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Vitamin And Nutrition Testing

Vitamin and Nutrition Blood Tests

Vitamin and nutrition tests

Over the past few decades, a lot of information has emerged showing that good nutrition is essential to good health, along with plenty of evidence linking poor nutrition to greater risk of a long list of diseases and health conditions. For these reasons, many health-conscious people have been making a greater effort to ensure that they are eating healthy, well-balanced diets. If you are one of them, you may be wondering whether or not those efforts are paying off. Are you getting the right balance of nutrients to promote optimal health? These questions are quite common, and a vitamin test can help you answer them.

How do you test for vitamin deficiency?

A vitamin blood test measures the amount of a specific vitamin in your blood. Your personal level of that vitamin is then compared to a reference range that defines healthy levels of that nutrient. If your levels fall below that healthy range, vitamin deficiency is indicated.

Featured Tests and Packages
Expanded Vitamin Panel
$778
 
$399

This package includes tests used to evaluate and measure the levels of specific vitamins and nutrients in your body.

Comprehensive Vitamin Panel
$1025
 
$599

This package includes tests used to evaluate and measure the levels of specific vitamins and nutrients in your body.

ALCAT COMPREHENSIVE WELLNESS PACKAGE 1
$734

The Comprehensive Wellness 1 Alcat Panel will measure an sensitivities to 250 items including: 200 foods, 30 Food Additives/Colorings, Environmental Chemicals, and 20 Molds.

ALCAT COMPREHENSIVE WELLNESS PACKAGE 2
$689

The Comprehensive Wellness 2 Alcat Panel will measure sensitivities to 230 items including: 200 foods, 30 Food Additives/Colorings, and Environmental Chemicals.

ALCAT COMPREHENSIVE WELLNESS PACKAGE 3
$621

The Comprehensive Wellness 3 Alcat Panel will measure sensitivities to 200 items including: 150 foods, 30 Food Additives/Colorings, Environmental Chemicals, and 20 Molds.

ALCAT PLATINUM COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGE
$891

The Platinum Comprehensive measures sensitivities to 320 items: 200 foods, 50 Herbs, 30 Additives, Colorings, Chemicals, 20 Molds, and 20 Antibiotics/Anti-inflammatory Agents.

ALCAT PLATINUM PLUS PACKAGE
$974

The Platinum Plus Package measures sensitivities to 357 items: 237 foods, 50 Functional Foods/Medicinal Herbs, 30 Food Additives/Colorings/Chemicals, 20 Molds, and 20 Antibiotics/Anti-inflammatory Agents.

Anemia Package- Quest Diagnostics
$140
 
$79

Includes a complete blood count (CBC) of red and white cells, iron, iron-binding capacity, and reticulocyte count to screen for anemia

Anemia Package
$140
 
$79

Includes a complete blood count (CBC) of red and white cells, iron, iron-binding capacity, and reticulocyte count to screen for anemia

Gluten Sensitivity Screen (Celiac and Wheat Allergy)
$999
 
$449

Detects antibodies to screen for celiac disease, other gluten sensitivity, or wheat allergy

Vitamin A, E, Beta Carotene Package
$258
 
$129

The Vitamin A, E, and Beta Carotene Package measures the levels of these three nutrients in the blood.

Lab Tests (A-Z)
ALCAT 100 FOOD PANEL
$396

The 100 Food Alcat Panel will measure sensitivities to 100 foods ranging from fruit, vegetables ,dairy, meat, seafood, legumes and spices. Also tests for sensitives to Candida Albicans, Gluten, Gliadin, Casein and Whey.

ALCAT 150 FOOD PANEL
$509

The 150 Food Alcat Panel will measure sensitivities to 150 foods ranging from fruit, vegetables ,dairy, meat, seafood, legumes and spices. Also tests for sensitives to Candida Albicans, Gluten, Gliadin, Casein and Whey.

ALCAT 150 VEGETARIAN FOOD PANEL
$509

The 150 Vegetarian Food Alcat Panel will measure sensitivities to 150 foods ranging from fruit and vegetables to dairy, legumes and spices. Also tests for sensitivities to Candida Albicans, Gluten, Gliadin, Casein and Whey.

ALCAT 20 ANTIBIOTICS AND ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AGENTS PANEL
$216

The 20 Antibiotics/Anti-Inflammatory Panel will measure sensitivities to 20 Antibiotics and Anti-Inflammatory agents such as Acetaminophen, Amoxicillin, Naproxen, and Penicillin.

ALCAT 200 FOOD PANEL
$621

The 200 Food Alcat Panel will measure sensitivities to 200 foods ranging from fruit, vegetables, dairy, meat, seafood, legumes and spices. Also tests for sensitives to Candida Albicans, Gluten, Gliadin, Casein and Whey.

ALCAT 200 VEGETARIAN FOOD PANEL
$621

The 200 Vegetarian Food Alcat Panel will measure sensitivities to 200 foods ranging from fruit and vegetables to dairy, legumes and spices. Also tests for sensitivities to Candida Albicans, Gluten, Gliadin, Casein and Whey.

