Keep Track Of Your Iron With A Tailored Report.
Many factors, such as environmental, can alter your iron levels. Our kit and report is designed to help you understand your results and how best you can ensure a stable level of iron in your body.
Once you've received your results, you can choose to discuss your requirements with medical specialists, dieticians and nutritionists to help you navigate your way around your report.
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Did you know?
Iron is the most abundant transition metal in the human body, followed by Zinc and Copper.
Decode your sample in 3 steps.
Order your testing kit online and we'll process it the same day on a 24 hours delivery.
Collect your sample following the instructions provided with your kit. Send the sample to the lab using the return prepaid envelope.
When your results are ready to view online, you will be notified by email and a member of our support team will contact you as well.
Not enough iron can lead you to deal with iron deficiency and anemia, whereas too much iron can be the cause of liver and heart problems. Our test allows you to keep on top of your iron levels and optimise your chances of having a healthy body.
Iron is an essential mineral that the body needs for growth and development. Iron does not freely circulate in the blood but is mainly bound to a protein made by the liver called transferrin. Our body uses iron to make haemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body, and myoglobin, a protein that provides oxygen to muscles. Iron is also needed to make some hormones.
Ferritin is not the same thing as iron in your body. Instead, ferritin is a protein that stores iron, releasing it when your body needs it. Ferritin is usually found in your body’s cells, with very little circulating in your blood. The greatest concentration of ferritin is found in the liver cells and the immune system. Ferritin is stored in the body’s cells until it is needed by the body to make more red blood cells.
Transferrin is a protein produced by the liver. It is considered as the major vehicle for iron delivery to cells and is present in the circulating plasma and extravascular fluid. Transferrin transports iron through the blood to various tissues such as liver, spleen, and bone marrow. It also regulates the absorption of iron into the blood.
Total Iron-binding capacity (TIBC)
A total iron-binding capacity (TIBC) is a type of blood test that checks whether there is too much or too little iron in your metabolism.
Unsaturated iron binding capacity (UIBC)
Unsaturated iron-binding capacity (UIBC) is a blood test frequently used along with a serum iron test and a total iron-binding capacity test (TIBC) to evaluate individuals who are suspected of having either iron deficiency or iron overload.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can cause iron levels to change?Iron deficiency has many causes. These causes mainly fall into two categories:
Increased iron needs — this may be related to different conditions such as pregnancy (pregnant women have higher iron needs), and people with frequent blood losses because together with blood, iron is also lost. Increased blood loss can occur with heavy menstrual periods, frequent blood donations, as well as with some stomach and intestinal conditions (food sensitivity, hookworms etc.)
Decreased iron intake or absorption — the amount of iron absorbed from the diet depends on the food source (iron from animal sources is absorbed two to three times more than iron from plants); some substances, eg. calcium, decrease iron absorption from a meal. However, for healthy individuals who consume a varied diet, the amount of iron inhibition from these substances is usually not a concern.