Mg+Elements (Magnesium, Selenium, Zinc, Copper; Cadmium, Lead, Mercury) & Vitamin D

$223.99

Check your levels of essential elements and for levels of toxicity.

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Elements that make up all chemical compounds fall in two general categories in regard to human health – those that are essential (nutritional elements), and those that are toxic (toxic elements).  These elements, both essential and toxic, are found in food, water, supplements, soil, and even in the air (air pollution is a source of toxic elements).

The following are included in this blood spot test:

Essential/Nutritional Elements:

Toxic Elements/Heavy Metals:

It is important for essential elements to be within their normal or optimal range in order to fulfill their roles in maintaining health.  When an essential element is out of range, it can lead to disease or sub-optimal functioning.  Some essential elements, such as selenium, copper and zinc, can become toxic when they are too high.

Toxic elements have no known nutritional benefit and are known to interfere with proper functioning of proteins, lipids, and DNA within the cells.  They can also interfere with essential elements by blocking their availability within the body.  The three toxic elements tested with this panel, cadmium, lead and mercury, are in the top four of what the CDC considers the most toxic heavy metals, according to their priority list of hazardous substances.   These three toxic elements are retained in the body making their effects more pronounced with age as they accumulate.

Enrollment with the purchase of a Vitamin D*action blood spot test kit includes:

  • 2-3 lancets
  • Blood spot card(s) for the tests ordered
  • 1 envelope for returning your blood spot card
  • 1 gauze pad, 1 band aid, and 1 alcohol swab
  • Vitamin D*action literature

When you order your kit, you will also be participating as a citizen scientist in the world’s largest vitamin D project to solve the deficiency, D*action. You may choose to enroll for a 1-time test with your health information, or you may even participate in the 5-year project, where you provide your health information along with a vitamin D test every 6 months for the 5-year period. Your participation over the next five years will help build a body of science that will allow for tracking health care outcomes associated with vitamin D levels, and other important nutrients.

Questionnaire & Citizen Science

Becoming a participant of GrassrootsHealth means that you are joining thousands of people in collaborating with us on nutrient research. Citizen science welcomes everyone’s participation in the discovery and sharing of scientific knowledge. As a citizen scientist, you can help everyone gain a better understanding of the role of nutrients in health and disease, and use the results to help inform public health officials to create change. Additionally, you can use your results to make informed decisions about nutrients that affect your health.Here’s to the power of citizen science!

GrassrootsHealth could provide testing without asking you to fill out a questionnaire, but without that data we would have no way of measuring an effect. It would be a public service, especially back in 2009 when we started and it was hard to get a doctor to order a vitamin D test. But we founded GrassrootsHealth for more than testing. We founded GrassrootsHealth based on science, by first gathering together over 40 vitamin D researchers to form a panel of experts, then having those researchers come to a consensus on what the optimal vitamin D blood levels should be for general good health. The consensus they reached was for vitamin D levels to be in the range of 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L). By asking about health, nutrient supplementation, and other exposures we can connect each participant’s blood levels with their lifestyle and health status and help guide scientific answers to personal questions. In short, your data matters!

Learn more about the importance of the questionnaire.

Your individual health data will be kept confidential except for where required by law. The accumulated data will be stored in a secured, encrypted database operating behind a firewall, and password protected. The only person that will have access to the identified data will be our primary data biostatistician. This will be for purposes of accessing hospital records as indicated and released by participants, or for clarification of entries in the health questionnaire. The de-identified health information is shared so the research can be conducted, properly monitored and published. The Principal Investigator and other researchers will access the data in a de-identified form. For all analyses only an arbitrary number will identify the participant.
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is a prohormone produced endogenously from the action of ultraviolet light on its precursor, 7-dehydrocholesterol, in the skin, and is also commonly found in over-the-counter vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) does not occur naturally, but is manufactured commercially by exposing ergosterol to ultraviolet light, and is the predominant form obtained by prescription in the US. Both are hydroxylated in the liver to form their 25-hydroxy metabolites (25(OH)D2 and 25(OH)D3), the major circulating form of vitamin D in the blood and the commonly accepted measure of vitamin D status. The blood spot assay is performed using liquid chromatography/ tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), the same method used by the CDC Nutrition Laboratory to obtain accurate 25(OH) D values. Method accuracy is ensured by standardization with the NIST vitamin D standard reference materials. Circulating 25(OH)D3 levels reflect endogenous production as well as vitamin supplementation, whereas 25(OH)D2 levels reflect the results of Vitamin D2 supplementation. Vitamin D2 is believed to be less bioactive than vitamin D3. Vitamin D deficiency is linked with many chronic diseases, including autoimmune diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Optimal levels of 25(OH)D3 are 32—100 ng/mL.