Summary: A blood spot test that measures 25-hydroxy Vitamin D status. Test includes: biologically active form (D3), supplemented form (D2).
ZRT Product Name: Vitamin D, 25-OH, Total
Symptoms of Vitamin D Deficiency
Current research indicates Vitamin D deficiency plays a role in causing cancer, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other health maladies. Knowing your Vitamin D levels can help stave off later complications.
Vitamin D, also called “the sunshine vitamin”, is a nutrient made in the body from exposure to the sun but also from some foods and supplements. While it is called a vitamin, it is actually a “pro-hormone” because it effects the health of so many parts of the body including bone, brain, immune, intestinal, kidney, liver, nerves, pancreas, parathyroid, prostate, and skin tissue.
What is included in the Canary Club Vitamin D Sunshine Profile?
The Sunshine Test checks for the Vitamin D levels present in your bloodstream.
The lab will email you within 3-5 business days after they receive the samples for on-line access to your results.
If test results show that I have a deficiency, what steps can I take to correct it?
Get more Vitamin D from the sun
When we spend time in the sun, a molecule in our skin is transformed into vitamin D3, the active component. By exposing both arms and legs to the sun for 10 minutes in the summer, one can absorb enough vitamin D per day but this is generally only possible during the summer months. If we use sunscreen or have a dark complexion, we will need more time in the sun. Likewise, if we live in the northern latitudes (like most of North America), the sun is at such an angle during the winter months that we cannot get enough sun exposure even if we stand outside all day in a bikini!
Get Vitamin D from certain foods
Although food sources of vitamin D cannot adequately supply your body with enough in one day, eating the following foods regularly can help maintain your levels within normal range in combination with sun exposure or supplementation.
· Egg yolk
· Shitake mushrooms
· Tuna, sardines, salmon and mackerel
· Cod liver oil
· Fortified dairy, orange juice and cereals