Micronutrient Test - Vitamin D, B9, B12, HbA1c and Cholesterol - Verisana Lab

Micronutrient Test

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Our Micronutrient Test evaluates your levels of key micronutrients (vitamins B9, B12 and D), as well as markers like HbA1c and cholesterol, enabling you to proactively tailor your diet and enhance your overall health and wellness.

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Details
Who should take the test?

Our Micronutrient test is highly recommended for individuals aiming to maintain optimal levels of essential nutrients: Vitamin D, B9, B12, HbA1c, and Cholesterol.

These vital vitamins and markers play a significant role in overall health. This test is particularly beneficial for individuals with dietary restrictions, existing health conditions, active lifestyles, unexplained symptoms, or those seeking to optimize their nutritional intake.

How does it work?

Once your order has been processed, you will be sent a blood sample collection kit. You collect your sample from the comfort of your own home and send it back to us. We analyze your sample and send your results via secure email with a password protected PDF file.

What guidance will I get along with my results?

Following the completion of the analysis, you will receive a lab report that includes explanations for the analyzed markers and details on potential symptoms linked to imbalances. Additionally, we strongly advise that you discuss the results you receive from us with your healthcare provider or practitioner.

Moreover, you can find more information on our website, particularly in the various test categories under “health conditions” and FAQs. If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to us via email at contact@verisana.co.uk.

How is my privacy protected?

Samples for our tests are collected in the privacy of your own home. Both we and our partner laboratories (which may be contracted by us to conduct some or all analyses of your test) take customer privacy very seriously. You will be the sole person with access to this information, and we guarantee that we will not disclose your information to any unauthorized third parties. Additionally, all samples will be disposed of after analysis.

Test measures
For the Micronutrient Test we analyze:
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin B9 (Folate)
  • Vitamin D
  • HbA1c
  • Cholesterol
Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12, scientifically known as Cobalamin, is a water-soluble essential nutrient, meaning our bodies cannot produce it on their own, necessitating a sufficient dietary intake.

This crucial vitamin plays a pivotal role in breaking down individual fatty acids, facilitating blood formation, supporting nerve function, and promoting cell division. Consequently, a deficiency in Vitamin B12 can have far-reaching effects, affecting various bodily systems, including the eyes, nerves, muscles, and even hair.

Symptoms of this deficiency encompass hair loss, muscle weakness, fatigue, memory impairment, headaches, depression, tingling sensations in the limbs, anemia, and allergies.

The daily recommended intake of Vitamin B12 for adults is approximately 4µg, primarily sourced from animal products like meat, fish, dairy, and eggs. Consequently, individuals adhering to vegan or vegetarian diets may be at higher risk of Vitamin B12 deficiency if they do not supplement their intake.

Additional risk factors include autoimmune disorders, pregnancy, impaired gut absorption (e.g., in conditions like celiac disease or Crohn’s disease), and certain medications, such as those for diabetes and acid indigestion.

Importantly, the risk of overdosing on Vitamin B12 is exceedingly low, as the body efficiently eliminates any excess through the kidneys.

Vitamin B9 (Folate)

Vitamin B9, also known as folate, plays a crucial role in various metabolic processes such as protein and DNA synthesis, making it essential for cell division.

Rich sources of folate include spinach, lettuce, asparagus, cereals (especially wheat germ), and liver, as other foods generally contain low levels of folate. It’s important to note that folate is sensitive to heat and can be diminished through cooking and frying.

Folate deficiency is not uncommon, with pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and smokers being more susceptible. A lack of folate can result in a shortage of red and white blood cells, leading to anemia. In pregnant women, folate deficiency increases the risk of neural tube defects in the developing fetus, potentially causing congenital defects and malformations.

Additional symptoms of folate deficiency may include muscle weakness, reduced sense of taste, depression, numbness and tingling in the extremities, diarrhea, but overdosing on vitamin B9 is highly unlikely to pose health risks.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D, primarily vitamin D3, is crucial for bone health, aiding calcium absorption and protein synthesis. It can be produced by the body or obtained through food, though few foods provide ample amounts.

