You may not be getting enough vitamins, despite having a well-balanced diet and lifestyle. Find out what essential micronutrients you are running low on, and where you need to bulk up on to ensure a well functioning metabolism.
Is this test for me?
Take the Vitamins Test if you want to focus on your:
Understand how your body metabolises certain nutrients and what type of minerals or vitamins it may require. This will then enable you to adjust your food or supplement intake in line with the way your body absorbs and converts these vitamins.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that primarily aids calcium absorption, promoting growth and mineralisation of your bones. Vitamin D does not really behave like a vitamin, rather it functions more like a hormone. It helps maintain strong and healthy bones by regulating calcium and phosphorus. It is also involved in different functions of your immune system, digestive, circulatory, nervous systems, as well as ageing.
- Vitamin B12 & Active B12
Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin that your body cannot produce. It is found in animal products and also added to some foods. Vitamin B12 has many important functions in our body. It is required for the production of red blood cells, DNA synthesis, and tissue repair. Because Vitamin B12 is commonly found in animal products, individuals following a vegetarian or vegan diet may require supplementation. An active B12 test measures the amount of B12 that available for your body to use.
- Vitamin B9 (Folate)
Folate, or folic acid, is a type of B vitamin. It helps to make DNA, repair DNA, and produce red blood cells. If you do not have enough folate in your diet, you may end up with a folate deficiency. This can occur in just a few weeks. Deficiencies may also occur if you have a disease or genetic mutation that prevents your body from absorbing or converting folate to its usable form. Folate deficiency can cause anaemia.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are vitamins important?
Each vitamin has a very important function in our body. More details about how they help individually can be found in your report once you've received your results, but overall, they contribute to healthy teeth, bones, tissue, skin, metabolism, and production of red blood cells.There are two main types of vitamins:
Water-soluble — they're easily dissolved in water and filtered out by the kidneys (all of the B vitamins)
Fat-soluble — meaning your body is able to store them in fat for future use (these are K, A, D, and E)
Some vitamin deficiencies are relatively common because of the food we eat or choose not to eat, like B vitamins, but some vitamin deficiencies are very rare, like vitamin A. All vitamin deficiencies become symptomatic eventually, but checking your levels or being proactive about dietary changes can prevent you from developing a vitamin deficiency in the future. Likewise, some vitamins can get to toxic levels if you are ingesting too much which can have equally negative health consequences.