Vital Vitamins and Minerals

£149.00

Vitamins and minerals are the essential nutrients your body needs in order to be at its healthiest.

Take this test to find out whether your body is deficient of any of these key nutrients.

 

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Vitamins and minerals are the essential nutrients your body needs in order to be at its healthiest.

Whilst most of these nutrients can be obtained through consuming a balanced & mixed diet, some may need to be topped up using supplements.

This profile includes parameters such as B12, Folate, Vitamin D, Iron, Ferritin, UIBC, TIBC, and Transferrin Saturation, offering a comprehensive assessment of nutritional status.

Take this test to find out whether your body is deficient of any of these key nutrients.


  • Ferritin
    Ferritin is a protein that stores iron in the body, releasing it in a controlled way when needed. It's a crucial indicator of the total iron stores in the body. Ferritin levels are often measured to assess iron deficiency or iron overload. Elevated levels can indicate conditions such as haemochromatosis (iron overload), liver disease, chronic inflammation, infection, or certain types of cancer. Low levels are commonly associated with iron deficiency anaemia, indicating depleted iron stores. This can be due to insufficient dietary intake, increased iron requirements, chronic blood loss, or problems with iron absorption.

  • Folic acid (Folate)
    Folic acid, also known as folate or vitamin B9, is a crucial nutrient involved in the formation of red blood cells and the synthesis of DNA, making it essential for healthy cell growth and function. High Folic Acid Levels: Typically not a concern; may occur with supplementation or a diet rich in folate. Rarely, high levels could mask vitamin B12 deficiency. Low Folic Acid Levels: Indicate a deficiency, which can lead to health issues such as anaemia (particularly megaloblastic anaemia), birth defects during pregnancy (like neural tube defects), and impaired cell growth. Folate deficiency can be caused by inadequate dietary intake, certain medications, alcoholism, or malabsorption disorders.

  • Globulin
    Globulin is a group of proteins in the blood, playing diverse roles in immune response, blood clotting, and transport of various substances like hormones and vitamins. There are several types of globulins, including alpha, beta, and gamma globulins. Gamma globulins are primarily antibodies, which are crucial for immune defense. Globulin levels are measured as part of a total protein test and can also be assessed through the serum protein electrophoresis test. Abnormal globulin levels can indicate a range of conditions, including immune disorders, liver or kidney disease, nutritional problems, and certain infections or cancers. High levels may be seen in chronic inflammatory diseases or infections, while low levels may indicate immune deficiencies or liver damage.

  • Iron
    Iron is a vital mineral in the body, essential for the production of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the body's tissues. Iron levels in the blood can be measured to assess the body's iron stores and to help diagnose conditions related to iron imbalance. High Iron Levels: Elevated iron levels can be indicative of hemochromatosis (a condition leading to iron overload), excessive iron supplementation, or certain types of anaemia. Low Iron Levels: Low iron levels typically suggest iron deficiency, which can lead to iron deficiency anaemia. This might be due to inadequate dietary intake, increased needs during pregnancy, blood loss, or problems with iron absorption.

  • Monocytes
    A type of white cell involved in fighting certain infections and helping other white blood cells remove dead or damaged tissues.

  • Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
    Helps assess the body's ability to transport iron in the blood. • High Levels: Often seen in iron deficiency anaemia. • Low Levels: May indicate iron overload, malnutrition, or liver disease.

  • Transferrin Saturation (TSAT)
    Transferrin Saturation (TSAT) is a blood test that measures the percentage of transferrin, a protein that transports iron in the blood, bound to iron. It is a useful indicator of iron availability and metabolism in the body. Elevated TSAT can indicate iron overload, which may be due to conditions like hemochromatosis, excessive iron intake, or certain types of anemia where iron is poorly utilized. Low levels suggest iron deficiency, commonly seen in iron deficiency anaemia. It can occur due to inadequate dietary intake, increased iron requirements, or chronic blood loss.

  • Unsaturated Iron Binding Capacity (UIBC)
    Used in conjunction with other iron tests to assess iron metabolism. • High Levels: Typically indicates iron deficiency. • Low Levels: May suggest iron overload or inflammation.

  • Vitamin B12
    Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is a vital nutrient that plays a key role in nerve function, red blood cell production, and DNA synthesis. It's essential for maintaining healthy nerve cells and is crucial in the formation of DNA and RNA. High Vitamin B12 Levels: While not commonly a concern, abnormally high levels can be associated with certain medical conditions, including liver disease, kidney failure, or certain types of leukaemia. Low Vitamin B12 Levels: Indicate a deficiency, which can lead to serious health issues, such as pernicious anaemia, neurological problems, and cognitive impairments. Causes of B12 deficiency include inadequate dietary intake (common in vegetarians and vegans), malabsorption disorders, certain medications, and intrinsic factor deficiency.

  • Vitamin D
    Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin crucial for maintaining bone health, as it aids in the absorption of calcium and phosphorus from the diet. It also plays important roles in immune function, cell growth, and reducing inflammation. High Vitamin D Levels: Rarely a concern, but excessively high levels, usually due to over-supplementation, can lead to hypercalcemia, which can cause nausea, weakness, and kidney problems. Low Vitamin D Levels: Indicate a deficiency, leading to bone problems like rickets in children and osteomalacia or osteoporosis in adults. Causes of deficiency include limited sun exposure, inadequate dietary intake, certain medical conditions affecting absorption, and obesity.

How it Works
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Choose one of our test packages according to your needs – whether this would be general health screening, nutritional state, sexual health or monitoring of a chronic condition and get it delivered to your home or office.

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Perform the test at your comfort zone. This will require a fingerprick, swab of urine sample collection. Instructions will be included in your kit. Post it back to one of our accredited laboratories in a prepaid envelope.

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We will notify you when results are available and you can access it in your dashboard together with advice from our health experts. Repeat tests as recommended and track results to keep your health in a good shape all the time.

Video tutorial

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