Vitamin D Nutrient Testing Kit

Vitamin D Nutrient Testing Kit

Up to 90%+ of pregnant women are deficient in Vitamin D, and the need for Vitamin D before, during, and after pregnancy is elevated. Our at-home test powered by OmegaQuant can alert you to a Vitamin D deficiency. Optimal Vitamin D levels support optimal fertility, immune function in mama and baby, healthy bone development in baby, avoiding bone-related pain in mama, an overall healthy and full-term pregnancy, adequate breastmilk Vitamin D levels, and postpartum recovery.

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For most mamas in pregnancy, 4,000IU of D3 is the most effective supplement dosage and highly safe in meeting Vitamin D needs. Our Prenatal Multi is dosed at this level (most other prenatals are dosed insufficiently). Some mamas, due to genetics, diet, geography, life stage (while nursing we recommend at least 6,000IU) or other factors, may need or benefit from a higher dosage. Testing and retesting your levels empowers you to better understand your unique Vitamin D needs, as a first step in optimizing you and your baby’s wellbeing.

Our simple and safe blood collection method does not require a full blood draw or a trip to the doctor. Three drops of blood from a finger prick is all that's needed to assess your Vitamin D status.

Step 1

Register your kit at omegaquant.com/start

Step 2

Collect 3 blood samples.

Step 3

Mail in results to our lab partner, OmegaQuant

Step 4

We send you the results within 2-3 weeks of you returning the testing kit

Actionable

Vitamin D levels start changing as soon as you change your diet, supplementation, and sun exposure routine.

Personalized

Personalized dietary recommendations based off your test results.

Certified

All samples are processed in a central CLIA-certified laboratory.

Validated

Accuracy of the test assessed quarterly with DEQAS (Vitamin D External Quality Assessment Scheme), www.deqas.org, an international organization established in 1989 to ensure analytical reliability of Vitamin D tests.

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Reference ranges show you how you compare to your peers.

We've partnered with OmegaQuant, the leading experts on at-home Vitamin D nutrient testing.

OmegaQuant is an independent, CLIA-certified lab that offers Vitamin D testing to researchers, clinicians and the public and sets the standard for at home Vitamin D testing.

