The Comprehensive Guide to Wild Atlantic Health’s Vitamin D Test


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The Comprehensive Guide to Wild Atlantic Health’s Vitamin D Test

Vitamin D, often dubbed the “sunshine vitamin,” plays a pivotal role in maintaining optimal health. Despite its importance, a significant portion of the population may suffer from vitamin D deficiency due to insufficient exposure to natural sunlight. Ensuring adequate levels of this essential nutrient is crucial, and a vitamin D test is a vital step towards achieving this goal.

The Importance of Vitamin D

Vitamin D supports numerous critical functions in the body. It is essential for maintaining healthy bones and teeth by aiding in the absorption of calcium and phosphate. Additionally, vitamin D is crucial for heart health, immune function, and healthy aging. Studies show that individuals with vitamin D levels between 100-150 nmol/L have the lowest all-cause mortality rates, prompting nutritional experts to recommend higher doses of vitamin D3 to bolster your defenses.

Understanding Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to a variety of health issues, including weakened bones, compromised immune function, and difficulty in absorbing nutrients, which can result in abnormal calcium levels. Ensuring adequate vitamin D levels in your blood is essential for maintaining optimal health and preventing these issues. Regular vitamin D testing helps you understand your levels and mitigate the risk of deficiency.

What’s Inside the Vitamin D Test Kit?

The Wild Atlantic Health Vitamin D Test Kit includes all the necessary tools for a seamless at-home testing experience:

Component Description
2 Alcohol Wipes Used to clean and sterilize the area on the finger to be pricked.
2 Lancets Single-use lancets for pricking the finger. A second lancet is a backup in case additional blood is needed.
Blood Spot Collection Card Specially coated paper with circles to collect blood drops for lab testing.
Card Sleeve Protects the blood sample once dried.
Blood Sample Return Bag Keeps the sample dry and airtight.
Pre-paid Envelope Conveniently pre-addressed and pre-paid for easy sample return.
Gauze Pad Sterile gauze for wiping the finger after sample collection.
2 Band-aids To hygienically cover the pricked finger.

How Our Vitamin D Test Kit Works

Using the Wild Atlantic Health Vitamin D Test Kit is straightforward:

  1. Order a Vitamin D Test Kit: Easily available online, allowing you to test at home without needing to visit a doctor.
  2. Collect Blood Sample at Home: A simple finger prick is all it takes to collect a small amount of blood. This method is less invasive than traditional blood draws from a vein.
  3. Send Sample to our Lab: Use a prepaid label to send your test to our certified laboratory.
  4. View Your Results Online: Fast results, typically within two weeks, accessible through our app or website.

Interpreting Your Vitamin D Test Results

Once your test results are available, they provide a clear indication of your vitamin D status. Here’s how to interpret your test results:

Vitamin D Level (nmol/L) Interpretation
75-150 Normal Range
50-75 Insufficiency
Below 50 Deficiency
Above 375 Toxicity

Accuracy and Reliability

Our home tests are designed to be as accurate as those conducted in a laboratory, using the same biomarkers (25-hydroxyvitamin D) to measure your vitamin D levels. This ensures you receive precise information on whether you need to take steps to address a deficiency.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my body make Vitamin D? Yes, exposing skin for 20 minutes every day during the midday summer sun, you should be able to make a healthy amount of vitamin D. However, if you wear sunblock, have darkly pigmented skin, or are elderly or overweight, you may not make enough. There is not enough sunlight at the correct angle in the northern hemisphere from October to March. That’s six months of the year!

Will taking Vitamin D protect me from Covid? Although it cannot be said taking vitamin D stops you from getting Covid 19, in a study of 8297 persons, it was found that habitual use of Vitamin D supplements was strongly correlated with a risk reduction of 34% of Covid 19 infections.

Am I likely to be Vitamin D deficient? Low vitamin D levels are very common in Ireland with half of 18 to 39-year-olds, one-third of 50 to 59-year-olds and two-thirds of people over the age of 80 deficient! In Ireland, 74% of adults and 88% of primary school children get less than half the daily recommended amount of Vitamin D which is already too low.

Will my test be completed in a laboratory? Yes, your test will be sent to a certified laboratory.

Is it easy to take a blood sample? Yes, unlike a normal blood draw which can be uncomfortable and painful, our at-home test kit provides a convenient way to measure your vitamin D levels. Just prick the tip of your finger and put a drop of blood into each circle on the dry blood spot card. Once you have sent your sample back to us in a prepaid envelope you can expect to receive your test results within two weeks.

What should I do if I have low levels of Vitamin D? If you have low levels of Vitamin D, you should increase sun exposure, eat foods that are high in vitamin D (mushrooms, milk, eggs, etc.), and take a vitamin D supplement.

Will taking a Vitamin D supplement increase my Vitamin D levels? Yes, taking a Vitamin D supplement is the most effective way of increasing Vitamin D levels.

Is vitamin D a fat-soluble vitamin? Yes, Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin.

Does vitamin D promote healthy bones? Vitamin D promotes healthy bones by aiding the absorption of calcium and phosphorus from the gut, which are essential minerals for bone formation and maintenance.

What are the HSE / NHS guidelines regarding Vitamin D? For more information on guidelines, visit the HSE and NHS websites.

Taking the time to monitor your vitamin D levels is a proactive step towards maintaining your overall health. The Wild Atlantic Health Vitamin D Test Kit offers a convenient, accurate, and reliable way to ensure you stay within the optimal range. Order your test kit today and take control of your health!


[1] Wild Atlantic Health. (2024). Vitamin D Test – Vitamin D Blood Test. Retrieved from

[2] National Health Service (NHS). (2024). Vitamins and Minerals – Vitamin D. Retrieved from

[3] Health Service Executive (HSE). (2024). Vitamin D. Retrieved from

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