Will Your Blood Test Detect Vitamin Deficiencies?

Will Your Blood Test Detect Vitamin Deficiencies?

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Vitamin deficiencies affect your overall health, but will your blood test detect them?

CBC – Complete blood count (measures red blood cells, white blood cells, hemoglobin, and iron)

BMP – Basic metabolic panel (measures all basic organ systems and a few nutrients)

Neither of these tests will actually detect all of your nutritional deficiencies. What’s happening in the blood is not happening inside the cell.

Classical nutritional deficiencies – Severe deficiencies like scurvy, rickets, pellagra, or beriberi

Subclinical nutritional deficiencies – Could relate to repair, longevity, or protecting the immune system

Subclinical vitamin deficiency symptoms:

• Vitamin A – Problems with night vision
• Vitamin D – Low back pain
• Vitamin E – Weak muscles
• Vitamin K1 – Bruising
• Vitamin B1 – Anxiety
• Vitamin B2 – Cracked corners of the mouth or lips
• Biotin – Problems with your nails and hair loss
• Vitamin C – Bleeding gums and fatigue

How to test nutrient deficiencies:

Use a blood test that evaluates these nutrients off of your lymphocytes. A company called SpectraCell specializes in this. 

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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