ALCAT 21 MOLDS PANEL
$218

The 21 Molds Panel will measure sensitivities to 21 Molds such as Aspergillus and Penicillium.

ALCAT 237 FOOD PANEL
$704

The 237 Food Alcat Panel will measure sensitivities to 237 foods ranging from fruit, vegetables, dairy, meat, seafood, legumes and spices. Also tests for sensitives to Candida Albicans, Gluten, Gliadin, Casein and Whey.

ALCAT 30 FOOD ADDITIVES AND CHEMICALS PANEL
$239

The 30 Food Additives,Colorings and Environmental Chemicals Panel will measure sensitivities to 30 Additives/Chemicals such as Acid Blue #3, MSG, and Sucralose.

ALCAT 40 MALE HERBS PANEL
$261

The 40 Male Herbs Panel will measure sensitivities to 40 different herbs such as Alfalfa Leaf, Pumpkin Seed, and Saw Palmetto.

ALCAT 40 PRESERVATIVES AND EXPANDED ADDITIVES PANEL
$261

The 40 Preservatives and Additives Panel will measure sensitivities to 40 different additives such as Acacia Gum, Glycerol, Potassium Sorbate, and Soy.

ALCAT 50 FEMALE HERBS PANEL
$284

The 50 Female Herbs Panel will measure sensitivities to 50 different herbs such as Alfalfa Leaf, Lavendar, Lemon Balm, and Red Raspberry Leaf.

ALCAT 50 FOOD PANEL
$284

The 50 Food Alcat Panel will measure sensitivities to 50 foods ranging from fruit, vegetables, dairy, meat, seafood, legumes and spices.

ALCAT 50 FUNCTIONAL FOODS & MEDICINAL HERBS PANEL
$284

The 50 Functional Foods and Medicinal Herbs panel will measure sensitivities to 50 different foods and herbs such as Bee Pollen, Glucosamine, St. John's Wart, and Milk Thistle.

Beta Carotene
$54

Measures the amount of beta carotene, a factor in vitamin A levels

Calcium
$11

Measures the level of calcium to assess general health or for parathyroid conditions

Celiac Disease Antibody Profile
$639

Detects antibodies associated with celiac disease

Electrolyte Panel
$20

Measures the levels of electrolytes to screen for imbalances

Ferritin
$39

Measures level of ferritin to assess iron deficiency or iron overload

Folate (Folic Acid)
$32

Measures the amount of folate (folic acid) to screen for nutrition or absorption issues and certain types of anemia

Folate, RBC
$169

Measures the amount of folate (folic acid) in the red blood cells as well as evaluated Hematocrit levels to screen for nutrition or absorption issues and certain types of anemia

Iron
$11

Measures level of iron to assess iron deficiency or iron overload

Iron & Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
$29

Measures the amount of iron available to bind to proteins, providing additional information about possible iron deficiency or iron overload

Lactose Tolerance
$169

Evaluates blood samples before and after lactose to assess for lactose intolerance

Magnesium, Blood
$19

Measures the level of magnesium to help assess overall health

Magnesium, RBC
$59

This test measures the level of magnesium in the red blood cells.

Manganese
$129

This test is used to measure and evaluate the level of manganese in the blood.

Methylmalonic Acid
$389

This blood test is used to measure the amount of Methylmalonic acid in your body and to help detect Vitamin B12 deficiency.

Methylmalonic Acid Urine
$389

This urine test is used to measure the amount of Methylmalonic acid in your body and to help detect Vitamin B12 deficiency.

Omega-3 Index Complete, Blood Spot
$100

This OmegaQuant at home test kit may be used to measure your Omega-3 index, Omega-6 : Omega-3 ratio, AA:EPA ratio, Trans Fat index and a full Fatty Acid Profile by a simple finger stick.

Omega-3 and -6 Fatty Acids
$119

This is a blood test used to measure Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.AVAILABLE AT QUEST DIAGNOSTICS ONLY.

Phosphorus
$19

This test measures the level of Phosphorus in the blood.

Sodium
$29

This test measures the level of sodium in the blood.

Tissue Transglutaminase IgA
$219

This test is used to detect Tissue Transglutaminase IgA antibodies only.

Tissue Transglutaminase IgG
$189

This test is used to detect Tissue Transglutaminase IgG antibodies only.

Vitamin A
$56

Measures the amount of vitamin A, an important factor in eye health

Vitamin A, E, Beta Carotene Package
$258
 
$129

The Vitamin A, E, and Beta Carotene Package measures the levels of these three nutrients in the blood.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
$79

The Vitamin B1 blood test measures the levels of Thiamine in the blood.

Vitamin B12
$31

Measures the amount of B12 to screen for nutrition or absorption issues and certain types of anemia

Vitamin B12 & Folate
$44

Measures the amount of B12 and folate (folic acid) to screen for nutrition or absorption issues and certain types of anemia

Vitamin B6
$49

The Vitamin B6 blood test measures the levels of Pyrodoxine in the blood.

