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Food Additives

Food Additives

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Measures the body’s IgG and IgA immune response to 57 commonly used food additives

Description

- Blood Test

Vibrant Additives is an array of 57 commonly consumed food additives, and which offers very specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. This panel measures an individual’s IgG and IgA sensitivity to food additives, which can aid in differentiation of food additive sensitivity from food sensitivities.

Being able to test IgA antibodies alongside IgG antibodies provides additional information on food additives that may be causing mucosal damage. Additionally, this test is ideal for patients who might be suffering from delayed reactions to certain foods or food additives.

Using an antibody-based food additives test can help prioritize the necessary foods to eliminate, avoid, or rotate and create a customized diet plan around the patient’s specific needs.

Food additives can be added to a food at any point in the process of growth to consumption, and many are considered generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA.

Why Test Food Additives?

Food Additives testing can be very useful to help prioritize an elimination or rotation diet. Usually removing foods containing additives that the body has produced antibodies to will alleviate symptoms, because the source of inflammation is removed.

Symptoms that appear when consuming a food with multiple ingredients can be due to a sensitivity to the food, or to the ingredients or additives in the food.

Food Additive testing can be very useful to help determine the true cause of the sensitivity and prioritize an elimination or rotation diet to reduce symptoms related to food additive sensitivities

The ideal time course for elimination is not established. Consider magnitude of antibody response, ½ life of antibodies, patient’s current dietary intake, level of motivation, status of mucosal integrity, and remission and/or progression of symptoms.

Food Additives Sample Report

Markers Measured

Food Dyes and Pigments

  • Acid Blue #3 (Patent Blue V)
  • Acid Red #14 (Carmoisine)
  • Annatto
  • Beta-Carotene
  • Blue #1 (Brilliant Blue)
  • Blue #2 (Indigo Carmine)
  • Brilliant Black
  • Cochineal Extract
  • Green #3 (Fast Green)
  • Red #2 (Amaranth Red)
  • Red #3 (Erythrosine)
  • Red #4 (Carmine)
  • Red #40 (Allura Red)
  • Yellow #5 (Tartrazine)
  • Yellow #6 (Sunset Yellow)

Pesticides

  • Deltamethrin
  • Glyphosate

Sweeteners

  • Acesulfame K
  • Aspartame
  • Erythritol
  • Mannitol
  • Monk fruit
  • Saccharin
  • Sorbitol
  • Stevia
  • Sucralose (Splenda)
  • Xylitol

Elements

  • Fluoride
  • Nickel Sulfate
  • Titanium dioxide

Preservatives and Antioxidants

  • Benzoic Acid
  • Butylated Hydroxyansiole (BHA)
  • Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)
  • Citric Acid
  • Sodium Sulfite
  • Sorbic Acid
  • Formaldehyde
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Sodium Nitrate

Emulsifiers and Surfactants

  • Lecithin (Soy)
  • Lecithin (Egg yolk)
  • Polysorbate 80

Flavor Enhancers

  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
  • Ammonium Chloride
  • Sodium Citrate

Gums and Thickening Agents

  • Gum Arabic
  • Guar Gum
  • Gum Tragacanth
  • Locust Bean Gum
  • Mastic Gum
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Beta-Glucan
  • Carrageenan
  • Cottonseed

Fibrous Additives

  • Ispaghula or Psyllium Husk

Other

  • Latex
  • Bisphenol A (BPA)

Symptoms

  • Gas and bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Headaches
  • Brain fog
  • Rashes, such as eczema
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Skin itchiness and redness
  • Bronchitis and asthma-like symptoms
  • Musculoskeletal joint pain
  • Muscle or joint stiffness and swelling
  • Neurological symptoms such as tingling or numbness

About Test

Key Details

  • Sample collection must be performed by a phlebotomist any day Monday-Friday.
    • More information on scheduling a blood draw can be found HERE.
    • You may need to pay an additional fee for phlebotomy.
  • Review your kit - When you receive the test kit in the mail, review its contents, and read through the information provided with the kit.
  • Place frozen ice packs (if included with the kit) in the freezer for at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.
  • Scheduling your blood draw any day Monday-Friday.
    • Search for a "mobile phlebotomist" who will come to your home, or:
    • Locate a blood draw site HERE. Please note: Quest and LabCorp only draw for their own tests, not for Vibrant America tests.
    • If you are in a rural location, consider asking your doctor's office to draw for the kit, or, call your local hospital and ask if they offer this service.
    • You may need to pay an additional fee for phlebotomy.
    • Your test kit may come with more tubes than needed. Please have the phlebotomist check the collection instructions and your test requisition form to determine the correct tubes to draw. Your phlebotomist will know what to do with the tubes and instructions provided.
  • After the blood draw is collected, you are all done! Your phlebotomist will process, package and ship your completed kit for you.

What to bring to your appointment:

  • Completed Testing Release Form
  • Frozen ice packs
  • Full test kit with all contents and forms
  • Fasting is not required for your kit. Drink plenty of water.

