Vitamin mineral blood test

Vitamin mineral blood test

A vitamin mineral blood test can be ordered online at Health, the comprehensive mineral panel blood test will test for deficiencies in

  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese

What is a mineral deficiency?

A mineral deficiency occurs when there is a lack of a certain mineral in your diet, it’s something that happens over a period of time and there are a number of causes for example your body may have an increased need for a particular mineral that may be lacking in your diet or your body could be finding it difficult to absorb that mineral from your food.

Vitamin deficiency means that your body will find it hard to function properly, your body has a daily requirement (RDA) of minerals in order to function to its maximum, minerals are sourced from food, mineral supplements or food products that have extra minerals added, a mineral deficiency can cause a number of health conditions such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Decreased immune system
  • Weak bones

A vitamin mineral blood test will identify deficiencies in five categories, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc, to find out the cost of a comprehensive mineral panel blood test go to the Health website here.

Vitamin mineral blood test

Copper deficiency

A copper deficiency can be difficult to diagnose mainly because the symptoms are similar to so many other conditions for example it could be mistaken for a vitamin b12 deficiency, a deficiency in copper can cause symptoms that affect the immune system such as:

  • Easy bruising
  • Sore skin
  • Muscle soreness
  • Fatigue
  • Inflammation on the skin
  • Frequent sickness
  • Feeling cold all the time

Copper is found mostly in your liver, bones and muscles, but also found in all tissues in the body, copper plays a major role in forming red blood cells, connective tissue and bones, it also helps with energy production and helps antioxidants to fight free radical damage in the body.

Calcium deficiency

Calcium is necessary to keep bones and teeth strong, calcium also plays a role in supporting blood vessel function, nerves, muscles, and hormone function, calcium is found naturally in milk, cheese, yoghurt, as well as in beans, peas, green vegetables like kale and broccoli, calcium can also be found in small bony fish as well as calcium fortified foods like cereal, tofu and juices.

If you are deficient in calcium it may not be that noticeable in the short term because the body is very good at regulating calcium amounts in the blood, over the long term a lack of calcium can cause a decrease in bone mineral density also known as osteopenia, this condition can if left untreated turn into osteoporosis especially in older people increasing the risk of bone fractures.

A medical problem or treatment can cause severe calcium deficiency, treatments include surgery to remove a stomach, diuretics or kidney failure, symptoms include iron deficiency

Vitamin mineral blood test

What is an iron deficiency?

Iron is a vital part of hemoglobin and more than 50% of the iron content in the body is carried in red blood cells, hemoglobin is a protein that is responsible for carrying oxygen to your cell tissues, iron is an important part of both proteins and enzymes that keep you healthy, food that contain iron are fish, poultry, meat as well as plant based foods like lentils and beans. An iron deficiency can start slowly and progress to anaemia.

Anaemia is considered to be uncommon in the USA especially in people that exercise and eat healthy foods, however the WHO in a report issued in 2008 stated that a deficiency in iron was responsible for over 50% of all case’s of anaemia across the world, symptoms of an iron deficiency include feeling extremely tired and weak, it may also include poor performance at work or college, signs of cognitive impairment and social development may be apparent in children with an iron deficiency.

What is a potassium deficiency?

Potassium is a mineral that is essential for your body to work properly, even though it is a mineral it works as an electrolyte by helping your muscles to contract and your nerves to function, potassium also helps your heartbeat to beat normally, potassium helps with moving nutrients into your body’s cells and it moves waste products from cells. Sodium can be harmful to blood pressure so potassium works to negate its effects.

Most of us get enough potassium from foods that we eat for example leafy greens like:

  • Cabbage or spinach
  • Root vegetables like potatoes or carrotts
  • Grapes and blackberries
  • Oranges or grapefruits
  • Bananas, avocado
  • Orange juice, nuts, plums

Your kidneys regulate the correct amount of potassium that your body needs, however conditions like chronic kidney disease can affect how potassium is removed from the blood, certain medicines can elevate potassium levels, if the vitamin,mineral blood test finds high potassium levels you may be given a special diet to get it under control.
If you have chronic kidney disease, your kidneys may not remove extra potassium from the blood.

Some medicines also can raise your potassium level. You may need a special diet to lower the amount of potassium that you eat, a common reason for elevated potassium levels is excessive fluid loss that may be caused by kidney disease, excessive vomiting, or by using certain medications like diuretics, symptoms may include weakness, muscle cramps, constipation, abdominal pain or bloating, in severe case’s it can cause muscle paralysis or irregular heart beat that could be fatal.

What is magnesium deficiency?

It’s very important to get a vitamin mineral blood test because it will measure magnesium levels, they are vitally important for hundreds of chemical reactions in the body, a good example is a chemical response that controls blood glucose and blood pressure levels, magnesium is also essential for proper functioning of nerves, muscles, brain function, protein production, and energy metabolism.

Where do you find Magnesium?

Nearly 60% of your body’s magnesium is found in your bones while 40% is found in your muscles and soft tissues, its uncommon to find a deficiency in magnesium levels in healthy people, your kidneys make sure that magnesium stays in the body, however certain health conditions such as alcoholism can cause a deficiency in magnesium, in some case’s magnesium RDA may not be enough for certain individuals.

Early symptoms of a mineral deficiency include:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Tingling
  • Muscle spasms
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Changes in personality
  • Numbness

What is a zinc deficiency?

Zinc is one of those essential minerals that you get from foods that you eat, or it could be added to certain foods or on supplement form, you can also find zinc in cold lozenges and over the counter cold remedies,.zinc is involved in the metabolism of cells and the catalytic activity of about one hundred enzymes. Zinc is pivotal for wound healing, protein synthesis, DNA synthesis and cell division, pregnancy development, proper sense of smell and taste, childhood and adolescence.

Symptoms of a zinc deficiency include a loss of appetite, smell, taste, slow growth and decreased immune function

Causes of a mineral deficiency

To state the obvious a major cause of a mineral deficiency is as simple as not getting sufficient essential minerals from the foods that you eat or from mineral supplements that you take, other reasons could be too much unhealthy food or not eating enough fruit and vegetables, it can also be caused by a weight loss diet, a food allergy, lactose intolerance or difficulties digesting food.

What are the symptoms of a mineral deficiency?

A lot depends on what nutrients are lacking, the only way to find out is to get a vitamin mineral blood test through Health website, if you suffer from one or more of the above mentioned symptoms especially pro,longed fatigue, poor concentration or weakness you may have a mineral deficiency.

Vitamin mineral blood test

To find out more on the comprehensive mineral panel blood test go straight to the Health website to find a blood sample draw location near you, the blood test is available online and includes measuring the following levels of these minerals:

  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Manganese
  • Calcium

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