Vegan & Vegetarian Blood Test

Vegan & Vegetarian Blood Test

59,00 (includes shipping)

Individuals who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet can have different nutritional needs than those who consume meat and other animal products. As a vegetarian can be lacking in certain nutrients commonly found in animal products, it is important to check these levels and make changes accordingly through diet or taking supplements. This blood test measures key nutrients that people who are vegetarian, vegan, or plant-based often are deficient in.

Test for: Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Hemoglobin, Ferritin and Iron

Test Method:  Finger prick test

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Description

About the Test

What is the Vegan & Vegetarian Blood Test?

This test measures Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Hemoglobin, Iron and Ferritin. The test is a finger prick test that you can easily take from home. Your sample will then be examined by a certified laboratory and you will receive the blood test results within a matter of days. It couldn’t be easier!

Why are people who follow at plant-based diet at risk of certain vitamin and iron deficiencies?

People who are vegetarian, vegan, or otherwise plant based tend to obtain lower amounts of iron, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin D through their diets. This is because the foods with the highest quantities of these nutrients are animal products, such as meat, eggs, or dairy products. It is completely possible to obtain adequate amounts of vitamin B12, vitamin D, and iron with a plant-based diet- however, it may require paying extra attention to the types of foods you eat or taking supplements.

Symptoms

Symptoms of a Vitamin deficiency can include:

Vitamin B12

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain and loss of strength in muscles
  • Shortness of breath and tightness
  • Depression and confusion
  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Aphasia: not being able to find the right words

Vitamin D

  • Problems sleeping
  • Lethargy and fatigue
  • Depression
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Hair loss
  • Osteoporosis

Symptoms of Iron Deficiency/Anemia:

  • Pale skin
  • Fatigue
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness

What's in the test?

What’s in the test kit?

The test kit contains instructions for use, lancets to collect a small blood sample, a blood collection tube, alcohol wipes, band-aids, a protective transport bag and a return envelope to send your sample to a certified laboratory.

What is the test process for Homed-IQ’s HbA1c home test?

Homed-IQ’s Diabetes Test comes with everything you need to successfully take a blood sample from home. Simply activate your test and follow the supplied instructions to collect the sample and then send it to our certified laboratory using the prepaid shipping label. The results will be available within a few days.

Results

Vitamin Levels

This test measures the Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D levels in your blood. Based on the test result, it can be determined whether there is a certain deficiency of one of the tested vitamins and whether something needs to be adjusted in your diet or whether it is recommended to start using supplements to remedy the vitamin deficiency. Additionally, the test can identify if levels are too high in the body, indicating that supplements are not needed.

Iron

Iron is an essential mineral your body needs to create hemoglobin, which plays an essential role in oxygen transport. An iron test measures how much iron is in your blood. 

Ferritin

Ferritin is a protein that stores iron in your body. The amount of ferritin in your blood says something about the amount of iron in your body. The body requires iron for the production of hemoglobin (Hb). Hb carries oxygen in your blood from your lungs to the rest of your body. 

Hemoglobin

Hemoglobin – abbreviated ‘Hb’ – is a protein in your blood that carries oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. It also carries carbon dioxide (CO2) through the lungs. Anemia occurs with a shortage of hemoglobin, and can cause symptoms of fatigue, dizziness and shortness of breath. A low hemoglobin value can indicate anemia.


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes- this test is for anyone who eats a low amount of animal or dairy products and wants to ensure they are getting the correct amount of nutrition from their diet. 

 

Individuals who follow a vegetarian, vegan, or plant-based diet are at an increased risk of anemia. Homed-IQ’s Vegan and Vegetarian Blood Test measures the level of iron, ferritin, and hemoglobin in your blood, which will indicate if you are anemic. Additionally, the test measures Vitamin D and B12, two essential vitamins that are often lower in people who follow a plant-based diet.

It is important that people who consume little or no animal products regularly check their iron and vitamin D/B12 levels regularly, as they are more likely to be deficient due to their diets. Deficiency in essential nutrients your body needs to function like vitamin D, B12, and iron can make you feel unwell and fatigued, as well as compromise your overall health.

Deficiency in essential nutrients your body needs to function can make you feel unwell and fatigued, as well as compromise your overall health. Your body requires iron, vitamin B12, and vitamin D for many different processes, and a deficiency can affect your bones, muscles, brain, and other organs. Next to a vitamin D deficiency, it also can happen to have too high vitamin D level! We wrote an article about how much vitamin D is too much, in case you would like to learn more about this!

The results of this indicate the level of hemoglobin, iron, ferritin, vitamin D, and vitamin B12 in your blood. You can use the results to guide changes in your diet to improve nutrient levels where needed, or use them to discuss options for supplementation with your doctor. 

Vegan sources of vitamin B12 include tempeh, fortified plant milks, nutritional yeast, and fortified breakfast cereals. If you are vegetarian, yogurt, cheese, eggs, and milk are good sources of vitamin B12.

Vegan sources of vitamin D include mushrooms, fortified plant milk or orange juice, as well as fortified breakfast cereals. Furthermore, an excellent source of vitamin D for anyone is sunshine. It is recommended that 5-30 minutes of sun exposure to the face, arms, hands, and legs at least twice a week is sufficient for vitamin D synthesis.

Vegan foods that are high in iron include legumes (beans, lentils), quinoa, spinach, tofu, tempeh, dark leafy greens (swiss chard, kale, arugula), molasses, and seeds (pumpkin, chia, sesame, flax). 

Vegan foods that are high in calcium include dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, bok choy), cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts), soy products (soybeans, tempeh, tofu), legumes (beans, lentils, peas), almonds, and fortified plant milks and juices. 

At-home blood testing is a safe, reliable way to complete a wide range of diagnostic and preventative health screening tests without needing to leave your home. All blood tests sold by Homed-IQ are just as effective as the tests you’d do in-person at your physician, medical clinic, laboratory or hospital. This means they have been scientifically validated to perform as well as an in-office test. All our home test kits come complete with everything you need to perform the sample, including a comprehensive step-by-step guide to ensure your sample is collected correctly. Blood tests are used to check for many common conditions, such as diabetes, viral and bacterial infections, anemia, and some types of cancer.

You should take supplements at the advice of your doctor, if it is confirmed you cannot obtain adequate quantities of a nutrient from diet alone. If your test result shows low levels of certain nutrients, supplements may be an option to improve your levels.

For most people it is sufficient to check vitamin and mineral levels annually. However, this is something that can be discussed further with your GP. 

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How It Works

Order Your Test

Once you have placed your order, your test-kit will be delivered within days (in discreet packaging).

Activate & Mail Your Sample

After online activation of your test-kit, you can collect and mail your sample within minutes.

View Results

A certified laboratory will review your sample, test results will be available within days.

How It Works

Order Your Test

Once you have placed your order, your test-kit will be delivered within days (in discreet packaging).

Activate & Collect Your Sample

After online activation of your test-kit, you can collect and mail your sample within minutes.

View Results

A certified laboratory will review your sample, test results will be available within days.

We only work with the best certified laboratories

All laboratories we work with are ISO 15189 certified, which is the highest possible medical certification in Europe.

Private & Confidential

Order your test online from the privacy of your home. The test kit will arrive in discreet packaging, so no one will know what you ordered. Homediq ensures that you can test at your own terms, and your results will always remain confidential and secure!