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Nutrition Blood Test

Nutrition Blood Test


A finger-prick nutrition test to make sure that your body is getting the important vitamins and minerals it needs for health and well-being.
Blood sample 11 biomarkers included Results estimated in 2 working days from sample receipt at lab
Nutrition Blood Test
Nutrition Blood Test
Nutrition Blood Test
Nutrition Blood Test
Nutrition Blood Test

Is it for you?

This at-home nutrition check is recommended for people looking for a general nutrition overview, as well as people following a plant-based, restricted, or special diet. Find out if you are getting enough vitamins (including vitamin D and B12) and minerals from your diet. You can also check your cholesterol status and levels of inflammation, which can both be influenced by diet.

What's included?

Biomarker profiles

  • Cholesterol Status
  • Inflammation
  • Iron Status
  • Minerals
  • Vitamins

Cholesterol Status (6 Biomarkers)

Inflammation (1 Biomarker)

Iron Status (1 Biomarker)

Minerals (1 Biomarker)

Vitamins (2 Biomarkers)

Special instructions

Prepare for your Nutrition Blood Test by following these instructions. Take this test when any symptoms of short-term illness have settled. Avoid fatty foods for eight hours before your test, you do not need to fast. You should take this test before you take any medication or vitamin/mineral supplements. Do not take biotin supplements for two days before this test, discuss this with your doctor if it is prescribed. Do not take vitamin B12 for two weeks prior to this test. If your B12 is prescribed ask your doctor whether to stop.

From the expert

Most balanced diets provide us with all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need without the need for supplements. But, even with the best intentions, not everyone eats as well as they could all of the time. If you eat a plant-based diet, you may be more prone to vitamin B12 or vitamin D deficiencies. With this test, you’ll find out whether you need to include more vitamins and minerals in your diet or whether you might benefit from taking a supplement.

Our home Nutrition Blood Test also includes a full cholesterol profile, with a breakdown of LDL (bad) and HDL (good) cholesterol, as well as a marker for inflammation (CRP-hs). These markers are useful as your diet can influence them. 

Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP
Chief Medical Officer


Why have a blood test as a vegan?
Blood tests can help you to monitor your health as a vegan or vegetarian to make sure you’re getting enough of the right nutrients or identify any health conditions.

Having a blood test can help you monitor how diet changes impact your health, check you are getting the right vitamins and minerals, and observe the effects of supplementation.
What deficiencies are vegans more prone to?
If you are following a plant-based diet, there are some important biomarkers you may need to keep an eye on to make sure you are getting adequate levels.

Key biomarkers for vegans:
  • Vitamin B12
  • Ferritin (your body’s iron stores)
  • Vitamin D
  • Omega 6:3 ratio
Do vegans have lower cholesterol?
Unhealthy cholesterol profiles are a risk factor for developing cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke.

Our veganalysis shows that, on average, people following a vegan diet have 15% lower non-HDL cholesterol (the more harmful stuff) and lower total cholesterol levels (9.93%) than people following an omnivorous diet. Non-HDL cholesterol levels in early middle age are associated with heart disease in later life.
Can vegans get enough iron?
You can get all the iron you need from a vegan or plant-based diet.

Plenty of plant foods contain a good amount of iron, including lentils, chickpeas, beans, tofu, cashew nuts, chia seeds, ground linseed, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, kale, dried apricots and figs, raisins, quinoa, and fortified breakfast cereal.

Learn more about plant-based diets and nutrition, including what to monitor when eating a plant-based diet.

Why take this test?

  • Check your vitamin and mineral levels.
  • You eat a plant-based, restrictive, or special diet and want to make sure you’re not missing out on essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Investigate whether an iron or vitamin deficiency is causing low energy.
  • Keep an eye on your cholesterol and inflammation levels.

Laboratories you can trust

Trusted by the NHS and private clinics alike, you can be sure of the highest testing standards from our UKAS accredited partner laboratories.

Dr Sam Rodgers - Chief Medical Officer

Expert advice with your results

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Questions? Let us help
Questions? Let us help

Questions? Let us help

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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.