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Test for 96 Food Intolerances (IgG4 Antibodies) + 44 Food Allergies (IgE Antibodies)
There are multiple tests for possible food allergies and intolerances and the number grows daily. If you don’t know where to start, the cerascreen® Food Intolerance + Allergy Test is a great choice to learn more about potential issues.
Follow the simple instructions to collect a blood sample at home and mail it in for analysis in our CLIA-certified lab. We’ll check your body’s reaction to over 100 foods by looking for IgE and IgG4 antibodies in your blood, indicating an allergic or intolerant reaction.
The test therefore will give you an initial indication of a possible intolerance or allergy. For a conclusive diagnosis of an allergy, you should speak with your doctor.
- Take your sample easily from the comfort of your home
- CLIA-certified lab analysis using the ELISA testing method
- Detect specific IgE and IgG4 antibodies
- Receive practical recommendations & tips
- Get your results in 1 to 2 business days once the sample has reached the lab
- If you’re not satisfied, reach out to us within 120 days for a full refund
- After receiving your results, book a free call with our nutrition consultant to review your results and any suggested dietary or lifestyle changes
Please note: Do not consume any foods to which you have a known allergy, as this could lead to risk of anaphylaxis. Taking antihistamines or cutting out certain foods (due to allergies or intolerances) prior to taking the test will impact your results. For example, if you are allergic to corn and have not eaten corn during the 2 weeks prior to your test, it may not show up as an allergy in your results.
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Symptoms of Food Allergies or Sensitivities
Fatigue or Low Energy
Rash or Hives
Stomach Pain & Cramps
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Collect a Blood Sample
Activate Your Test ID
In your private my cerascreen ® user account on our website or in the my cerascreen ® app. You will be asked to answer a few short questions to help us give you individualized recommendations.
Send the Sample
Using the included return packaging, send your dried blood sample by USPS mail to our partner lab free of charge.
You will receive a personalized results report, which will tell you if you have elevated levels of specific IgG4 antibodies. This would indicate that you are sensitive to certain foods. The report will also provide you with nutrition tips on how to eat a balanced diet even with allergies or sensitivities.
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Benefits of the Food Intolerances + Allergies Test
Food allergies and sensitivities are not only sometimes responsible for digestive issues. They often cause symptoms such as fatigue, skin irritation, and a burning sensation in the mouth. Without a test, it is usually difficult to identify on our own what the causes for these symptoms are.
For the cerascreen® Food Intolerance + Allergy Test you do not need to go to the doctor or wait for an appointment. You simply receive a straightforward illustrated booklet, which will guide you on how to collect the sample yourself in the comfort of your home. Afterward, you will get an overview of the concentrations of antibodies in your blood to certain foods.Take advantage of our expertise: cerascreen® is the market leader for at-home medical sample taking and send-in kits in Europe, with eight years of experience in the development and analysis of tests. We have developed more than 50 different approved sample taking and send-in kits (medical products), analyzed 250,000 samples, and serve 19 different European countries, and are now proud to serve the US market.
Which foods Will Be Tested?
The cerascreen Food Intolerance + Allergy Test detects the concentration of specific IgE antibodies to 44 different foods and the concentration of specific IgG4 antibodies to 96 different foods. The test therefore covers the foods that are responsible for the majority of food allergies.
