Vitamin B12 Test I Results within 1-3 days online I Swiss lab

CHF 59
Vitamin B12 Test I Results within 1-3 days online I Swiss lab

Vitamin B12 Test I Results within 1-3 days online I Swiss lab

CHF 59

Vitamin B12 Tracking

CHF59

analyses current Vitamin B12 levels and identifies deficiency as well as risk of deficiency

provides treatment recommendations in case of deficiency or risk of deficiency

samples are taken at home and evaluated by Swiss lab

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The Vitamin B12 test is a medical test specifically designed for home use and your sample will be evaluated by a Swiss lab.

With the Vitamin B12 test, we assess the levels of Vitamin B12 in your blood. Your test is analysed by a leading Swiss lab, Synlab. Learn more about the test>.

Vitamin B12 is important for a wide range of bodily functions such as DNA synthesis and brain health. Learn more about Vitamin B12 >  

Who should get tested

How it works

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Why our CEO takes a Vitamin B12 test once a year

My diet is largely plant-based, so I used to have Vitamin B12 deficiency pretty often. So far, I always found out because I started to have symptoms. Now I just take a test once a year and take supplements if my Vitamin B12 levels are getting low again. That way I´ve been managing to avoid a deficiency super effectively.

Added bonus: now I can take the test from home without the hastle of organizing a doctor´s appointment and paying for a consultation I don´t need.

Anna Rosenkranz, CEO @ Health Yourself

What test results tell you

Current Vitamin B12 status & recommendations for action

  • Test results will tell you if your Vitamin B12 levels are
    - normal
    - too low or at risk of being too low
    - too high or at risk of being too high

In case your Vitamin B12 levels aren´t normal, results will also provide you with recommendations on what to do to get back on track!

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Treatment options for Vitamin B12 deficiency

Vitamin B12 supplements

The most common way to re-fill your vitamin B12 stores is to take supplements. There is a wide range of products from tablets or drops to chewing gum or even toothpaste available. We recommend to pick something, which you can easily integrate into your everyday life so it´s easy to stick with treatment.

Important: if you follow a plant-based diet, you should take vitamin B12 supplement on an ongoing basis.

To make sure, that treatment worked, you should re-test about 6 weeks after you started taking supplements. For vegans & vegetarians, we strongly recommend to test once a year to make sure you don´t have a deficiency.

Vitamin B12 injections

If you have a pronounced Vitamin B12 deficiency, the fastest and most effective way to get back to normal Vitamin B12 levels is to get one or more Vitamin B12 injections. To get those, you will have to see a doctor.

To make sure that it works, remember to re-test 4-6 weeks after you received your last injection.

About Vitamin B12

What does vitamin B12 do in my body?

Vitamin B12 has various jobs in our body.

For example, it is necessary for:

- DNA synthesis
- maintenance of myelin sheaths (very important for our nerves to function properly)
- synthesis of neurotransmitters
- blood cell production
- overall brain health

Where is vitamin B12 found?

    • Vitamin B12 is created by bacteria in the intestines of humans and animals.
    • Humans take in vitamin B12 by eating animal products like meat, fish and milk products.
    • Important to know: there is no 'natural' occurence of vitamin B12 plants.
    • Therefore, vegans and vegetarians are at a high risk of Vitamin B12 deficiency unless they take supplements.

What are symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency?

  • Common symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include

  • - tingling in the hands and feet
    - problems with balance
    - confusion
    - dementia
    - weakness
    - loss of appetite
    - anemia

What causes vitamin B12 deficiency?

Vitamin B12 is only found in animal products such as meat, fish and milk.


Therefore, if you are vegetarian or even vegan, you are very likely to not take in enough vitamin B12 through your diet.

Other causes can be issues with absorption of vitamin B12 in your intestines due to gastrointestinal diseases like Morbus Crohn, medication such as PPI, H2-receptor blockers or if you had gastric bypass surgery.

How can you treat vitamin B12 deficiency?

Vitamin B12 deficiency is treated by "re-filling" your vitamin B12 stores through supplements or vitamin B12 injections.
 
If you are willing to eat animal products, you can also adjust your diet to increase you vitamin B12 intake on a daily basis. A nutritionist can help you with that!

How can you prevent vitamin B12 deficiency?

If you are vegan or vegetarian and therefore unlikely to take in enough vitamin B12 through your normal diet, the most effective way to prevent vitamin B12 deficiency is to continuously take vitamin B12 supplements (tablets, drops or even chewing gum or tooth paste).
 
If you eat animal products, you can adjust your diet to take in enough vitamin B12 on a daily basis with the help of a nutritionist.
 
Additionally, you should test your vitamin B12 levels once a year to catch low vitamin B12 levels before they develop into a deficiency.

Recommended daily intake of vitamin B12?

The recommended daily intake of vitamin B12 is between 4 and 7 mcg.
 
But how do you manage that? Content of Vitamin B12 varies but is generally found in animal products such as meat, fish and milk products. According to US department of agriculture, for example:

- one egg has about 1.1 mcg
- 100 g of 1% fat milk have 0.5 mcg
- 100g meat have 0.6 mcg
- 100 g Atlantic salmon, cooked has about 2.8mcg / 100g
 
If you are super committed: liver is your best bet to get enough Vitamin B12 with about 18.7 mcg / 100g !

About the test

Who analyses my sample?

Your sample is analysed by Synlab, an accredited, large Swiss lab.

What do the results tell me?

  • The test will tell you, if your vitamin B12 levels are in a normal range or not. In case they are not, we also provide you with recommendations on how to proceed.

How does taking my sample work?

With the test kit, you receive all necessary sampling materials which you need to take a few drops of blood from your finger.

To do that, you prick your finger with a lancet and collect the blood drops in a small vial which we send you.

After collecting the blood, you put the sample in the Retourbox which we provide and drop it off in any Swiss post mailbox.

Want to know more? On this page, you can find the instruction video of how to take the sample: video.

How reliable is the test?

The quality of the test is comparable with a test you would take at the doctor´s office.

How often should I get tested?

We recommend to get tested once a year. This is especially important for vegans and vegetarians, since you are at a high risk of vitamin B12 deficiency if you follow a plant-based diet.

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