What is the Vitamins and Minerals Panel?
Vitamin and Mineral Panel is a series of blood tests that measures specific vitamin and mineral levels enabling you to understand dietary and supplemental needs.
This panel contains the following tests:
- Ferritin & Iron – Ferritin Level is a blood test which moderates protein levels associated with the amount of iron stored in the body. This is a test that measures the amount of ferritin in the blood, usually to diagnose iron deficiency anemia.
- Folate – Folic Acid blood test measures folic acid (vitamin B9) or folate levels in either the blood plasma or in the red blood cells. It is used to identify a folate deficiency, which could indicate other conditions such as malabsorptive disorders or malnutrition.
- Magnesium – Magnesium Level blood test is used to check for levels of magnesium in the blood. Magnesium is needed for nearly all chemical processes in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function and keeps the bones strong. Magnesium is also needed for the heart to function normally and to help regulate blood pressure. Magnesium also helps the body control blood sugar level and helps support the body’s defense (immune) system.
- Phosphorus – Phosphorus Level blood test is used to measure Phosphorus in the blood. Phosphorus helps the nerves, bone and muscles stay healthy.
- Vitamin A – Vitamin A Level blood test is used to help diagnose vitamin A deficiency in people with symptoms, such as night blindness, or in people with diseases that impair intestinal absorption of nutrients and who are at risk of vitamin A deficiency.
- Vitamin B6 – Vitamin B6 Level, also called pyridoxine, is a blood test which is used to assess B6 levels in the blood. Major sources of vitamin B6 include cereal grains, legumes, vegetables (carrots, spinach, peas, and potatoes), milk, cheese, eggs, fish, liver, meat, and flour. Vitamin B6 has been studied for the treatment of many conditions, including anemia (low amounts of healthy red blood cells), vitamin B6 deficiency, certain seizures in newborns, and side effects of the drug cycloserine.
- Vitamin B12 – Vitamin B-12 Level is a blood test which is used to assess B12 levels in the blood. Vitamin B-12 is involved in brain and nerve functioning, blood cell production. This test may be recommended if the following symptoms are exhibited: tingling hands and feet, confusion, dementia, loss of appetite or weakness.
- Vitamin C – Vitamin C Level blood test is used to help diagnose vitamin C deficiency. Blood levels of vitamin C are used to check for nutritional, immune, and cardiovascular status. Low values occur in scurvy, malabsorption syndromes, inflammatory bowel disease, alcoholism, pregnancy, hyperthyroidism, and kidney failure. Smokers have also been shown to have lower levels than non-smokers.
- Vitamin D – Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy is a great measure of a body’s Vitamin D status. Vitamin D is important for maintaining healthy bones and it may also be involved in reducing cancer risk.
- Vitamin E – Vitamin E is a vitamin that dissolves in fat. It is found in many foods including vegetable oils, cereals, meat, poultry, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and wheat germ oil.
- Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC) – Total iron binding capacity (TIBC) is a blood test to see if you have too much or too little iron in your blood.
- Zinc – Zinc is a mineral that’s important to the body in many ways. Zinc keeps the immune system strong, helps heal wounds, and supports normal growth.
When will I receive my results?
Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.
How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?
No preparation or fasting required. Just bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.