|Food Category||Tested Food|
||IgG4 Test||IgE Test|
|Meat & poultry||Chicken, turkey, pork, lamb, beef, chicken egg white, chicken egg yolk, duck egg||Chicken, nGal d 2 Ovalbumin (Egg white), nGal d 1 Ovomucoid (Egg white), egg white, egg yolk, pork, beef
|Fish & seafood||Salmon, tuna, cod, halibut, trout, sole, clam, crab, lobster, scallop, shrimp||Salmon, cod, tuna, sardine (Pacific), blue mussel, shrimp|
|Dairy products||Cow’s milk, goat’s milk, Cheddar cheese, casein, whey||Cow's milk, Goat's milk, nBos d 4 Alpha-lactalbumin (Milk), nBos d 5 Beta-lactoglobulin (Milk), nBos d 8 Casein (Milk), Cheddar cheese, Goat's cheese, Chocolate
|Grains, Peas & Beans
||Wheat, rye, spelt, gluten, barley, buckwheat, chickpea, corn, gliadin, oat, white rice, green bean, green pea, kidney bean, lentil, lima bean, pinto bean, soybean||Wheat flour, rye flour, barley flour, oat flour, rice, soybean, corn, gluten|
|Nuts||Almond, chestnut, coconut, hazelnut, peanut, pecan, walnut,||Peanut, hazelnut, almond, walnut
|Vegetables||Asparagus, avocado, beet, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, garlic, green bell pepper, lettuce, onion, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potato, tomato, white potato||Carrot, tomato, potato|
|Misc., herbs & spices||Baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast, button mushroom, cane sugar, chocolate, coffee, flaxseed, ginger, honey, oregano, sesame seed, sunflower seed||Baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast|
|Fruit||Peach, strawberry, orange, apple, banana, grape, lemon, pineapple, apricot, blueberry, cranberry, grapefruit, olive, papaya, pear, plum, raspberry||Strawberry, orange, apple, lemon, pineapple, banana|
Are IgE tests reliable?
With a wide range of food intolerance tests, allergy tests, and sensitivity tests available on the market, it can be tricky to navigate information about which test is most helpful for you. These days, you can have skin prick tests, bioresonance hair tests, and blood tests – all to find out which foods your body finds problematic, if any.
IgE blood tests like ours are a common method used by doctors and registered private clinics to identify potential allergies, along with skin prick tests and patch tests. Although false positives may emerge from a blood test, these tests still provide useful information on your IgE blood count in reaction to a specific set of foods. Even if an allergy is not identified, sensitization to certain foods can also be revealed with this method.
An IgE blood test is furthermore often used if other forms of allergy tests are unavailable or unsuitable, due to eczema or risks of anaphylactic shock.
The Results Report
As soon as your sample has been analyzed, you will receive your results report on the my cerascreen® app or your user account on our website. You can view the report on your smartphone, tablet, computer, or even print it out.
Find out from the lab analysis what your blood concentration of specific IgE or IgG4 antibodies to certain foods is. With the help of our practical recommendations, find out how you can deal with allergies and sensitivities, and nevertheless practice a healthy, balanced diet. Our comprehensive health information will explain what happens in your body if you have an allergy or sensitivity.
Questions About Food Allergies and Sensitivities
Why test for food allergies and sensitivities?
Many people suffer from food allergies and sensitivities – often without even knowing it. in some cases, the daily symptoms are not easy to associate with specific foods, since some reactions can appear hours after consumption. A food intolerance and allergy test can provide valuable clues about which foods you may not tolerate well.
Our Food Intolerance and Allergy Test offers you an initial indication of any possible allergies as well as an overview – all by using the reliable ELISA testing method. Specific IgE antibodies as well as IgG4 antibodies will be measured for a wide variety of foods. The foods tested in our analysis account for the most common food allergies and sensitivities.
Please note: The Food Intolerance and Allergy Test does not screen for intolerances to lactose, fructose, sorbitol, or histamine. These intolerances have to be tested for in another test, as they result in different antibodies – not IgE and IgG4.
How does the test work?
For the Food Intolerance and Allergy Test, you use our lancets to collect a small blood sample from your fingertip. Only a few drops of blood are necessary.
You collect the sample on a dried blood spot card and send it in the included mailing envelope free of charge to our CLIA-certified partner lab, which will measure the amount of specific IgE and IgG4 antibodies in your blood by using the well-known ELISA testing method. After your sample has been analyzed, you will receive a results report in your user account on our website or in the my cerascreen® app.
Please note: You can get the best result when you follow a varied diet (for approximately two weeks) prior to collecting your sample. Please note: Do not consume any foods to which you have a known allergy, as this could lead to risk of anaphylaxis. Please do not take any antihistamines.
What does the results report tell me?
The results report for your Food Intolerance and Allergy Test will show you what level of IgE and IgG4 antibodies you have in your blood in response to each food tested.
A table shows how sensitive you are to each of the 44 different foods – if your body is producing too many IgE antibodies in response to a specific food. This sensitization will tell you how strong the allergic reaction from your immune system is to a food.
