Vitamin and Mineral Essential Panel

Vitamin and Mineral Essential Panel

What is Nutrition and why is it so important

Nutrition is the study of nutrients in food, how the body uses them, and the relationship between diet, health, and disease. Nutrition also focuses on how people can use dietary choices to reduce the risk of disease, what happens if a person has too much or too little of a nutrient, and how allergies work.

Using the ideas from biochemistry, molecular biology, and genetics to understand how the human body is affected by optimal nutrition or being vitamin and mineral deficient.

While it’s possible to get most of them from a balanced diet, the typical Western diet is low in several very important nutrients. A varied diet to obtain a wide range of nutrients will provide nourishment to all the cells and organs within our bodies, utilizing the proteins, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water. If people do not have the right balance of nutrients in their diet, their risk of developing certain health conditions and disease increases.

Some people choose to follow a specific diet, in which they focus on certain foods and avoid others. Individuals who do this may need to plan carefully to ensure they obtain all the necessary vitamins to maintain their health.

Sign and Symptoms of a Nutritional Deficiency

The symptoms of a deficiency will vary from one nutrient to the next. Each and every vitamin or mineral has its own purpose and “job” to do in the body, so it makes sense that missing out on one would cause problems with that process. Most vitamins and minerals need each other to be able to work effectively to do their “job” properly.

There are some symptoms that appear with several nutrient deficiencies, there are also a large number of unexpected symptoms of vitamin and mineral deficiency. Some of the listed symptoms are also symptoms of other illnesses and this is why it is so important to have your vitamin and mineral levels checked.

The most common symptoms include:

  • Ongoing or excessive fatigue
  • Hair loss/ Thinning
  • Brittle hair and nails
  • Red or white bumps on the skin
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Having a difficult time focusing, decline in mental functioning
  • Brain fog or memory loss
  • Unexpected weight loss or weight gain
  • Changes in your appetite and cravings
  • Having bouts of constipation or diarrhea
  • Urine output has increased or decreased with a change in the colour or odour
  • Mood swings or changes in your mood
  • Poor night vision and white growths on the eyes

Here's the concerning part, in many cases, there are no symptoms or clues at all. Even if you have symptoms, you may be so used to them you don't realize that the way you're feeling isn't normal.

Knowing if You Have a Nutritional Deficiency

Now that you know nutrient deficiencies can hide without showing any symptoms, you know why it's crucial to get tested on a regular basis. Even if you don't feel any symptoms, micronutrient deficiencies can have a serious impact on your health, especially if they continue for years or decades under your radar.

Some people think they can see if they have a proper nutritional intake by looking at their diet, analyzing everything they eat, reading the labels on the food products and vitamin supplements they consume, or tracking everything they eat and drink on an App on their phone.

Those kinds of tools are helpful, but only to a certain extent. It can help give you an idea of what you can do in regards to habits and dietary changes, but that alone does not tell you whether your body is processing, absorbing and utilizing the vitamin and minerals.

Just take more supplements, right?

Wrong, having more or too much of a certain vitamin or mineral isn’t always a beneficial thing. Taking too much of it can build up and become toxic. If your body already has enough in your system and your body can’t metabolize or excrete the excess through routes such as urination or bowel movements, this can cause damage to your vital organs and lead to serious health issues.

Once you get these tests as a baseline that can help you avoid countless health problems down the road. It allows you to know if you need to visit a doctor, adjust your diet, or both.

Blood Tests Included In the Vitamins and Minerals Panel - Essentials

On top of eating an unbalanced diet, one of the most common mistakes people make is not realizing how many vitamins and minerals they need to think about. To keep your body functioning at its best, there are so many essential vitamins and minerals that need to be in balance. When it comes down to it, the only way to know if your body has what it needs is to get a blood test.

Let’s have a look at what this unique and comprehensive panel includes:

Tests Tests Details
Basic Metabolic Panel

Includes electrolytes and other important biomarkers.

Potassium (KS) | Sodium (NAS) | Chloride (CL) | Bicarbonate | Anion Gap | Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) | Creatinine with eGFR (eGFR) | Calcium, Total (CA) | Glucose, Random (GLURA)
Complete Blood Count (CBC) A complete blood count (CBC) is a blood test. It's used to look at overall health and find a wide range of conditions, including anemia, infection and leukemia.
A complete blood count test measures the following:
  • Red blood cells, which carry oxygen
  • White blood cells, which fight infection
  • Hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells
  • Hematocrit, the amount of red blood cells in the blood
  • Platelets, which help blood to clot
Ferritin (FERR1)

A ferritin test measures the amount of ferritin in your blood, a protein that stores and contains iron.

Iodine, Serum (IOD)

Is an elemental mineral that plays a crucial role in the human body by aiding in the production of thyroid hormones. These hormones are responsible for regulating a variety of important biochemical reactions, such as protein synthesis. In addition, thyroid hormones are vital for maintaining a healthy metabolic rate.

Iron + TIBC (FEC)

Iron is an important mineral that your body needs to stay healthy. Your body uses iron to make hemoglobin. This is the protein in your red blood cells that carries oxygen around your body.

Magnesium (MGS)

Your body needs magnesium to help your muscles, nerves, and heart work properly. Magnesium also helps control blood pressure and blood sugar levels. It's important for building strong bones, and it supports your immune system.

Selenium (SEWB)

Selenium is an antioxidant that plays an important role in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis, and protection from oxidative damage and infection.

25-Hydroxyvitamin D2 and D3, Serum (25HDN)

Vitamin D is essential for bone health as it enables the absorption of calcium, the main bone component, while also regulating various cellular functions; its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties contribute to immune health, muscle function, and brain activity.

Vitamin B-9 (Folate)

 Is important in red blood cell formation and for healthy cell growth and function. The nutrient is especially crucial during early pregnancy to reduce the risk of birth defects of the brain and spine.

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)

Plays an essential role in red blood cell formation, cell metabolism, nerve function and the production of DNA, the molecules inside cells that carry genetic information.


Zinc is a mineral that your body uses for fighting off infections and producing cells. It’s important for healing injuries and creating DNA, the genetic blueprint in all of your cells.

Take charge of your well-being. Book your private blood testing with Health Today. Embrace proactive care and gain valuable insights into your health. Schedule your appointment now for a healthier tomorrow. 

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