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Important Lab Tests for Vegans

As Veganuary approaches, it's crucial for vegans to focus on maintaining good health, and regular lab tests play a key role. Factors like age, health, and specific concerns influence the frequency of blood work, highlighting the need for personalized guidelines. This blog explores vital lab tests for vegans, emphasizing the importance of nutrient balance.


Lab Tests for Vegans

Lab Test

Normal Value

Why

200 - 900 pg/mL

Vegans may face deficiency, risking anemia and nerve damage. Regular blood tests can gauge B12 levels; if low, supplements or fortified foods may be advised by your healthcare provider.

Iron: 60 - 170 μg/dL

Ferritin: 20 - 300 ng/mL (values may vary)

Essential for oxygen transport and energy. Regular blood tests can identify anemia or iron deficiency, guiding dietary adjustments or supplements.

30 - 100 ng/mL

Crucial for bone health, vitamin D can be lacking in vegan diets. Sunlight is a natural source, but supplements or fortified foods may be necessary. Periodic blood tests verify your vitamin D status.

No established standard blood test values

Omega-3s (EPA and DHA), mainly in fish, are crucial for heart and brain health. Vegans can get them from plant sources and supplements. Blood tests ensure sufficient omega-3 levels.

Calcium

8.5 - 10.4 mg/dL (2.1 - 2.6 mmol/L)

Strong bones and teeth rely on calcium. Sources include fortified plant-based milk, tofu, and leafy greens. Blood tests assess calcium intake and spot potential deficiencies.

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Conclusion

Prioritizing optimal health is vital for vegans, and supplementing key nutrients like B12, algae-based omega-3s, and iron and vitamin D supplements is crucial. Explore our marketplace for a diverse selection of animal-free supplements tailored to meet your dietary needs and support your journey towards well-being.


Co-author: Kavon Diggs


 

Disclaimer: The product and/or information provided on VeganMed is of a general nature and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. We do not lab test the products to confirm that they are free from animal ingredients, and it is possible that the formulation and ingredients could have changed. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or product. The information provided in this post is accurate and up to date as of the date it was written. However, please note that circumstances and facts may change over time, and new information may become available that could alter the accuracy or relevance of the content. We encourage readers to verify and cross-reference any information provided here with trusted sources or consult relevant professionals for the most current and accurate updates.


 

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