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What's included with the test?
The test kit includes a blood collection card, lancet, alcohol pad, gauze pad, bandage, and a prepaid return envelope. See here.
What will my results tell me?
The results will provide you with the total Vitamin D amount in your blood, which is equivalent to 25-hydroxyvitamin D in plasma.
What is the target range for Vitamin D results?
Vitamin D blood level in the 30-50 ng/ml, which is equivalent to 75 - 125 nmol/L, is one indicator of better overall health. Many of our practitioner partners like seeing levels even above 50ng/ml / 125 nmol/L, including up to 80ng/ml / 200 nmol/L. A double blind, randomized clinical trial found that Vitamin D supplementation of 4,000IU/day for pregnant women was safe and most effective in achieving sufficiency in all women and their babies regardless of race or geography. Vitamin D levels of 80 nmol/L ( 30 ng/ml) or greater within 1 month of delivery was considered sufficient in the study. Another double blind, randomized clinical trial found that Vitamin D supplementation of 6,400IU/day for nursing women was safe and most effective in achieving adequate Vitamin D levels in women to satisfy their nursing infants. However, Vitamin D levels of <50 nmol/L (20 ng/ml) was defined as deficient in this study, so many nursing moms may need to supplement with more Vitamin D to achieve optimal levels.
Why should I take this test rather than a blood-draw test ordered by my doctor?
We use three drops of blood to measure your Vitamin D level. This eliminates the need to have your blood drawn at a clinic. You can collect your sample and send it through the mail from the comfort of your own home! And, it is highly accurate. Our testing partner, OmegaQuant, has led research on at-home blood testing for 30 years, and validates accuracy of the test quarterly with DEQAS (Vitamin D External Quality Assessment Scheme), www.deqas.org, an international organization established in 1989 to ensure analytical reliability of Vitamin D tests.
Does the finger prick hurt?
The prick creates a slight pinch.
Are there any risks to testing my Vitamin D levels?
There is minimal physical risk to you from the finger prick. The prick may cause a small amount of pain and bruising, and the site may bleed slightly for a time after the blood is collected. There is also a very rare chance that the stick site could become infected. If this happens, you might require medical treatment. There is a very small risk associated with the collection of confidential health information. However, we are making every effort to protect your identity.
How long will it take to receive my results?
Your results will be ready within 2 to 3 weeks of our lab receiving your results by mail.
How often should I re-rest my Vitamin Dlevels?
We suggest retesting every 3-4 months, especially as needs change throughout pregnancy and postpartum. Outside of pregnancy and nursing, when your Vitamin D levels reach a desirable range, we recommend re-testing every 6 months.
If I am deficient, how long will it take to improve my Vitamin D levels?
It can often take 3-4 months of regular supplementation to up Vitamin D levels. We suggest retesting after 3-4 months to check if you need to increase your dosage. For pregnancy, we suggest supplementing with a minimum of 4,000IU of Vitamin D (The amount in our Prenatal Multi). A double blind, randomized clinical trial found that Vitamin D supplementation of 4,000IU/day for pregnant women was safe and most effective in achieving sufficiency in all women and their babies regardless of race or geography. For postpartum, we suggest supplementing with a minimum of 6,000IU of Vitamin D (a separate Vitamin D supplement is recommended - we will have one soon!) Another double blind, randomized clinical trial found that Vitamin D supplementation of 6,400IU/day for nursing women was safe and most effective in achieving adequate Vitamin D levels in women to satisfy their nursing infants. Some mamas, due to genetics, diet, geography, life stage, current Vitamin D levels, or other factors, may need or benefit from a higher dosage. Testing can help determine how much extra is needed.
Is it possible that my Vitamin D levels will be too high?
It is possible, but rare. Vitamin D blood levels >100 ng/mL (250 nmol/L) are above the recommended range and may lead to toxicity symptoms For pregnancy, we suggest supplementing with a minimum of 4,000IU of Vitamin D (The amount in our Prenatal Multi). A double blind, randomized clinical trial found that Vitamin D supplementation of 4,000IU/day for pregnant women was safe and most effective in achieving sufficiency in all women and their babies regardless of race or geography. For postpartum, we suggest supplementing with a minimum of 6,000IU of Vitamin D (a separate Vitamin D supplement is recommended - we will have one soon!) Another double blind, randomized clinical trial found that Vitamin D supplementation of 6,400IU/day for nursing women was safe and most effective in achieving adequate Vitamin D levels in women to satisfy their nursing infants. Some mamas, due to genetics, diet, geography, life stage or other factors, may need or benefit from a higher dosage. Testing can help determine how much extra is needed.
To improve Vitamin D levels you recommend supplementing. What about if I eat dairy and spend a lot of time in the sun?
It can be difficult to reach optimal Vitamin D levels through food and sun exposure. For example, a glass of milk has 100IUs, so you'd need 40 glasses a day (not recommended!) to reach the optimal baseline per day for pregnancy, 4,000IU (and 60 while nursing!). And, with the sun, you'd need to have pale skin, be outside with bare skin and no sunscreen at midday for hours every day to synthesize enough. This is not realistic for most modern mamas.
What is your privacy policy, and how will my results be used by Needed and OmegaQuant?
The results of your test will be kept strictly confidential. Your results from the test are personal and private. Records will be kept confidential to the extent provided by federal, state, and local law. Only relevant Needed and OmegaQuant team members will have the right to look at your individual test results and records. Your results will be grouped with the results from other individuals’ tests into a study. Needed and OmegaQuant may share results of this study in marketing, meetings, journals or other forums, but your individual identity will remain secret.
How do I track my package, and what happens if it goes missing?
We've partnered with Route, the leader in package protection and tracking solutions, to guarantee your products make it safely into your hands. We've covered the cost of Route+ on your order so it will be protected from damage, loss*, or theft. In the unfortunate case that your order never comes or is broken upon arrival, you can easily file a claim with Route and receive a replacement or be fully reimbursed. We are excited to offer this service to you at no additional cost! Claims for packages marked "delivered" must be filed after 5 days and before 15 days from the date the package was marked "delivered." Claims for packages presumed to be lost (where the status is not "delivered") must be filed after 7 (20 for international) days and within 30 days from the last checkpoint. You will receive an email from Route after your purchase with instructions on how to download Route’s mobile app for iOS from the App Store to visually track your package and receive real-time notifications on its estimated delivery.