocopherol
Vitamin B1 – Thiamine
Vitamin B2 – Riboflavin
Vitamin B6 – pyridoxine
Testing for mineral levels
A hair mineral analysis is a good way to check overall mineral ‘store’ levels Click here to see more information about a Hair mineral analysis but in some cases it is necessary to check the serum – blood levels along with the red blood cell levels of magnesium.
A lot of research points towards a link between a lack of magnesium and fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome and testing the red cell levels is a more superior way of checking this in this situation.
Serum mineral levels with red blood cell (rbc) magnesium
Red blood cell Magnesium
It is possible to test for a single vitamin or mineral, If you are interested then please do enquire. The cost will differ depending on which vitamin or mineral you want to test for as the procedures involved can vary.