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Vitamin and mineral test results help?

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I've just received my results from hair analysis test, I got this test due to symptoms I am having like anxiety, thyroid marker was high one week (underactive thyroid) then it went to just above normal, hair loss, very dry itchy skin, tiredness, signs of depression/mood swings (only sometimes but think its more likely down to feeling groggy) along with very heavy painful periods.

I had bloods taken which suggested my calcium was a little low but then these results show high calcium levels.

My diet is healthy apart from a sugar craving I have from the minute I get up on a morning.

Where I have had the hair sample from have stated that I should only buy the vitamins and minerals from their website as their vitamins and minerals are 95% absorbed by the body. These are the vitamins and minerals they have recommended. But will cost over £100

Para pack

Adrenal complex

Pyridox plus

Potassium plus

Manganese plus

Zinc plus

Vitamin c plus

Hcl v plus

How do I find vitamins and minerals that are bio available? And are not so expensive.

I have attached a pic of results

Thank you


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I think those tests are largely intended to get you to buy expensive and unnecessary supplements and don't have much scientific validity.

Are you seeing a doctor for your conditions? They are generally best placed to know what tests to order and how to interpret the results.

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jjb1983 in reply to benwl

Yeah I have seen my doctor and they have done bloods and bar 2 everything seems normal the 2 are esophils raised not much, and thyroid raised not much. But have a lot of symptoms of underactive thyroid.

All the other symptoms I have listed they put down to anxiety.

I got the hair test done due to my thyroid marker of 8.96 which suggested I had an underactive thyroid but doctor was unwilling to give medication and retest twice which it can down both times and is now at 2.69 and my range is 2.5

It's so frustrating trying to find cheap vitamins and minerals but also not knowing if there the correct ones

Thank you


Hi jjb1983 ,

Also, there is a community in Health Unlocked called 'Thyroid UK' which might also be a helpful place to post your query:

Zest :-)

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jjb1983 in reply to Zest

O have posted in there too.

Thank you


I used Rainbow Light Men's one (there is a women's version too) and it's a food based multi-vitamin which is what you want. In order to absorb Vitamins A, D, E, K you will need to incorporate some form of healthy fats in your diet, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado's/avocado oil, nuts, chia, flax, hemp etc. Since Vitamins A, D, E, K are fat soluble they need fat to be absorbed appropriately. This is what I do, as well as eat loads of organic veggies, like spinach (good source of Vit A), carrots, summer squash, cabbage, mushrooms (good source of Vit D), kale, tomatoes, etc. And some fruits, mostly berries (high in Vitamin C). So a healthy diet coupled with a good food based multi-vitamins and incorporating those healthy fats into your diet will do everything that those vitamin packs they are trying to sell you will. Also sea food like Sardines, Shrimp, lobster, wild-caught fish, tuna, salmon all are great sources of Omega 3 fatty acids which is also good to take, since your cell membranes are made up of whatever fats you eat, unhealthy fats, like soy, corn, soybean, canola, hydrogenated anything, rapeseed, trans fats, are terrible for you and will increase inflammation in your body. If you want fluid cell membranes with undamaged receptor sites for neurotransmitters you want good healthy fats, like Fish Oil (Omega 3 DHA, and EPA), cod liver oil etc. Also, lack of energy, skin issues can be also linked to lower Vitamin D3 levels, and magnesium deficiency. Sorry, that was a lot of information - I wish I would have gone into my true calling which is functional medicine. :)

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