B vitamins (funtional blood profile)



Body levels of B vitamin levels are best determined using enzyme dependent activity tests. Direct measurements of the vitamins are affected by dietary intake and nutritional supplementation.

In our tests for vitamins B1, B2 and B6 we measure the change in enzyme activity (erythrocyte transketolase[ETK], glutathione reductase [EGR] and glutamic-oxalocetic transaminase [EGOT] respectively) before and after the addition of excess vitamin.

Reference ranges:

B1 (Thiamine) <1.15 normal, 1.15 - 1.25 borderline, >1.25 deficient
B2 (Riboflavin) <1.20 normal, 1.20 - 1.30 borderline, >1.30 deficient
B6 (Pyridoxine) <1.75 normal, 1.75 - 2.00 borderline, >2.00 deficient

Results expressed as ratio of activated to basal activity in IU/gHb

Patient Instructions:

No B vitamin containing supplements for 24 hours prior to testing

hair mineral analysis sample test resultsSample Report:

rep-bvitamins.pdf (Click to Download)

Sample Requirements:

Green (lithium heparin); sample must reach the Laboratory within 24 hrs

Postal Samples Acceptable:


For further details please contact the laboratory at: lab@xxxxbiolab.co.uk