Vitamins and Minerals

Are you looking to use a vitamin test to identify deficiencies? Here's a helpful guide for information on how to improve your well-being.

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27 Essential Vitamins and Minerals to Spot Deficiencies

  • Calcium [ 303 ]
  • Carotene [ 311 ]
  • Chloride [ 330 ]
  • Cholinesterase, Serum [ 37965 ]
  • Copper [ 363 ]
  • Iodine, Serum/Plasma [ 16599 ]
  • Iron, Total [ 571 ]
  • Magnesium [ 622 ]
  • Molybdenum, Serum/Plasma [ 6213 ]
  • Phosphate (as Phosphorus) [ 718 ]
  • Potassium [ 733 ]
  • QuestAssureD™ 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (D2, D3), LC/MS/MS [ 92888 ]
  • Selenium [ 5507 ]
  • Sodium [ 836 ]
  • Vitamin A (Retinol) [ 921 ]
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), LC/MS/MS [ 90353 ]
  • Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) and Folate Panel, Serum [ 7065 ]
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Plasma [ 36399 ]
  • Vitamin B3 (Nicotinic acid) [ 91029 ]
  • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) [ 91030 ]
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxal Phosphate ) [ 926 ]
  • Vitamin B7 (Biotin) [ 391 ]
  • Vitamin C [ 929 ]
  • Vitamin D, 1,25-Dihydroxy, LC/MS/MS [ 16558 ]
  • Vitamin E (Tocopherol) [ 931 ]
  • Vitamin K [ 36585 ]
  • Zinc [ 945 ]
     


Collection Instructions

Allow sample to clot for 30 minutes, spin at 3,000 RPM for 10 minutes and transfer serum to plastic, amber vial. If amber vial is not available, wrap tube in aluminum foil to protect from light. Freeze within 30 minutes and send frozen.


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Serum calcium is involved in the regulation of neuromuscular and enzyme activity, bone metabolism and blood coagulation. Calcium blood levels are controlled by a complex interaction of parathyroid hormone, vitamin D, calcitonin and adrenal cortical steroids. Calcium measurements are useful in the diagnosis of parathyroid disease, some bone disorders and chronic renal disease. A low level of calcium may result in tetany.

Measurement of serum 25-OH vitamin D concentrations provide a good index of circulating vitamin D activity in patients not suffering from renal disease. Lower than normal 25-OH vitamin D levels can result from a dietary deficiency, poor abosrption of the vitamin or impaired metabolism of the sterol in the liver. A 25-OH vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone diseases such as rickets and osteomalacia. Above normal levels can lead hypercalcemia. This assay employs liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry to independently measure and report the two common forms of 25-hydroxy vitamin D: 25OH D3 - the endogenous form of the vitamin and 25OH D2 - the analog form used to treat 25OH Vitamin D3 deficiency.

Beta Carotene, a fat soluble nutrient, is a precursor to vitamin A. Deficiencies may lead to vitamin A deficiency. Excessive vitamin A intake may lead to headaches, loss of appetite, nausea and diarrhea, skin changes, and potential birth defects.

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Decreased levels of ceruloplasmin are found in Wilson''s Disease, fulminant liver failure, intestinal malabsorption, renal failure resulting in proteinuria, chronic active hepatitis and malnutrition. Elevated levels are found in primary biliary cirrhosis, pregnancy (first trimester), oral contraceptive use and in acute inflammatory conditions since ceruloplasmin is an acute phase reactant

Serum chloride is the major extracellular anion and counter-balances the major cation, sodium, maintaining electrical neutrality of the body fluids. Two thirds of the total anion concentration in extracellular fluids is chloride and it is significantly involved in maintaining proper hydration and osmotic pressure. Movement of chloride ions across the red blood cell membrane is essential for the transport of biocarbonate ions in response to changing concentrations of carbon dioxide. Chloride measurements are used in the diagnosis and treatment of electrolyte and metabolic disorders such as cystic fibrosis and diabetic acidosis.

