Most people with a mild vitamin deficiency will not experience any symptoms. When combined with a varied and balanced diet, testing can help you optimize your levels to make sure your nutritional intake is sufficient.
Symptoms of a vitamin deficiency include but are not limited to:
Weakness, fatigue, or decreased energy levels
Muscle aches and pain
Weakened immune system and increased susceptibility to diseases
Problems with your vision
Poor bone health
Mouth ulcers or changes to your tongue
Pins and needles
The Essential Vitamin Test can give you specific insights into your diet, enabling you to quickly and easily identify and resolve any deficiencies. Anyone can develop a vitamin deficiency. However, some may be at increased risk, including those following a vegan or vegetarian diet or as a result of conditions such as Celiac and Crohn’s disease that impair the absorption of food. Your nutritional requirements may change as you age, or as a result of certain medications.
You should take the Essential Vitamin test if:
You want to identify areas for improvement of your overall health
You follow a vegetarian or vegan diet
You have recently excluded a particular food group from your diet
You are over 50 years of age
You are experiencing symptoms of a deficiency*
You have a condition that may impact the absorption of nutrients such as Celiac or Crohn’s disease
You have problems absorbing nutrients from your diet
You have a medical condition that impacts how you absorb vitamins such as an intrinsic factor deficiency
*Talk to your physician about any symptoms that you are experiencing.
The test must be taken in the morning while fasting, on a Monday-Friday, and returned on the same day.
Fasting means that you collect the sample in the morning before you have breakfast. You can still drink water when fasting. Always follow the advice of your physician with regards to fasting, particularly if you have any medical conditions.
Please note that we have not yet validated test results for vitamin B12 for those under the age of 22.