Vitamin and mineral deficiency testing
An organic chemical compounds is called a vitamin when the body cannot make enough of the compound. Then the compound must be obtained through diet.
Biological and chemical activity, and not their molecular structure, classify them. Each vitamin name refers to a number of compounds that all show the same biological activity. The term “vitamin” does not apply to dietary minerals, essential fatty acids, and essential amino acids.
Organic chemical compounds have diverse biochemical functions in your body. Hormone-like regulation of mineral metabolism (vitamin D), or regulation of cell and tissue growth and differentiation (vitamin A), for example. Some vitamins, e.g. E and sometimes C, act as antioxidants. The B complex, the largest number, function as coenzymes or substances that help enzymes as catalysts in metabolism.
Until the mid-1930s, we obtained vitamins solely through food. Changes in diet…for instance seasonally…usually greatly altered the vitamins ingested. Now, multivitamin supplements and additives can be produced as inexpensive semisynthetic and synthetic chemicals.
A vitamin deficiency can cause a disease or a syndrome, a long-term deficiency. Inadequate nutrition causes a primary deficiency. Malabsorption, metabolic, or the result of lifestyle choices including smoking and alcohol consumption may cause secondary deficiencies and underlying disorders.
Your body needs dietary minerals…micronutrients…for proper health. Poor diet, impaired uptake of minerals, or a dysfunction in use of the mineral after it is absorbed may cause a deficiency. These deficiencies cause many disorders including anemia and goiter. They may be called by the mineral that is deficient, as zinc deficiency, iron deficiency, and magnesium deficiency.
Testing for vitamin and mineral deficiency
Vitamin and nutrition blood tests can detect gluten, minerals, iron, calcium, and other deficiencies, telling you which vitamins you lack and which you are getting enough of through natural sources.
A micronutrient test will measure essential micronutrients. Such a test provides the basis for a personalized, functional approach to many metabolic disorders and micronutrient deficiencies. Based on the test results, your supplements and diet changes will support your comprehensive treatment plan.