The importance of homocysteine as a marker for health and wellbeing is becoming clearer. There are an increasing number of studies that show homocysteine to be a predictor of potential health problems. Raised blood homocysteine concentrations can both predict the development of heart disease and strokes; in older people even better than any usual measure of risk including cholesterol, blood pressure or smoking.
Women with high homocysteine levels find it harder to conceive and are at risk from repeated early miscarriage. Raised levels of homocysteine have also been implicated in migraine and linked to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, declining memory, poor concentration and judgement and lowered mood.
The good news is raised homocysteine levels can usually be brought back to normal levels by simple dietary changes and / or supplementation with B vitamins. However, everyone is unique and different factors, including genetics, make it virtually impossible to determine an individuals’ nutritional requirements without assessing levels of homocysteine first, and then monitoring dietary changes to ensure that acceptable homocysteine levels are reached.
The Lorisian Homocysteine test is a quick and easy home-to-laboratory test that delivers reliable laboratory test results within just 10 days.
Raised blood homocysteine concentrations can both predict the development of heart disease and strokes; in older people even better than any usual measure of risk including cholesterol, blood pressure or smoking. Women with high homocysteine levels find it harder to conceive and are at risk from repeated early miscarriage.
Raised levels of homocysteine have also been implicated in migraine and linked to Alzheimer's disease, dementia, declining memory, poor concentration and judgement and lowered mood.†
†Homocysteine measurement does not give a definitive diagnosis of increased risk of these conditions and any symptoms or concerns must be checked out by a Medical Professional before carrying out the test.
Lorisian food intolerance tests use a very simple finger prick blood collection wand system. Because the finger prick system is so easy to use, the sample can be taken in store, in pharmacy, in the clinic, gym, work place or at home.
The sample is then posted back to the Lorisian Laboratory (in a pre-paid envelope).
Refer to the step by step guide below.
Included in the kit
1 x Antiseptic wipe
1 x Lancet
1 x Absorbent wand and container
1 x Plaster
1 x Customer details form
1 x Prepaid envelope
Keep out of reach of children. Should only be used by an adult. Lancet is for individual use and should not be shared with others. Return used lancet in the kit box provided for safe disposal.You should not take the test if:
Suffering from blood borne diseases such as Hepatitis or HIV
Under the age of 2
Pregnant or breast feeding
Taking steroids or immunosuppressants
Complete the customer details form and write your name and the date clearly on the side of the wand container with the pen provided.
You should wash your hands thoroughly in warm water and dry.
Wipe the side of your finger or thumb with the antiseptic wipe and allow to dry.
Twist and pull the cover off the lancet.
Place the lancet against the side of your finger or thumb and press the green plunger quickly and firmly to puncture
Hold your hand at waist level (or lower than heart) and massage finger or thumb from base to tip to produce a large droplet of blood.
Hold the wand by the plastic cover and allow the blood to soak up. The wand should be red throughout, showing it is completely full. We need this to be full as it contains the precise amount of blood needed for testing.
Immediately place the full wand inside the wand cover.
Put the sample and the lancet (for safe disposal) back inside the box; and replace the lid on the box.
Place your sample and lancet in the kit box. Take your completed details form and kit box, and place in the envelope provided.
Remember to include your details form, without this Lorisian cannot process a blood sample.