This test measures Vitamin C levels in the blood. Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is vital to the production of collagen which helps with the health and repair of skin, blood vessels, bones, teeth, cartilage and tendons. Deficiency in Vitamin C can lead to Scurvy, a condition which can cause pain in the joints and muscles, easy bruising and easy bleeding. The body cannot produce Vitamin C so it must come from a person's diet. Good sources of Vitamin C include citrus fruits, berries, watermelon, cantaloupe, kiwi fruit, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, green and red peppers, and brussels sprouts. Vitamin C deficiency is often associated with conditions such as alcoholism, malnutrition, malabsorption disorders such as Crohn's Disease, kidney failure and pregnancy.
Vitamin C testing may be ordered when a person is showing symptoms of deficiency such as fatigue, muscle and joint pain, easy bruising, bleeding or swollen gums, slow healing wounds, chronic infections, tooth loss and unexpected weight loss. Vitamin C testing may also be ordered to monitor pregnant women or people being treated for malabsorption disorders.
Turnaround time for the Vitamin C testing results is typically 2-3 business days.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
Overnight fasting is preferred for the Vitamin C test. Refrain from taking vitamin C supplements or eating fruit 24 hours prior to sample collection.
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