A test for vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, vitamin D, magnesium and iron stores (ferritin).
This test includes (expand individual tests for details):
C Reactive Protein (High Sensitivity)
C-Reactive Protein (CRP) is an inflammation marker used to assess whether there is inflammation in the body. Inflammation is your body protecting your tissues if you have been injured or have an infection. It is also used as a screen for auto-immune diseases.
This test will measure your Ferritin levels. Ferritin stores iron in the body. Ferritin is tested to identify the storage capacity of iron in the body.
Triglycerides circulate in the blood. We get them from our diet and a supply is made by our liver. The body converts excess calories into triglycerides which are then transported to cells to be stored as fat. Your body releases triglycerides to be used for energy.
Cholesterol is a body fat (lipid). It is required by our bodies for building cell membranes and for producing a number of essential hormones. Cholesterol comes from he food we eat and is also created by the liver. Elevated cholesterol can greatly increase the chances of heart disease
HDL cholesterol is commonly known as good cholesterol. It removes cholesterol from the bloodstream and transports it to the liver. It is then broken down and removed from the body in bile.
LDL cholesterol is commonly known as bad cholesterol. It carries cholesterol and other fats to various tissues throughout your body. Too much LDL cholesterol can cause fatty deposits to accumulate on artery walls.
Non-HDL cholesterol is calculated by subtracting your HDL cholesterol result from your total cholesterol.
Total/HDL Chol ratio
The ratio of total cholesterol to HDL is a good indicator of whether your cholesterol levels are healthy. This ratio should be as low as possible.
This test measures the amount of magnesium in your blood. Magnesium is a mineral that is found in every cell of your body. It is vital to energy production, muscle contraction, nerve function, and maintenance of strong bones. Most of the magnesium in our bodies come from our diets.
Vitamin B12 is essential for the production of red blood cells which carry oxygen around the body. Prolonged deficiency of vitamin B12 can also cause nerve damage. It is almost only found in meat and animal food products. This test measures the level of unbound or active B12 which is available for your cells. Low levels cause fatigue and low energy levels. Raised levels can be due to a blood or liver disorder.
Folate or folic acid, known as vitamin B9 generates red and white blood cells. It helps to: make DNA, repair DNA, and produce red blood cells (RBCs.) Low levels cause fatigue, low energy levels, weakness, grey hair, growth problems, and pale skin.
Vitamin D (25 OH)
Vitamin D is a hormone which is created by sunlight on your skin. Abnormal levels of vitamin D can indicate bone disorders, nutrition problems, organ damage, or other medical conditions. Many people in the UK have low Vitamin D levels.