Blood Test Kits
What are the advantages of an at-home blood test kit?
Medical laboratories can extract all kinds of information from a blood sample – for example, your zinc, selenium, and magnesium levels; your iron and omega fatty acid levels; cholesterol levels, and long-term blood sugar levels.
Our blood also contains the most significant biomarkers for certain vitamins. The blood value 25-OH-vitamin D (vitamin D3), for example, indicates your vitamin D levels. You can have your levels determined with the cerascreen® Vitamin D Test.
Some of our home blood test kits come with a dry blood spot card instead of a blood sample tube; these tests are especially easy to perform. This type of home blood test kit requires far less blood, and the sample can be transported more easily.
Can a home blood test detect allergies?
The at-home blood testing kit can be used to detect all kinds of food allergies or intolerances. If you have an allergy, there will be an elevated number of IgE antibodies in your blood. Your immune system produces these antibodies to fight off harmless substances – that is, substances you are allergic to.
Doctors also talk about sensitivity to certain substances – and that is exactly what they can detect in the blood by measuring the concentration of certain IgE antibodies. An allergy only exists if sensitivity is present and allergy symptoms occur. While the cerascreen® home allergy tests provide an important first indication of potential allergies and intolerances, only doctors can make a concrete diagnosis.
These days, we generally have more and more concerns about which foods we are sensitive to – that is, foods we may find trigger discomfort, bloating, flatulence or headaches. If you suspect a food intolerance, take one of our cerascreen® Food Intolerance and Food Allergy Tests to give you an initial indication of how you react to certain foods. These tests work by measuring IgE and IgG4 values in a blood sample that you have mailed in. Without these insights, it is not recommended that you cut out vital sources of nutrients from your diet!
Aside from food allergies, our blood testing kits can additionally provide evidence of possible allergies to animal hair, house dust, and latex – as well as intolerances to histamine and gluten. Our specialist laboratories, however, use different testings methods to carry out some of these allergy screenings.
How do at-home blood test kits work?
For both sample collection methods, you take a small blood sample from your fingertip using one of the two lancets provided in the test kit. For the liquid blood test, you collect a few drops of blood in a collection tube, and for the dry blood spot test, you simply collect some drops of blood on a dry blood spot card.
In both cases, the sample needs to be sent to the medical partner lab by using the free return envelope enclosed in the at-home blood testing kit. After your sample has been analyzed, you will receive a detailed results report with your personal results as well as individual recommendations for action and additional health information.