The other table will tell you how many IgG4 antibodies to 96 different foods were found in your blood. A mild or strong reaction, according to alternative medicine theories, can offer an initial indication of possible food intolerances.
What are the recommendations?
Neither the IgE or the IgG4 levels are a diagnosis. A definitive diagnosis can only be given by your doctor or allergist. It is also possible that elevated levels with some foods do not cause symptoms.
You can use the result as a first indication and then use this to discuss the next steps with your doctor. Your results report will also give you tips how you can use targeted elimination diets to further test which foods you can or cannot tolerate.
In addition you will also receive recommendations for how you can still have a balanced diet despite food allergies or sensitivities.
What are IgE and IgG4?
Immunoglobulin E (IgE) and Immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) are two types of antibodies. They are part of the defense mechanisms of our immune system. IgE as well as IgG4 are part of a group of antibodies that are specialized to defend our bodies from foreign bodies.
When you have an allergy, there are too many IgE antibodies in your body. They activate a reaction to a harmless protein like pollen, pet hair, or food. This causes a release of histamines, which lead to inflammation and other typical allergy symptoms.
An IgG4-caused food intolerance is a theory from alternative medicine, which is not currently supported from the scientific literature. According to the theory, elevated levels of IgG4 antibodies can lead to immune and inflammatory reactions. However, the symptoms are usually delayed by a few hours or even days after you have eaten the food in question.
What types of allergies are tested?
For most food allergies the symptoms usually appear immediately or shortly after eating. Nuts, soy, or animal proteins like milk, egg, or shellfish can also cause a dangerous allergic reaction allergic shock (anaphylaxis), in which a sudden drop in blood pressure can lead to loss of consciousness and in rare cases can lead to death.
Typical symptoms of a food allergy:
– Digestive issues such as diarrhea or stomach pain
– Itching of the mouth or a fuzzy feeling on the tongue
– Difficulty breathing or allergy-induced asthma
Which foods cause allergies?
More than 170 different foods can cause an allergy or intolerance. There are also certain foods which are by far the most common causes of intolerance. These include:
– Cow’s milk and egg
– Legumes (most commonly peanut or soy)
– Fish and shellfish
Less likely to cause an allergy are different types of fruit, vegetables, or spices.
Most food allergies appear in childhood. An individual usually grows out of an allergy to cow’s milk, egg, wheat, or soy while a nut, fish, or shellfish allergy is typically a lifelong problem.
What are IgG4-induced intolerances?
According to a theory from alternative medicine, high concentrations of specific IgG4 antibodies is a sign that the body is intolerant to that particular food. The theory further claims that consuming the food in question can lead to inflammation in the gut.
The association between the IgG4 antibody concentration and food intolerance is debated in the scientific community.
What are the symptoms of IgG4-induced intolerances?
IgG4-induced intolerance symptoms are said to appear hours or days after having consumed the food in question.
Possible Symptoms of a Food Intolerance:
– Digestive issues, especially bloating
– Headaches and migraines
– Whistling noises when you breath, runny nose
What should I do if I have a food allergy or intolerance?
There is no treatment for allergies. According to the theories, an IgG4-induced intolerance can disappear if the food has been avoided for a while.
Currently the only effective method of dealing with a food allergy or intolerance is to identify which food your body reacts to and then avoid consuming that food.
Some medications (antihistamines) can temporarily reduce the symptoms of an allergic reaction when you have eaten an allergen. People who have strong allergic reactions usually carry an EpiPen with them, so that in case of anaphylactic shock they can inject themselves with adrenaline.
Who should not take the test?
The Food Intolerance and Allergy Test is not intended for certain people or only in special circumstances:
- People with infectious diseases like hepatitis and HIV may not take the Food Intolerance and Allergy Test.
- People with hemophilia should not take the test.
- Pregnant and nursing women should only take the Food Intolerance and Allergy Test in the presence of a doctor. The reference values and recommendations provided in the test are not for pregnant and nursing women, therefore you should ask your doctor about your test result.
- The Food Intolerance and Allergy Test is not intended for children under the age of 18.
This test is not intended to diagnose a disease. If you suffer from a chronic condition such as diarrhea or severe pain, please contact your doctor.