Blood tests

Diet, lifestyle, and genetics all affect how we absorb and use essential minerals and vitamins. When levels of these vitamins and minerals are low they cause tiredness and brain fog, and can affect our ability to deal with stress. To correct this safely and accurately a quick blood test allows us to calculate your precise requirement or to reassure you that you don’t need any help at all.

Example: B12 is a common supplement taken to improve energy. A Harvard study showed that 3.2% adults over 50 are severely deficient with a further 20% borderline deficient. It will have a large impact on that 20%, but for 80% it will do nothing. Without testing it’s impossible to know which group you are in. Wouldn’t you rather know?

What do we test?

  • Top 4 common deficiencies:
  • Omega 3: 96% of people are deficient, impacting skin, inflammation, brain, joints, nerves, energy.
  • Vitamin D: 89% are sub-optimal with 21% severely deficient. This impacts energy, the immune system, skin, joints, bones and the heart.
  • Folate: 22% of women are deficient, impacting energy, heart health, and nerves. Folate is essential during pregnancy.
  • Vitamin B12: 10% are deficient, impacting energy, detoxification, heart health, and nerves.
  • Cholesterol: 39.6% people have raised cholesterol.
  • Magnesium: 15% are low in magnesium, impacting energy, sleep, muscles, and hormones.
  • Ferritin (a measurement of iron levels): 12% of young women are deficient, but this is rare in men.
  • Copper: deficiency is rare (<1%), but leads to anaemia and nerve damage.
  • We also look at CRP, which is a measurement of inflammation.

How do we test?

  • We will send you a kit containing all you need to collect a blood sample at home. The blood taking device collects serum and a single blood spot on a card measures omega 3.
  • All you need to do is take a blood sample, send it off in the prepaid envelope, and then wait for us to tell you your results are ready. You will see your results on your dashboard.
  • Your results along with the responses from your online consultation are run through our programme and then reviewed by a Doctor.
  • Our blood collection device is much easier to use than finger pricks.

Why is this test important?

  • Carrying out a blood nutrient test is the first important step in understanding your personal nutrient requirements.
  • If you don’t test, you have to guess!
  • If you are low in B12 you will feel significant effects of tiredness. 1 in 10 people (over 5 million in the UK) are low in B12.
  • Vitamin D: 89% of people we tested did not have optimal levels of vitamin D even those currently taking vitamin D. In fact 4% of people we tested had dangerously high levels of vitamin D.
  • Nearly all the people we tested we low in omega 3. Testing tells us how low and allows us to tailor the dose of supplementation required to get to optimal levels.

Can I view my results?

  • Yes. Your results will be posted on your personal humanpeople dashboard. Here you will be able to see the data on your nutrient levels compared to optimal levels, as well as receive nutritional and lifestyle tips on how to get into the optimal zone.
  • We recommend you take further blood tests every 4-6 months. On your dashboard you will be able to track your progress and improvement over time.
  • All data is secure.
  • All results are reviewed by a Doctor.
  • humanpeople is registered with the UK government body, the Care Quality Commission, for diagnostic and health screening.