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Insight into your nutritional health

Poor diet can have a significant impact on your health. It can cause conditions like obesity, metabolic syndrome and common chronic systemic diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.

This nutrition blood test is a comprehensive and reassuring way of assessing your current state of health and identifying common conditions based on the levels of vitamins and minerals in your blood.

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Following the results of your nutrition blood test, consider optimising your health with clinical nutrition. We offer teleconsults with our experienced clinical nutritionist who will work with you to develop your bespoke treatment plan. This may involve nutrition programming or therapeutic nutrition - check out our blog for more information.

What we test

Water Soluble Vitamins

Water-soluble vitamins are not stored in the body. The body absorbs what it needs and then usually excretes the excess in your urine. The body needs a continuous supply through a steady daily intake. B vitamins are a class of water-soluble vitamins which play important roles in cell metabolism, converting food into fuel and metabolising fats and proteins. They are important for the nervous system and brain function as well as a healthy liver, hair, skin and eyes, and they also strengthen the immune system.

This nutrition blood test measures:

Found almost entirely in meat and animal food products. Cobalamin helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells and is also needed to make DNA.

Found naturally in food, such as green leafy vegetables. Folate (vitamin B9) plays a role in DNA creation and is important for the production of red blood cells.

25-hydroxyvitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for bone strength as it helps the intestines absorb calcium. Calcium and vitamin D play a critical role in developing and maintaining your overall bone health, and when you don’t get enough you increase your risk of developing osteoporosis and the incidence of stress fractures.

This vitamin D test measures:

Although called a vitamin, vitamin D (25-OHD) is actually a steroid hormone which is activated by sunshine on the skin. It is essential for bone strength as it helps the intestines absorb calcium.

Copper to Zinc Ratio

A high Copper to Zinc ratio is believed to cause a range of detrimental health effects including growth and mental abnormalities, increased age degeneration and increase oxidative stress and cardiovascular disease risks.

This blood test measures:

Found in organ meats, shellfish, chocolate, mushrooms, nuts, beans, and whole-grain cereals. Helps protect cells from damage, and is needed for forming bone and red blood cells.

Found in liver, eggs, seafood, red meats, oysters, certain seafood, milk products, eggs, beans, peas, lentils, nuts and whole grains. Needed for healthy skin, wound healing, and helps fight illnesses and infections.

In a functional medicine context a high Copper to Zinc ratio is believed to cause a range of detrimental health effects including growth and mental abnormalities, increased age degeneration and increase oxidative stress and cardiovascular disease risks.

Iron Studies

Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional problem in Australia. It slows your body’s production of haemoglobin, which your red blood cells need to pick up oxygen from your lungs and carry it to every cell in your body. If you have a shortage of iron you experience symptoms of anaemia, which include feeling breathless after little exercise, feeling tired, heart palpitations and looking pale.

This blood test measures:

An essential trace element is necessary for forming healthy red blood cells and for some enzymes.

A protein that binds iron and transports it around the body (also known as TIBC). High levels indicate iron deficiency.

Low levels typically indicate iron deficiency, and high levels can indicate iron overload.

The ferritin concentration within the blood stream reflects the amount of iron stored in your body and is reduced in anaemia.

Test instructions

Fast from all food and drink other than water for at least 8 hours, and no more than 12 hours prior to your test.

Download and print your pathology form from your i-screen dashboard.

Take your form to one of our affiliated collection centres to have your sample taken - no need for an appointment.

Results for this test available in 1-2 weeks and will be published in your online dashboard.

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