Approximately 1 in every 2500 individuals has inherited a defective enzyme or a deficiency of the enzyme (Pseudocholinesterase) that metabolizes succinylcholine (an anesthetic agent). With a "normal" dosage, these individuals have prolonged apnea. Such individuals are responsive at much smaller concentrations of this anesthetic agent than the general population. Low concentrations of Pseudocholinesterase are observed in individuals exposed to organophosphorous insecticides and in patients with hepatic dysfunction.

A Complete Blood Count (CBC) Panel is used as a screening test for various disease states including anemia, leukemia and inflammatory processes.

A CBC blood test includes the following biomarkers: WBC, RBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, Platelet count, Neutrophils, Lymphs, Monocytes, Eos, Basos, Neutrophils (Absolute), Lymphs (Absolute), Monocytes(Absolute), Eos (Absolute), Basos (Absolute), Immature Granulocytes, Immature Grans (Abs)


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Copper is an essential element that is a cofactor of many enzymes. Copper metabolism is disturbed in Wilson's disease, Menkes disease, primary biliary cirrhosis, and Indian childhood cirrhosis. Copper concentrations increase in acute phase reactions and during the third trimester of pregnancy. Copper concentrations are decreased with nephrosis, malabsorption, and malnutrition. Copper concentrations are also useful to monitor patients, especially preterm newborns, on nutritional supplementation. Results of copper are often interpreted together with ceruloplasmin.

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Useful in the diagnosis of hypochromic, microcytic anemias. Decreased in iron deficiency anemia and increased in iron overload.


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Folic acid deficiency is common in pregnant women, alcoholics, in patients whose diets do not include raw fruits and vegetables, and in people with structural damage to the small intestine. The most reliable and direct method of diagnosing folate deficiency is the determination of folate levels in both erythrocytes and serum. Low folic acid levels, however, can also be the result of a primary vitamin B12 deficiency that decreases the ability of cells to take up folic acid

  • Ferritin [ 457 ]
  • Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity [ 7573 ]

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Elevated levels of homocysteine are observed in patients at risk for coronary heart disease and stroke.

Intrinsic Factor, produced by cells lining the stomach, binds vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) to facilitate absorption of the vitamin. Blocking antibody impedes the action of Intrinsic Factor as observed in approximately half of the patients who develop pernicious anemia.

Samples should not be collected from a patient who has received Vitamin B12 injection therapy within the last week.


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Iodine is an essential element that is required for thyroid hormone production. The measurement of iodine serves as an index of adequate dietary intake.

Serum iron quantification is useful in confirming the diagnosis of iron-deficiency anemia or hemochromatosis. The measurement of total iron binding in the same specimen may facilitate the clinician''s ability to distinguish between low serum iron levels caused by iron deficiency from those related to inflammatory neoplastic disorders. The assay for iron measures the amount of iron which is bound to transferrin. The total iron binding capacity (TIBC) measures the amount of iron that would appear in blood if all the transferrin were saturated with iron. It is an indirect measurement of transferri


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This iron blood test panel measures hemoglobin, ferritin, fasting serum iron, TIBC (total iron binding capacity) and transferrin levels

  • Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
  • Hemoglobin (Hgb)
  • Transferrin
  • Ferritin

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The methylmalonic acid (MMA) test may be used to help diagnose an early or mild vitamin B12 deficiency. It may be ordered by itself or along with a homocysteine test as a follow-up to a vitamin B12 test result that is in the lower end of the normal range.



Did you know nearly 70% of people in the US are deficient in calcium, followed by omega-3 fatty acids, folic acid, iron, and vitamin B12?

When you don't get the essential vitamins and nutrients from your regular diet, you're more likely to develop chronic health problems such as fatigue, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis.

Due to this, lab tests for vitamins and mineral deficiencies are essential for your body to maintain its health and wellness.

If you're concerned you might have vitamin deficiencies, then keep reading to learn everything you need to know about vitamin and mineral deficiency lab tests. 

