Vitamin B12 Testing
How to check your Vitamin B12 levels with a home finger-prick blood test kit
What Is A Vitamin B12 Test For?
A Vitamin B12 test is also known as an Active Vitamin B12 test.
Vitamin B12 is an important vitamin for many bodily functions, such as brain health, blood cell production, and proper nerve function.
Vitamin B12 is absorbed through foods such as meat, fish and eggs with several years worth stored in the liver, so deficiencies are uncommon in non-vegans.
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Vitamin B12 Testing UK Statistics 2021
21.3% of people tested have Vitamin B12 levels which are too high.
And 1.1% have levels that are too low.
The average Vitamin B12 result is 119.9 pmol/L
Note what is normal for you may differ for your age and gender.
Men tend to report higher Vitamin B12 in their blood than women.
As many as one in five men tested have high levels of Vitamin B12
of people have Vitamin B12 blood levels in the normal range. Do you?
Are you in the 77.6% with normal results?
What If Vitamin B12 Test Levels Are High?
Increased B12 can be caused by excessive supplementation, which is not usually an issue unless kidney problems are present.
However, there are other conditions which cause this so where other markers are also abnormal we recommend discussing with your GP.
What If Vitamin B12 Test Levels Are Low?
Note that low vitamin B12 levels can occur without presenting any clinical issues, as while serum levels are low, active vitamin B12 may be at acceptable levels within the cells of the body.
Vitamin B12 levels may also be reduced in pregnant women, or those taking oral contraceptives.
Supplementation to increase levels to normal is usually safe for people without kidney problems.
Note that only taking folic acid supplements may mask remaining B12 deficiencies, so a complete Vitamin B Complex is recommended.
How To Test Vitamin B12?
The Vitamin B12 Test allows you to accurately check your levels of Vitamin B12 in a fingerprick blood sample.
You can check your Vitamin B12 levels by buying a home finger-prick blood test kit below. Your sample is then professionally analysed in an accredited laboratory for total reassurance. The Vitall Vitamin & Minerals Home Test Kit includes a Vitamin B12 test and is available for just £69.
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