Vitamin C
$79

The Vitamin C blood test measures the levels of Vitamin C in the blood.

Vitamin D, 25 Hydroxy
$59

Measures the amount of vitamin D, an important factor in bone strength

Vitamin E
$44

Measures the amount of vitamin E, an important factor in overall health

Vitamin K1
$119

This Vitamin K blood test measures the level of Vitamin K in the blood.

Zinc
$59

The Zinc blood test measures the level of zinc in your body.

Vitamins and Nutrition Resources

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Beating the Wall: Good Nutrition and Staying the Course
Fast Food Nutrition – Fact or Fiction
Iron Levels: The Balancing Act
Can you be Deficient in COQ10? Learn the Signs
10 Signs You May Have A Vitamin D Deficiency
The Case For And Against Dietary Supplements
Getting Older Or Are Your B12 Levels Low
Are You Lacking Essential Vitamins? Find Out With a Simple Blood Test
Five Vitamins You Should Be Taking Right Now
Nutrition and Iron: What You Should Know
The Importance Of Identifying Celiac Disease Symptoms
Can you Overdose on Vitamins? Learn the Signs

Vitamin and nutrition blood tests can provide you with detailed information on your nutritional status, letting you know where you stand in terms of levels of vital nutrients in your system. Those details may be collected via testing with vitamin test panels, which evaluate amounts of a number of vitamins in the body, or with tests designed to evaluate levels of individual nutrients. Here are some examples of commonly requested vitamin and nutrition blood tests:

  • Doctor prescribes vitaminsElectrolyte Panel – Electrolytes are nutrients that conduct the electrical impulses that help muscles and nerves work. They also help maintain healthy fluid balance in the body, as well as balanced pH levels in the blood. This test measures levels of four electrolytes; carbon dioxide, chloride, potassium, and sodium to assess electrolyte balance.
  • Vitamin D, 25 Hydroxy – This test evaluates levels of vitamin D in the body, a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for maintaining bone health and linked to many other aspects of health, including heart and immune system health. Testing is typically done to screen for vitamin D deficiency.
  • Calcium – Calcium is an electrolyte and an important factor in bone strength. This test measures levels of this mineral in the blood.
  • Magnesium – Magnesium is an electrolyte, as well as a mineral that plays a role in more than 300 essential chemical reactions within the body. This makes it important to many aspects of health, including the nervous system, heart, brain and metabolic health. Two types of magnesium tests are commonly done; a simple blood test that measures magnesium levels in the blood, and the magnesium RBC test, which measures the amount of magnesium in the red blood cells.
  • Vitamin A, E, Beta Carotene – These nutrients are antioxidants, which help prevent oxidative damage in the body. Vitamin A is also important for eye health. Beta carotene helps maintain healthy vitamin A levels. Vitamin E is important for overall health and has been linked to cardiovascular health. This test evaluates levels of all three nutrients in the blood.
  • Vitamin B12 – This vitamin is essential to the production of red blood cells and to the manufacture of DNA. It also supports healthy metabolism, nervous system function and energy levels. This test screens for B12 deficiency. Since B-12 deficiency can lead to pernicious anemia, this test is also commonly used as part of diagnostics procedures for this blood disorder.
  • Vitamin Package – A panel of blood tests, the vitamin package assesses levels of vitamins A, C, E, D, B1, B6, B12, folate and beta carotene in the body.
  • Vitamin K1 – This blood test evaluates levels of vitamin K in the blood. This nutrient helps maintain bone health, vascular health and immune system health.

Other tests that may be done as part of a nutritional workup include Anemia Package tests, which evaluate blood cell number and health, iron levels and iron binding capacity, and tests designed to detect problems like lactose intolerance, celiac disease, or sensitivities to wheat and other grains.

How a blood test is done?

Having a blood test done begins with having a blood sample drawn. The sample is generally taken from a vein in your arm. Your sample will then be processed and analyzed by lab technicians. Once analysis is complete, a lab report will be drafted that contains detailed test results. If your tests were ordered by your healthcare provider, results will be sent to his or her office. If you order your own blood tests, the report will be delivered directly to you.

How do you analyze blood?

That depends to some degree upon the specific blood test that is done. That said, blood is usually processed in a centrifuge to separate its various components. Then, lab technicians use various techniques to identify and measure the particular factors each test calls for. For nutritional profiles, those factors would be specific vitamins, minerals, fats, or amino acids. What do they look for in a fasting blood test?

Fasting blood tests are tests that require you to eat no solid food for at least eight hours before your blood is drawn. Examples include lipid panels, which measure levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, blood glucose tests, which measure sugar levels in the blood, and many vitamin and nutrition blood test types that measure levels of specific nutrients in the blood. The reason for fasting is to ensure an accurate result, since eating before these tests can temporarily alter those levels.