Vitamin
Check Plus

£369

A comprehensive blood test to measure the levels of Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D, E, Beta Carotene and Red Cell Folate.

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Key benefits

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Accurate tests
from accredited laboratories

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Easy-to-use
test kits you can do at home

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Confidential results
provided securely online

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Qualified doctors
will interpret your results

Vitamin Check Plus

About this test

Vitamins are organic substances that are essential in small amounts for the normal functioning of the body. A varied diet usually includes all vitamin needs. Vegans, who eat no animal products, may be lacking in Vitamins D and B12. However, most Vitamin D is obtained from exposure to sunlight.

Who is this test for?

This test is for individulas who believe that their diet may be insufficient in certain vitamins and who wish to check their status.

How it works

Collect Sample

We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.

Post Sample

Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.

View Results

View results securely in your own personal dashboard.

Important Information

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.

Tests Included

Red Blood Cells

HCT (haemocrit) measures the amount of space (volume) red blood cells take up in the blood.

Raised levels can result from pregnancy, living at altitude, dehydration as well as low availability of oxygen through chronic lung disease and even sleep apnoea.

Low levels indicate anaemia.

MCHC (mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration) is the average concentration of haemoglobin in your red blood cells.

A high level can indicate the presence of spherocytes (a type of red bood cell with too much haemoglobin) or a deficiency of folic acid or vitamin B12 in the diet.

A low level can indicate chronic blood loss or iron deficiency.

Vitamins

Vitamin A (retinol) is a fat-soluble vitamin found in animal products such as eggs, dairy, liver and kidneys. It is important for the normal reproduction of cells (cellular differentiation) as well as good vision and the proper development of an embryo and foetus.

Vitamin A deficiency can lead to dry eyes (xerophthalmia), night blindness, skin problems, infections, diarrhoea and lung disorders.

Vitamin A can be toxic in high doses so it is important to never take more than the recommended daily allowance unless you have consulted with a doctor.

Beta-carotene is a fat-soluble carotenoid found in plants, and is what gives carrots their orange colour. Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A (retinol) and is a safe source of vitamin A because your body only converts as much as it needs. Excess vitamin A can be toxic. Vitamin A is important for the normal reproduction of cells (cellular differentiation) as well as good vision and the proper development of an embryo and fetus. Beta-carotene is also an antioxidant so protects the body from damaging free radicals. Sources of beta-carotene include carrots, tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, sweet potatoes, squash and broccoli.

Vitamin A deficiency can lead to dry eyes (xerophthalmia), night blindness, skin problems, infections, diarrhoea and lung disorders.

Elevated beta-carotene in the blood may be due over-supplementing with vitamin A. Excessive beta-carotene can be damaging if you are a smoker or heavy drinker. Never take more than the recommended daily allowance unless you have consulted with a doctor.

Vitamin B1 is a water-soluble vitamin found mainly in beef, pork, poultry and offal. Good amounts are also found in whole-grains, legumes and nuts.

All B vitamins are crucial for the conversion of food into fuel and metabolising fats and proteins. It is important for the nervous system and brain function as well as a healthy liver, hair, skin and eyes. It also strengthens the immune system. Thiamine in particular is crucial in certain metabolic reactions and forming adenosine triphosphate which all cells in the body need.

It is fairly rare to be deficient in thiamine, however more common in people with alcoholism, Crohn disease, anorexia or those undergoing dialysis. Symptoms include headaches, nausea, fatigue, depression and abdominal discomfort. It can also make digesting carbohydrates difficult leading to a host of other health problems.

As vitamin B is water-soluble, toxicity rarely occurs and high levels in the blood will often be due to over-supplementing. However high levels of certain B vitamins may affect the liver or nervous system.

Vitamin B2 is a water-soluble vitamin found in foods like almonds, whole-grains, mushrooms, certain dairy products, eggs, brewer’s yeast and some green vegetables.

All B vitamins are crucial for the conversion of food into fuel and metabolising fats and proteins. It is important for the nervous system and brain function as well as a healthy liver, hair, skin and eyes. It also strengthens the immune system. Riboflavin in particular is an antioxidant so fights off damaging free radicals and helps the body use vitamin B6 and folate, as well as assisting in growth and red cell production.

