Nutrition Nine

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A new and unique nutritional profile covering 9 tests. This profile requires a vacutainer sample and is not available using a fingerprick test kit.

This blood test includes

Vitamins D, B12 & B9, plus Magnesium, Selenium & Zinc as well as Ferritin, Sodium & Calcium.

Blood Test Explained

Below we have explained each inclusion, please click each tab to find out more.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is an important vitamin, essential for good bone health. It is manufactured in the skin through sunlight exposure and is found in several foods. Prolonged Vitamin D lack can cause osteomalacia, a disease which causes severe structural deformities to the skeleton. Lower level Vitamin D deficiency can lead to a number of non-specific symptoms, including chronic pain, weak bones, frequent infections depression and fatigue. It has been estimated that between 50-70% of people living in the northern Europe (where daylight length reduces your chances of receiving adequate sunlight in the winter) are deficient in this vitamin by March each year which is why health screening for this important vitamin is essential.

Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is an important vitamin, essential for the normal functioning of many body processes. Deficiency can lead to anaemia (poor quality red blood cells) and neurological (nerve) disorders. It is most abundant in meat products so vegetarians are more vulnerable to deficiency of this vitamin. Pernicious anaemia develops if uptake of vitamin B12 into the blood from the gut is absent or severely impaired, and even if a diet rich in the vitamin is taken, deficiency will occur if this disease is present. Recent evidence suggests that mild deficiency is probably more common than previously thought. Mild deficiency may explain the presence of fatigue and a host of other limiting symptoms which is why we have included it within the PLUS V and PLUS X health screening profiles.
Ferritin
Ferritin is a protein found in the blood which carries iron. Like TIBC/UIBC, and transferrin saturation, it can tell us how much iron is stored in the body. The higher the level within a health screening, the greater the amount of iron stored. This test can be used to detect iron deficiency, and also conditions of iron excess (such as haemochromatosis). Ferritin can also be raised if inflammation is present in the body somewhere.
Selenium
The selenium blood test allows us to measure the amount of selenium in the blood. This blood test allows us to identify deficiences or high levels of selenium. It can also be used to monitor the response the body is having to supplementation being taken.
Calcium
This blood test measure the amount of calcium in the blood. Calcium is a very important mineral in the body and is needed to maintain healthy bones and teeth. Symptoms of unusually high calcium levels include: Increase need to urinate, vomiting/nausea, abdominal pain/constipation and more. Low calcium levels may cause: muscle cramping/spasms, irregular heartbeat and more.
Sodium
Sodium is an essential electrolyte involved in several bodily functions. The kidneys regulate its level in the body. High or low levels can be seen in a number of diseases, and the level can be influenced either way by prescribed medication (eg diuretics can cause a drop-in sodium).
Zinc
Zinc is an essential component in cellular processes such as DNA replication + transcription. Zinc is also a co-factor from over 300 enzymes. Over 25% of the world's population has a low or marginal zinc status (these symptoms can be mild). Some include loss of appetite/taste or increased susceptibility to infection.
Magnesium
Magnesium is second most common intracellular cation, which is after potassium. Magnesium is a key element in more than 300 enzyme processes. Serum magnesium should be tested when a patient could have deficiencys such as malnutrition, alcoholsim, diarrhoea (more are included). Some deficiency symptoms of magnesium include muscle cramps, weakness, vertigo, depression.