Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
No fasting required.
Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
This blood test is also known as Ca++, Ionized, Serum; Calcium Filterable, Serum; Calcium Free, Serum; Calcium Unbound, Serum; Ionized Calcium, Serum.
This test measures calcium that is biologically active. Calcium is essential for the healthy development and maintenance of teeth and bones. It is also a critical electrolyte, essential for the healthy function of muscles, nerves and blood clotting.
This blood test measures Vitamin B12 levels. All of the water-soluble B vitamins work as a team to help promote healthy nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, muscle tone and cardiovascular function. Vitamin B12 is necessary for red blood cell production and neural function. Deficiencies in Vitamin B12 may be due to an inherited factor, limited dietary intake or problems with absorption (due to lack of intrinsic factor or gastric secretions in the stomach). A Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause anemia, neurologic disorders and an elevation in the inflammatory marker homocysteine, which has been implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. If B12 is deficient, the body can have a difficult time using the B vitamin, folate.
Coenzyme Q10 is also known as Ubiquinone. This blood test is used to measure blood levels of CoQ10. CoQ10 is critical for the basic functioning in all cells and specifically to cardiac tissue due to the high-energy demands of cardiac cells.
This blood test is used to monitor exposure to benzene. Benzene is an organic compound that is found in nature and is also manmade. Natural sources of benzene are volcanoes and forest fires. Benzene is also a natural component of crude oil and cigarette smoke and is one of the most basic petrochemicals used in the production of gasoline. Benzene has been described as having a sweet odor. It evaporates very quickly when exposed to air and dissolves quickly in water.