What Are Vitamin and Mineral Tests?

Vitamins and minerals play a huge role in practically every process in your body, from immunity, metabolism, digestion, to hormone regulation. If you have ongoing nutritional imbalances, it can lead to:

  • Weight loss
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Loss of bone density
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue and insomnia
  • Poor memory
  • Chronic disease

When you want to understand the state of your health truly, a vitamin or a mineral deficiency test can provide valuable insights into how what you eat affects your body.

How to Test for Vitamin Deficiency

If you're wondering how to test for a vitamin deficiency, it's important to understand what types of nutrients there are. Nutrients can be put into two different categories. First, there are macronutrients which include:

  • Proteins
  • Fats 
  • Carbohydrates (fiber, starch, sugar)
  • Water

The next category is macronutrients that include:

  • Minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and iron
  • Vitamins like Vitamin, B, C, and D
  • Antioxidants

Vitamin deficiency tests evaluate the micronutrients in your blood. They help your doctors diagnose nutritional deficiencies and get an overall picture of your nutritional health.

Benefits of Vitamin and Mineral Lab Tests

A blood test is a simple and powerful tool that identifies nutritional problems early on and prevents disease development. 

Many people don't suffer symptoms but can still be deficient in essential nutrients like vitamin D, calcium, and magnesium. You can also easily fix many of these imbalances by modifying your diet and adding supplements.

Other benefits of vitamin and mineral lab tests include:

  • Improve your organ function with the right nutrients
  • Eliminate symptoms
  • Prevent illness
  • Boost your immune system
  • A diet plan can be formed based on your lab results
  • You can save money by only taking the supplements that you need

Vitamin and Mineral Lab Tests

Depending on your symptoms and what nutrients you want to check, you can find different vitamin and mineral panels from basic to comprehensive.

The Vitamins & Minerals + ( Omegas, CMP & CBC) - Basic panel includes:

complete blood count (CBC) checks the overall health of your blood. The CBC measures things like red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. A comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) measures electrolytes, proteins, blood sugar and gives an overall indication of your kidney and liver function.

Next, a ferritin level measures how much iron is stored in your body. Ferritin is a protein found in your cells directly related to the amount of iron stored in your body. Folate is necessary for normal red blood cell formation and the repair of cells and tissues.

Iron is a mineral your body needs for most of its functions. Your body needs enough iron to carry oxygen to the cells and tissues. Low levels of iron can cause iron deficiency anemia. And omega-3 and omega-6 are fatty acids necessary for your body to function properly, and magnesium is essential for your bones, organs, and tissues.

The Vitamins & Minerals + ( Omegas, CMP & CBC) - Basic Plus panel includes the same tests as the basic panel but includes a prealbumin level, a protein produced by the liver and carries thyroid hormone and vitamin A throughout the body.

Next is a vitamin D and vitamin B12 deficiency test. And a transferrin level more closely assesses iron deficiency and the total iron balance in your body.

The Vitamins & Minerals + ( Omegas, CMP & CBC) - Advanced panel includes additional tests such as homocysteine level, which checks for vitamin B6, B12 deficiencies as well as identify if you're at risk for heart disease or a stroke. Zinc helps your immune system and metabolism function normally.

Vitamins & Minerals + ( Omegas, CMP & CBC) - Comprehensive also includes additional tests such as a detailed panel for vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K, zinc, and copper levels. Copper and zinc are necessary for your immune and nervous system to function normally. They are also key for healthy digestion.

FAQS About Vitamin and Mineral Deficiency Tests

What exact role do minerals play in the body? Minerals are crucial to the health of your and support many functions like:

  • Thyroid gland function
  • Immune system function
  • Muscle function 
  • Normal red blood cell production
  • Bone health

 What illnesses can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies? Digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel, celiac disease, or any disorder that causes malabsorption of food. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies also cause disorders like scurvy, rickets, and protein-energy malnutrition.

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