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Vitamin E Serum Test

The Vitamin E Serum test measures the level of vitamin E in the blood to screen for a deficiency.

Sample Report

Test Code: 070140

Also Known As: Alpha Tocopherol; Vitamin E1; Gamma-tocopherol

Methodology:

Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS-MS)

Preparation:

Fasting for 12 hours required. Refrain from consuming alcohol 24 hours before the collection.

Test Results:

3-4 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays. 

Sample Report

Test Code: 931

CPT Code: 84446

Also Known As: Alpha Tocopherol; Vitamin E1; Gamma-tocopherol

Methodology:

High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

Preparation:

Fasting for 12 hours required. Refrain from consuming alcohol 24 hours before the collection.

Test Results:

3-4 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Description

Order this Vitamin E Serum test to measure vitamin E levels in the blood to screen for a deficiency. Vitamin E, often referred to as tocopherol or alpha-tocopherol, is an essential vitamin important for several body functions. For example, vitamin E helps your nerves and muscles work well, prevents blood clots, and boosts the immune system. In addition, vitamin E has antioxidant properties, which protect cells from damage.

Foods that naturally contain the most amount of vitamin E include:

  • Leafy green vegetables (Swiss chard, turnips, and mustards)
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Vegetable oils 

While a vitamin E deficiency is rare, it is most often the result of underlying health conditions that cause the malabsorption of nutrients. These include:

  • Crohn's disease
  • Liver disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Rare genetic disorders

A diet extremely low in fat may also cause a vitamin E deficiency.

Signs or symptoms of a vitamin E deficiency include:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Slow reflexes
  • Difficulty standing or walking
  • Vision impairment or blindness

In addition to screening for a deficiency, a Vitamin E Serum test can be used to evaluate the vitamin E levels of premature babies at a higher risk of vitamin E deficiency and to determine if individuals are getting an excessive amount of vitamin E. Similar to a vitamin E deficiency, excessive levels of vitamin E in the blood are also rare. Abnormally high levels of vitamin E are usually caused by overconsumption of dietary supplements. Left untreated, individuals with excessive vitamin E levels can experience serious health problems, including an increased risk of heart disease (stroke).

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