If you want to optmise your nutritional intake, or you’re worried that a particular diet pattern may be leaving you deficient, then the nutrition blood test will benefit you.
The Nutricheck test gives you a comprehensive look at your body’s levels of the following key nutrients:
But that’s not all. Our nutrition blood test doesn’t just provide a vitamin levels check, it also assesses your cholesterol levels, both good and bad, as well the level of inflammation in the body, which can rise due to poor diet.
According to our research, vitamin deficiencies can affect all age groups in the UK. Some groups in society are at a greater risk of certain deficiencies such as vegans and vegetarians who have an increased risk of vitamin B12 deficiency.
Everyone in the UK, on the other hand, is at risk of vitamin D deficiency. Individuals from African, African-Caribbean and South Asian origin may be at a higher risk because their bodies may not be able to make as much vitamin D.
On average the NHS spends £1.9 million on vitamin B prescriptions each month and a further £8.5 million on vitamin D perscriptions.
The symptoms of vitamin deficiencies are varied but can include:
If deficiency is prolonged, it can result in anaemia. The symptoms of anaemia can include:
“Our diet plays a crucial role in our health, providing us with essential nutrients to enable our bodies to function properly. A vitamin deficiency can therefore have wide-ranging effects on our health from weak bones to frequent colds, low energy, fatigue, depression, and digestive issues. Generally, we can get all the nutrients we need through our diet, so it’s important to check that your diet is providing these vitamins and minerals. This test measures some of the essential nutrients such as vitamin D, B12, magnesium, iron, ferritin, and folate. Knowing where your diet is lacking can help you make the right changes and also inform you whether or not you need supplements.”
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Vitamin deficiency occurs when you have a chronic lack of a specific vitamin. If the deficiency is caused by poor nutrition then it is called primary deficiency but if it’s caused by an underlying condition, it’s known as a secondary deficiency.
Secondary deficiencies can be caused by things such as malabsorption, chemotherapy, or diseases such as HIV.
Most people don’t need to take supplements because a diet rich in carbohydrates, a variety of fruit, vegetables, beans, and pulses as well as good sources of protein should provide your body with the nutrients it needs.
However, it is recommended that everyone in the UK should take a vitamin D supplement, particularly during the winter months because of the lack of sunlight.
You can find out more in our blog on supplements.
Despite some of the benefits of a meatless diet, vegans and vegetarians are at an increased risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. That’s because vitamin B12 is only found in animal products. So, it is vital to plan a vegan or vegetarian diet properly to make sure you don’t miss out on essential nutrients.
Iron is another nutrient which individuals who follow a meat-free diet can become deficient in, especially women who are already at a greater risk. Iron is essential for the production of red blood cells, particularly for the formation of haemoglobin, the red pigment essential for carrying oxygen to requiring tissues.
HDL stands for high-density lipoproteins and is considered ‘good’ cholesterol because it transports cholesterol from your blood to the liver where it is removed from the body.
LDL stands for low-density lipoproteins and it’s this type which is known as ‘bad’ cholesterol because it transports cholesterol from the liver to the tissues in the body. A build-up of LDL can cause plaques of cholesterol to form on artery walls, restricting blood flow. This can increase the risk of blood clots and could block the flow of blood to the heart and/or brain.
If you want to test and track a specific vitamin or mineral, our vitamin D, ferritin, vitamin B12 tests will give you a clear and accurate result of these nutrient levels. However, the advantage of our Nutricheck is that you can accurately measure multiple micronutrient levels all in one test which is far more cost-effective.
According to our own data, 27 % of people have insufficient or deficient levels of vitamin D. Deficiency is defined at less than 25 nmol/L while insufficiency is 25-49 nmol/L.
Almost three-quarters of people (74%) had vitamin D levels which fell below the optimum recommended for wellbeing. Both men and women are at risk of vitamin D deficiency in the UK and it can have unwanted health consequences for both genders, including:
Vitamin B12 is usually only present in animal-based foods, but there are some fortified breakfast cereals and non-dairy milk available. Good sources include:
CRP or c-reactive protein is a protein found in the blood when there is inflammation present in the body.
It has been used for years as a biomarker for infection and inflammation by the medical world. The CRP test can detect inflammation associated with atherosclerosis (fatty plaques in the arteries which increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes).
It is important to detect inflammation because it is a precursor to most diseases.
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