Vitamins are crucial for health.
By testing for vitamin deficiencies, you can spot problems before they become serious.
Thanks to modern science, it’s easier and more affordable than ever to test for vitamin and nutrient deficiencies. In fact, plenty of ordinary people test their blood regularly for vitamin and nutrient deficiencies.
How do you test for vitamin and nutrient deficiencies? Why should you test for vitamin and nutrient deficiencies? Keep reading to learn more
How to Test for Vitamin & Nutrient Deficiencies
Modern medicine makes it easy to test for vitamin deficiencies.
From walk-in clinics to at-home tests, you have plenty of options for testing vitamin and nutrient deficiencies.
Some people order a full panel test, testing their blood for over a dozen vitamins and minerals.
Others target a specific vitamin to determine if they’re deficient. Some order a vitamin B12 test, for example.
There are two main types of blood tests to check for vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, including:
- Venous blood tests, where a medical professional punctures a vein in your arm and collects a blood sample
- A finger-prick blood test, where you prick your own finger and collect a small blood sample (say, with a home testing kit)
You can get a blood test through your physician. Alternatively, private companies offer blood tests for a range of issues.
Most Popular Types of Vitamin & Nutrient Deficiency Tests
Common types of blood tests include:
- Comprehensive vitamin panels
- Vitamin B12 tests
- Vitamin D blood tests
- Magnesium blood tests
- Comprehensive mineral panels
- Science Based Nutrition blood tests
Why Test? 5 Signs You Have a Vitamin Deficiency
You may be missing vitamins and minerals and not know it. In fact, your deficiencies could be affecting your health every day.
Here are 5 signs you may have a vitamin, mineral, or nutrient deficiency.
- You Notice Unexplained Hair Loss: You lose hair all the time. The average person loses around 100 strands of hair per day. However, sudden and unexplained hair loss could be the sign of a vitamin or mineral deficiency. Some people have low iron levels, for example, which could lead to severe hair loss. If you feel like you’re losing more hair than normal, then consider getting a vitamin or nutrient deficiency test.
- Your Wounds Take a Long Time to Heal: Your body heals wounds naturally. If your wounds are taking a long time to heal, however, then it could be the sign of a deficiency. People who bruise easily, for example, tend to have lower vitamin C levels.
- You Have an Irregular Heartbeat: A vitamin or nutrient deficiency could be the cause of an irregular heartbeat. Your body needs certain vitamins, including calcium, to keep its heart running smoothly. Calcium regulates your heartbeat. If you have chest pains, an irregular heartbeat, arrhythmia, or similar issues, then you may want to take a deficiency test (or visit a doctor immediately).
- You Have Mental Fog: Mental fog is a common condition. If mental fog is persistent, however, then it may be a sign of a vitamin or nutrient deficiency. If you’ve tried conventional treatments for mental fog (like getting enough sleep), then a vitamin or nutrient deficiency test may be the right choice.
- You Struggle to See at Night: Many people develop worse night vision as they get older. However, this may be a sign of a vitamin or nutrient deficiency. People with low levels of vitamin A, for example, may not be giving their retina the support it needs for good vision.
Other symptoms of vitamin and mineral deficiencies include:
- Aching joints, muscles, and bones
- A burning sensation in the feet or tongue
- White growths on the eyes
- Dry, itchy, or scaly patches of skin
- Brittle hair and nails
- Fatigue, nausea, and weakness
If you experience any of the symptoms above, you may want to take a vitamin and mineral deficiency test.
The Problem with Ordinary Blood Tests
You can order a specific type of blood test – say, for magnesium or vitamin D. However, a single Science Based Nutrition blood test can deliver even greater insight into your health.
Science Based Nutrition is a patented blood analysis system created by a Dayton, Ohio-based company. The goal was to create a better type of blood test.
While most blood tests use a Clinical Range to assess your health, a Science Based Nutrition blood test uses a superior testing system.
The Problem with Clinical Ranges: When you get an ordinary blood test, the lab checks your results against the last 100 to 200 people they tested. That means your bloodwork could be compared with anyone – including people who are sick. People who undergo lab testing typically have some type of health issue.
Your blood test may be “normal.” Unfortunately, because of clinical ranges “normal” doesn’t always mean “healthy.”
Science Based Nutrition solves that problem.
Science Based Nutrition is a Superior Type of Blood Test
To solve the problem of clinical ranges, Science Based Nutrition compares your blood work to an “Optimal Range” of people. This is a healthier population, and it can deliver greater insights into your health.
Instead of comparing your blood work to 200 random people who visited a lab, Science Based Nutrition considers your age, gender, and other personal information to determine optimal nutrient intake.
Optimal Range: Science Based Nutrition’s Optimal Range takes the middle 20% of the clinical range. You can discover potential health problems long before they appear on a traditional blood test.
Science Based Nutrition blood tests are affordable and easy. You can even do them at home.
What You’ll Learn on a Science Based Nutrition Blood Test
A Science Based Nutrition blood test delivers crucial insight into your health. Some of the things you’ll discover on your blood test report include:
- A summary of any abnormal test findings (say, an abnormal red blood cell count)
- The justification or data behind those findings (like low blood globulin levels detected on the test, for example)
- How these tests connect to your symptoms (like cold hands, mental fog, or a high heart rate)
- Recommended solutions for your vitamin and mineral deficiencies (say, taking a vitamin supplement or incorporating more leafy greens into your diet)
- Other actionable information you can use today to solve your deficiencies, including specific supplement and dosage recommendations
Dr. Jason Jumper can explain these results during a remote consultation. Or, you can discuss test results with your own healthcare provider.
Order a Vitamin Deficiency Home Testing Kit Today!
Science Nutrition Lab specializes in Science Based Nutrition blood tests. We can ship a testing kit to your home.
Just follow the instructions in the kit, then get results quickly. A single test can reveal crucial insight into your health beyond an ordinary blood test.
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies affect your life every day.
Order your home testing kit today!