How to test for vitamin deficiencies?

In a previous blog, we talked about what scenarios encourage someone to take action and to start taking supplements. Whilst the large majority of people just make a conscious decision there are diagnostic methods that can quantify and indicate the levels of micronutrients in your body. We discuss some of the pros and cons of each method.

 

1) Blood tests- In a health care setting, blood is often drawn from patients and sent to a lab for analysis. From here the practitioners looking after patients will recommend a protocol based on what the deficiencies might be. An example of this technology can be found here at www.spectracell.com

Pros: this method is by far the most accurate method of diagnosing and will without doubt personally profile your blood work.

Cons: this approach is invasive and often a barrier for those who are scared of needles. The process can also be lengthy and expensive. A typical online private test can cost upwards of £250!

 

2) Genetic analysis- Whilst this is not strictly a test to determine levels, genetic analysis can tell you how able your body is to absorb, metabolise and use certain micronutrients

Pros: A very accurate indicator of your body’s micronutrient ecosystem.

Cons: Very similar to the blood work approach. Specialist equipment is needed to run this analysis and can prove expensive for most.  DNAfit are the current 'on trend' company offering this service and more information can be found here www.DNAfit.com

 

3) EAV acupuncture- A technique developed in the 1950’s based on the accumulated knowledge of acupuncture over the ages. This method involves running a micro voltage through the body and reading the transmitted voltage at certain parts of the body known as meridians. It is akin to what we call bio-resonance. A great example of this application with a flavour of modern technology is www.vitastiq.com

Pros- a quick, non-invasive, painless test that can be done anywhere with the right equipment!

Cons- Critics are skeptical about the accuracy of results this method can provide.

When it's all said and done, there are a number of approaches available to that might spur you into taking some action! Let us know what you would use and why?!

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