Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. B12 is an important vitamin for many basic bodily functions, such as brain health, blood cell production, and proper nerve functioning. Low levels of B12 can suggest vitamin B12 deficiency anemia or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).
Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is important to every cell and tissue throughout the body. From proper immune function and bone density to heart health and mood disorders, vitamin D is critical for optimal health. We use the 25-hydroxy vitamin D blood test to measure how much vitamin D is in your body which is the most accurate method of assessment.
All cells need calcium in order to work. It is important for heart function, and helps with muscle contraction, nerve signalling, and blood clotting. Lower levels can give you an indirect measurement of magnesium deficiency, Vitamin D deficiency and disorders that affect absorption of nutrients from the intestines. A higher than normal level may be due to a number of health conditions.
Vitamin B9, also called folate or folic acid, is one of 8 B vitamins. All B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy. Folic acid is crucial for proper brain function and plays an important role in mental and emotional health. It aids in the production of the body's genetic material. It is especially important when cells and tissues are growing rapidly, such as in pregnancy. Folic acid also works closely with vitamin B12 to help make red blood cells and help iron work properly in the body. B9 blood testing is sensitive to recent dietary intake, so it might not reflect long-term status.
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