Although rare, vitamin B2 deficiency can occur. Symptoms include anaemia, fatigue, slowed metabolism, nerve damage, a swollen tongue, mouth sores and cracks, skin inflammation, sore throat, swelling of the mucus membranes and changes in mood.

Elevated riboflavin is likely to be due to over-supplementation. Although high levels are rarely dangerous, vitamin B2 supplements can interact with other medication and cause a reaction.

Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin found in foods including some meat, poultry, fish, seafood dairy, lentils, beans, carrots, spinach, bananas, brown rice and whole-grains.

All B vitamins are crucial for the conversion of food into fuel and metabolising fats and proteins. It is important for the nervous system and brain function as well as a healthy liver, hair, skin and eyes. It also strengthens the immune system. Vitamin B6 in particular helps the body make neurotransmitters to carry signals between cells. It is also important for controlling homocysteine levels, brain function, hormone and red cell production and the immune system.

Although rare, a vitamin B6 deficiency can cause muscle weakness, nervousness, mood changes, difficulty concentrating and short-term memory loss.

Elevated vitamin B6 is likely to be due to over-supplementation. Although high levels are rarely dangerous, over-supplementation can cause temporary neurological disorders. Vitamin B6 supplements can also interact with other medication and cause a reaction.

Vitamin B12 is important for production of red blood cells which carry oxygen around the body - low levels can cause anaemia with associated symptoms of lack of energy and fatigue. It is also involved in metabolism and the nervous system and prolonged lack of vitamin B12 may cause nerve damage. Vitamin B12 is almost entirely found in animal foods. 

Raised levels of vitamin B12 can indicate a blood or liver disorder.

Low levels are seen in people with pernicious anaemia, an autoimmune disease which prevents the absorption of vitamin B12 or through dietary restriction e.g. a vegan diet. 

Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin found in many fruits and vegetables including oranges, peppers, strawberries, blackcurrants, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli and brussels sprouts.

Vitamin C is crucial for growth and repair of tissues, healing wounds, healthy bones and teeth and assisting the body with collagen production and iron absorption. It is also an antioxidant so fights off damaging free radicals.

Vitamin C deficiency can lead to scurvy although this is rare. Signs of a deficiency are tiredness, weakness, muscles and joint pain, bruising, small bruise-like spots, dry skin, splitting hair, swelling and bleeding gums, nose bleeds, tooth and bone weakness and problems fighting infections.

Low levels of vitamin C are more common amongst smokers.

As vitamin C is water-soluble it is unlikely to accumulate in the body. Taking vitamin C supplements can cause some reactions such as an upset stomach and diarrhoea.

Although called a vitamin, vitamin D is actually a hormone which is activated by sunshine on your skin. Vitamin D is essential for bone strength as it helps your intestines absorb calcium. However, it is thought that vitamin D also plays an important role in immune function, as well as in many chronic diseases and mental health.

Many people in the UK do not produce enough Vitamin D, especially in the winter months with fewer daylight hours. It is now recommended that you get 10 - 15 minutes of unprotected sun exposure every day to ensure you are producing enough vitamin D. In winter months, if your levels are found to be low, you may wish to take a supplement.

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, whole grains and green leafy vegetables.

Vitamin E is important for keeping the immune system strong, for red blood cell formation and keeping the blood from clotting. It is also an antioxidant so fights off damaging free radicals.

Signs of vitamin E deficiency include muscle weakness and loss of muscle mass, vision problems, anaemia and neurological problems.

Elevated vitamin E from over-supplementation may increase risk of bleeding.

Red Cell Folate is a measure of the body's store of the vitamin folate, also known as folic acid. Folate is a water soluble vitamin which means you need it in your diet every day. It plays a role in DNA creation and is important for the production of red blood cells as well as in the prevention of neural tube defects in babies. 

Low levels can indicate anaemia and can be implicated in raised homocysteine levels. 

Laboratory appointment in London

Your Blood sample will be analysed at our chosen laboratory based in the heart of London's medical district. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from the UK's largest independent provider of clinical diagnostic tests

Private laboratory analysis

Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.

Interpretation of results

Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Vitamin Check Plus results can be downloaded for your doctor.

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Health and Lifestyle tracker

Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.

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