People spending limited time outdoors, especially the elderly or those with chronic illnesses, face a higher risk of vitamin D deficiency. Symptoms vary from fatigue to bone pain and infections, with severe deficiency leading to long-term problems like bone issues.

A deficiency is diagnosed when prolonged absence of vitamin D combines with indicative symptoms, but seasonal variations can affect results, so retesting is advisable.

Excessive vitamin D intake, often due to supplements or fortified foods, can result in harmful hypercalcemia, causing symptoms like nausea and kidney damage. Therefore, supplements should be taken cautiously and only when a genuine deficiency is confirmed.

HbA1c

HbA1c, or glycated hemoglobin, is a measure of average blood glucose levels over several months. It’s crucial in managing diabetes and assessing long-term blood sugar control. Nutrition plays a key role, with dietary choices impacting blood sugar levels and HbA1c. A balanced diet rich in whole foods can help stabilize blood sugar, while unhealthy eating habits can lead to elevated levels. Monitoring HbA1c guides dietary decisions to promote better blood sugar management and overall health.

Cholesterol

Cholesterol, a crucial lipid in the body, is vital for cell function and hormone production. In nutrition, it encompasses dietary sources and blood levels, impacting heart health. While dietary cholesterol’s effect on blood cholesterol is modest, saturated and trans fats influence LDL levels more significantly. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats supports heart health, while limiting saturated and trans fats is key. Monitoring blood cholesterol levels helps gauge cardiovascular risk, guiding dietary choices.

Symptoms
Symptoms the Micronutrient Test is suitable for:
  • Tiredness
  • Skin disorders
  • Lack of concentration
  • Poor immune function
  • Depressive moods
  • Brittle nails
  • Muscle weakness
  • Hair loss
  • Headaches
  • Reduced sense of taste
Sample collection guide
General

Please read the following instructions in detail, before starting with the sample collection.

Please download the instructions here

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Who can benefit from taking the Micronutrient Test?

Anyone looking to improve their health and wellness, individuals with specific dietary restrictions, athletes, those with existing health conditions, and individuals experiencing unexplained symptoms can benefit from the insights provided by the Micronutrient Test.

What is Vitamin B12 deficiency?

Vitamin B12 deficiency is a condition where the body lacks an adequate amount of vitamin B12, a vital water-soluble nutrient. It can result from factors like inadequate dietary intake, poor absorption due to medical conditions or medications, and can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, anemia, cognitive problems, nerve damage, mood changes, and more. Severe or prolonged deficiency can lead to serious health issues and should be managed under medical guidance.

What constitutes a deficiency in Vitamin D?

A deficiency in vitamin D is defined as its prolonged absence in the body, coinciding with the presence of symptoms indicative of a vitamin D deficiency, such as rickets. Because vitamin D levels can fluctuate significantly with the seasons, it is advisable to conduct repeat measurements over time to gain a comprehensive understanding of the values and ascertain the presence of a persistent, long-term deficiency.

How can I tell if I have a deficiency of Vitamin B9 (Folate)?

A Vitamin B9 (Folate) deficiency may show signs such as anemia, neurological symptoms like numbness, digestive issues, mood changes, reduced immunity, altered taste perception, mouth sores, pregnancy complications, fatigue, and muscle weakness.

I am not getting enough blood from my finger, what can I do?

Ensure optimal conditions for the blood draw: Hold your hand under warm water for an extended period and gently rotate your arm to enhance blood circulation. When pricking the finger, aim for the side rather than the direct top of the fingertip. Typically, the middle or ring finger of the non-dominant hand is most suitable. While piercing, place your finger on a stable surface to prevent reflexive withdrawal. Applying a gentle squeeze and massaging towards the fingertip can facilitate blood flow.

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