Haematinics are substances that are required for the synthesis of haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Haematinics are minerals like iron, vitamin B12, folic acid, and vitamin C that help keep our blood healthy and avoid illnesses like anaemia.
A haematinics blood test is a diagnostic test performed by Elmi Laboratories for determining the amounts of these vital nutrients in the blood. This test assists healthcare providers in determining if you are at risk of getting anaemia or other blood-related illnesses as a result of vitamin deficiencies.
The haematinics blood test (a blood test available at Elmi Laboratories) evaluates the amounts of:
Iron: Iron is required for haemoglobin synthesis. Low iron levels can cause iron-deficiency anaemia
Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 is essential for the development of red blood cells and the nerve function. Deficiency can cause a type of anaemia called megaloblastic anaemia.
Folic Acid (Folate): Folic acid is crucial for cell division and the formation of DNA. Folate deficiency can also lead to megaloblastic anaemia. Deficiency of both vitamin b12 and folate can result in the body producing large numbers of abnormal red blood cells that are unable to function properly.
Vitamin C: It is know that the vitamin C does not directly involve the formation of haemoglobin, however, the vitamin C helps our body to absorb iron from plant-based sources. Vitamin C deficiency can donate to iron deficiency.
In conclusion, Elmi Laboratories measures the levels of these haematinics in the blood, which aids the clinicians to identify deficiencies and at the same time recommends appropriate interventions, including dietary changes, supplements, or other treatments, to address the underlying causes and promote overall health. If you are experiencing symptoms related to anaemia or nutrient deficiencies, please consult your GP or book an appointment with one of our GP same day appointment at the cost of £49. Haematinics blood test profile