Results Of My Vegan Blood Test

by | July 10, 2018

That’s right, I had a vegan blood test done and here are my results.

For a while, I had been considering getting an updated blood panel done, as I hadn’t had one since I was pregnant with my daughter over two years ago. I have felt fantastic and so I wasn’t overly concerned, but sometimes it is just nice to have that peace of mind, you know? Plus, there’s something super connecting about learning the specifics on individual nutrients in your body and that’s why I decided to get a vegan blood test done.

So I was super excited when I came across HealthLabs, who teamed up with Raise Vegan to offer a deal on an 11 test panel which tests for common nutrient deficiencies that vegans may encounter. As I said previously, I have felt good, but there’s always a little ‘what if’ in the back of your mind. Not to mention I had already committed to creating an article for Raise Vegan with my blood test results… so I wanted them to be good!

I think it’s important to say that as vegans, I feel that sometimes we are held to a higher standard of wellbeing than omnivores. For example, we might feel that we need to be glowing, positive and energetic at all times, in order to give a good light to veganism. Maybe meat eaters scold us (to our face or behind our back) when we get sick, saying things like “I thought you were too healthy to get sick” or “see, you do need animal products to be healthy.” This can cause an extra burden on us, and while it isn’t normal to be getting sick over and over again, it is important to remember that we are only human and this planet is riddled with viruses and bacteria. So I decided to share the results of my vegan blood test with everyone.

*Note: ranges were according to HealthLabs

Iron

“Iron is an essential element for blood production. About 70 percent of your body’s iron is found in the red blood cells of your blood called hemoglobin and in muscle cells called myoglobin. Hemoglobin is essential for transferring oxygen in your blood from the lungs to the tissues. Myoglobin, in muscle cells, accepts, stores, transports, and releases oxygen.” States UCSF Health Department

My Iron: 104 (normal range anywhere between 40 – 190) Normal

READ MORE: 10 BEST IRON RICH FOODS FOR KIDS

Calcium

“Calcium performs a number of basic functions in your body. Your body uses 99 percent of its calcium to keep your bones and teeth strong, thereby supporting skeletal structure and function. The rest of the calcium in your body plays key roles in cell signaling, blood clotting, muscle contraction and nerve function.” States Arielle Kamps (licensed and registered dietitian with masters of science)

My Calcium: 9.9 (normal range anywhere between 8.6 – 10.2) Normal

RELATED: VEGAN CALCIUM SOURCES

Vitamin B12

“Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent a type of anemia called megaloblastic anemia that makes people tired and weak.” States the U.S Department Of Health And Human Services

My Vitamin B12: 749 (normal range anywhere between 650 – 1340) Normal

READ MORE: WHY IS VITAMIN B12 SO IMPORTANT?

White Blood Cell Count

“White blood cells flow through your bloodstream to battle viruses, bacteria, and other foreign invaders that threaten your health. When your body is in distress and a particular area is under attack, white blood cells rush in to help destroy the harmful substance and prevent illness.” States the University of Rochester Medical Center

My White Blood Cell Count: 6.1 (normal range anywhere between 3.8 – 10.8) Normal

Red Blood Cell Count

“Red blood cells play an important role in your health by carrying fresh oxygen throughout the body. Red blood cells also remove carbon dioxide from your body, transporting it to the lungs for you to exhale.” States the University of Rochester Medical Center

My Red Blood Cell Count: 4.4 (normal range anywhere between 3.8 – 5.1) Normal

Folate

“Folate is a water-soluble B-vitamin, which is also known as vitamin B9 or folacin. Folate is essential for brain development and function. Low folate status and/or high homocysteine concentrations are associated with cognitive dysfunction in aging (from mild impairments to dementia).” States Oregon State University Micronutrient Information Center

My Folate: 689 (normal range is anything greater than 280) Normal

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Homocysteine

“Homocysteine is an amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Having elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood (hyperhomocysteinemia) is associated with atherosclerosis and blood clots.” States Dr. Benjamin Wedro

My Homocysteine: 10.1 (normal range is anything less than 10.4) Normal

Hemoglobin

“Hemoglobin is essential for transferring oxygen in your blood from the lungs to the tissues. Myoglobin, in muscle cells, accepts, stores, transports, and releases oxygen.” States UCSF Health Department

My Hemoglobin: 13.2 (normal range anywhere between 11.7 – 15.5) Normal

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Hematocrit

“The hematocrit blood test determines the percentage of red blood cells in the blood. The condition called “anemia” results from having too few red blood cells. Causes of low hematocrit, or anemia, include cancer, malnutrition, internal bleeding and IV overhydration.” States Dr. Charles Patrick Davis

My Hematocrit: 39.9 (normal range anywhere between 35 – 45) Normal

Ferritin

The total iron in our body is stored within cells in the form of an iron-containing protein called ferritin. Decreased level of ferritin in the blood is the first indication of impending iron deficiency. Ferritin levels may be increased in conditions causing inflammation – infections, some cancers, liver disease, alcoholism, etc.” States Dr. Shirish Kumar

My Ferritin: 16 (normal range anywhere between 10 – 154) Normal

Vitamin D

“Vitamin D is just one of the many nutrients essential to keeping your muscles, lungs, and heart healthy. It’s an important factor in maintaining strong bones, helping your body fight infections, and other key functions.” States the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

My Vitamin D: 35 (normal range anywhere between 30-100) Normal

READ MORE: VEGAN SOURCES OF VITAMIN D

Zinc

“Zinc is found in cells throughout the body. It is needed for the body’s defensive (immune) system to properly work. It plays a role in cell division, cell growth, wound healing, and the breakdown of carbohydrates.” States the Penn State Hershey Medical Center

My Zinc: 54 (normal range anywhere between 60 – 130) Low

Clearly, everything, except for zinc, is within the normal ranges. This is another reason I was happy to do this blood panel, I would rather know what I need to work on/supplement with, rather than ignore it and assume I am perfect. Ignorance is not always bliss! I should mention that the only supplement I have been taking is a 2,500 mcg of vitamin b12 once per week, but now I know to add a zinc supplement as well as focusing on zinc-rich foods, which I will do so daily until my levels come up a little bit.

Have you done a vegan blood test? What were your results like? Let us know in the comments!

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Emily Kru

I grew up on the West Coast of Canada and currently live in Northern California with my amazing husband and our beautiful vegan daughter. I love researching all of the amazing benefits that go hand in hand with being plant-based, so I was thrilled to find Raise Vegan and become an active writer for this inspiring team. When I’m not writing for Raise Vegan, you can find me on Instagram!

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