Nutrition Check: Testing for Vitamin Deficiencies

Man sitting at table not wanting to eat healthy food on plate
Man sitting at table not wanting to eat healthy food on plate

Is your diet lacking important vitamins and minerals?

Let’s be honest: we don’t always eat a wholesome diet. A little dessert or not-so-healthy snack is fine on occasion, but over the years, poor nutrition can take its toll. In addition, if you’ve been on a restrictive diet—whether to lose weight or to avoid a food allergy—you might also have put yourself at risk for vitamin and mineral deficiency. Once you know the true status of your health by taking a nutrition blood lab test panel, you can take action to eat more healthfully, or supplement, if necessary.

Why take nutrition lab tests?

  • Find out if you have any vitamin or mineral deficiencies
  • Detect any dietary imbalances so you can change the way you eat or add supplements
  • Get accurate reporting on your nutritional status that you can share with your doctor, dietitian, nutritionist, or other healthcare provider

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Nutrition Lab Tests

These tests provide an accurate assessment of your nutritional status, including any imbalances or vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

A simple vitamin D blood test to find out if you’re getting enough

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Vitamin D is an essential nutrient. This simple 25-hydroxyvitamin D blood test can determine whether your levels fall within an optimal range.

Measures for B12 & folate deficiencies

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Vitamin B12 and folic acid blood help maintain healthy homocysteine levels. High levels can be an indicator of cardiovascular disease. In addition, doctors may use the results of this test to help diagnose central nervous system disorders, anemia and malabsorption syndromes.

This test is used to evaluate deficiencies of the mineral zinc

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One of the most common nutritional insufficiencies is having low blood levels of zinc. Take this test to find out whether your levels are appropriate, or whether you should make changes to your dietary or supplementation choices.

Measures blood levels of the important mineral magnesium

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This test measures blood levels of magnesium, one of the body’s most important minerals. Magnesium supports healthy cardiovascular and immune system function, bone strength, energy metabolism, and other key body functions.

Includes blood tests important for people following a plant-based diet

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Vegetarians and vegans need to keep tabs on specific nutrient levels to ensure they aren't deficient. This panel includes a complete blood count (CBC), comprehensive metabolic panel, lipid profile, ferritin, iron and total iron binding capacity, folate, vitamin B12, 25-hydroxyvitamin D and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH).

Tests for levels of copper, an important trace mineral

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This test measures blood levels of the essential element copper, which is involved in many functions of the body. If you’re malnourished, your copper levels may be too low; elevated copper levels are also may be a concern and could be linked to other conditions.

Assesses red blood cell magnesium levels

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This test measures your red blood cells’ levels of magnesium, which play a vital role in preventing heart disease, controlling blood pressure and maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.

Monitor early stages of B12 deficiency before it becomes a health issue

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This panel includes tests for blood vitamin B12 and folate and urinary methylmalonic acid (MMA), which aid in the diagnosis of central nervous system disorders and help guide supplementation levels.

Measures five important vitamins, three minerals and coenzyme Q10

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The Nutrient Panel Blood Test measures a combination of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can impact health, including vitamins A, B12 and C, folate, 25-hydroxyvitamin D, selenium, zinc, CoQ10 and red blood cell magnesium.

Plasma iodine blood test is used to monitor thyroid problems

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Blood testing for plasma iodine levels is useful for people with thyroid gland conditions. These test results can also be helpful in the formulation of supplement regimens.

Measures ceruloplasmin, which binds copper for blood transport

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This test is an important tool in evaluating for liver disease and is part of a Wilson’s disease diagnosis. It checks for levels of the protein ceruloplasmin, which binds the trace mineral copper so that it can be transported in the blood to where it is needed.

Measures blood levels of vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin

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Testing for blood levels of vitamin A, the first vitamin to be identified by science, helps identify healthy or abnormal levels and can guide supplementation.

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This profile measures blood levels of the essential amino acids: lysine, methionine, histidine, leucine, isoleucine, valine, threonine, tryptophan and phenylalanine. It also checks your levels of nonessential amino acids, including taurine, arginine and 25 more.

Measures blood levels of vitamin B6, a water-soluble vitamin

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This test assesses your levels of vitamin B6, a water-soluble vitamin that is widely available in fish, chicken, some fruits and vegetables, and wheat germ.

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Methylmalonic acid (MMA) found in the urine is often associated with early stages of B12 deficiency. MMA may be ordered along with a homocysteine test when a vitamin B12 deficiency is suspected.

Measures levels of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), a critical antioxidant

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Vitamin C is an important nutrient that we do not create on our own and must get from food—which not all of us do reliably. This test checks for vitamin C deficiency, also known as scurvy.

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This test measures your levels of selenium, a trace mineral and an important antioxidant that helps regulate thyroid function. Selenium also plays a role in the immune system, DNA repair and the detoxification of heavy metals.

Evaluate nutritional status and reveal overlooked health risks.

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Feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? This in-depth amino acid profile is the best way to identify areas of your personal health to focus on, with an easy at-a-glance summary of results.

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Vitamin K plays an important role in blood clotting and regulating bone calcium levels. Maintaining adequate levels of vitamin K can improve bone health while reducing the risk of fractures. The vitamin K1 blood test measures levels of one form of vitamin K known as phylloquinone.

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Knowing your red blood cell levels of the B vitamin folate can help guide your dietary intake and supplementation and can also help diagnose certain medical conditions.

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This blood test for vitamin B1 (thiamine) can help determine whether you're getting enough of this essential B vitamin

Measures blood levels of beta carotene, a precursor of vitamin A.

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If you are concerned about how many fruits and vegetables you eat, you may want to test your levels of beta carotene, which is found in plants.

Tests for levels of cobalt, a trace mineral required in small amounts

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Because the trace mineral cobalt forms a part of vitamin B12, it is needed by the human body for basic health. Levels can be too high due to occupational exposure.

Urine test used to monitor thyroid problems that may be iodine related

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The primary functions of carnitine are to help use stored fat as fuel and to help regulate fat burning. This blood test measures the total amount of the amino acid carnitine in the blood, as well as free carnitine, which is a measure of how much carnitine is usable.

Measures lithium levels in people using prescription lithium

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If you are taking lithium as a prescription drug, serum lithium testing will help guide proper dosage.

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