Verify the kit contents, which typically includes:

  • Requisition form: lab orders needed for the phlebotomist to draw your samples. Confirm your information is correct on this form.
    • Since your kit has been prepaid, you do not need to fill in the payment information on any of these forms.
  • Testing Release Form: You must fill this out and return it with your samples
  • Tubes: these are specific to the samples the test requires and some may have extra reagents in the tubes (this is not condensation!)
  • Ice pack: if present, place in the freezer (you must bring these to the phlebotomy appointment)
  • Shipping materials: a biohazard bag for your samples & return shipping label
  • For return shipment tracking, take a picture of the shipping label if you'd like to track status of the kit; most labs can't provide this information once the kit is shipped
  • Draw instructions: for the phlebotomist to confirm the test specific instructions.

Preparation & Timing

  • Sample collection must be performed Monday-Friday only by a phlebotomist.
    • More information on scheduling a blood draw can be found HERE.
    • You can find a Vibrant America-partnered blood draw location HERE.
  • If you are currently taking (or have recently taken) any of the following medications, consult your healthcare provider regarding the timing of collection.
    • Steroids
    • Immunosuppressive medications
    • Biologic agents
    • Other immunomodulating medications
  • Hydrate the day prior to the test.
  • Freeze the provided ice packs for at least 24 hours prior to your blood draw.

Requisition & Payment

  • Your kit has been prepaid. You may need to pay an additional fee for phlebotomy.
  • Instructions on how to fill out your requisition can be found HERE.
    • Since you pre-paid for your tests, you do not need to fill in the payment information on any of these forms.
    • You must fill out the Testing Release Form (you can find this paper in the same place as your requisition form) and return it with your samples.

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Vibrant’s relationship with its patients and providers is special. We go out of our way to provide the value and resources our providers need to accurately interpret test results and give patients the most accurate health information.

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All of our laboratory testings is done in a CLIA and CAP-certified laboratory in California.

Vibrant America's Compliance Overview

FAQ

What medications can interfere with the Vibrant Additives test results?

As with all antibody testing, immunosuppressant and corticosteroid drugs can reduce antibody production and cause false negative results. A patient should ask their pharmacist or healthcare provider if their prescribed medications are immunosuppressant or steroid-class medications. If so, it is recommended to wait 30-60 days (immune-response is individually variable) after completing the prescription for it to clear the system and allow the normal production of antibodies. This is required for accurate antibody measuring. Do not stop these medications without instructions from your prescribing doctor. A list of immunosuppressive drugs can also be found here: https://www.drugs.com/drug-class/immunosuppressive-agents.html

Inhalers can affect test results. Wait two weeks after completion of the inhalant dosage before collecting the specimen. Do not stop these medications without instructions from your prescribing doctor.

Certain infections can interfere with test results.

For best assessment, it is important for a physician to evaluate total immunoglobulins (total IgG and total IgA) to determine a patient’s baseline immunoglobulin production and thus accuracy of a patient’s antibody response. Total IgG and total IgA are available to add to any antibody testing from Vibrant if selected upon ordering on the lab requisition form.

Does the patient need to be actively eating the additives tested (food dyes, carageenan, glyphosate, etc) to run the Vibrant Additives?

Our Vibrant Clinical Team does not recommend a specific additive challenge to a patient who is already aware they have adverse symptoms produced when eating that particular ingredient. However, with any antibody testing, if the antigen has been removed for a significant amount of time (variable amongst individuals), the body will no longer mount an IgA/IgG antibody response and will render an antibody test as a “false negative”. Such is the case with any of our antibody tests, including Additives.

Is fasting required for the Vibrant Additives test?

Fasting status will not influence antibody results and the Vibrant Additives test measures antibodies to antigens specific for the additives measured.

What is the distinction between IgG and IgA antibodies?

  • A primary piece to understanding antibodies is their area of origin. IgA antibodies are produced by saliva, tears, and mucous linings in the lungs and the intestines. IgG antibodies are the most abundant in serum and are produced by almost every cell in the body. IgG antibodies can cross the placenta. These antibodies also have considerably different half-lives. IgA antibodies have a half-life of ~6 days. Elevated IgA antibodies indicate exposure 8-12 days ago. The half-life of IgG is much longer and individually variable and can indicate prolonged exposure/sensitivity.
  • IgA antibodies are produced by the intestinal mucosa as a defense mechanism. If IgA antibodies are elevated to a particular protein (antigen), this can indicate an immune response to mucosal irritation or damage. Elevated IgG antibodies means that there is exposure of these foods to the bloodstream and the body is producing antibodies.
  • In terms of food additive sensitivities and intestinal autoimmune disease, IgG antibodies can occur as a consequence of and can be downstream to intestinal permeability. These are likely correlated with more systemic immune responses (brain fog, fatigue, skin, migraines, etc). Vibrant Wellness does not measure IgG subclasses.
  • As with all immunoglobulin testing, it is important to evaluate the patient’s baseline levels of (total) IgA and IgG. These biomarkers are included in the Vibrant Wheat Zoomer.

What is the source of Vibrant Food Additive antigens?

  • The Vibrant Wellness 57 antigen Food Additives test uses FDA-approved antigen extracts only.
  • Food Additive sensitivity testing should only be interpreted in conjunction with a patient’s symptoms.

How are reference ranges for the Vibrant Wellness Food Additives determined?

  • Vibrant has given a numerical value to quantify the antibodies measured by chemiluminescent signal of our microchip.
  • The determination of the positive cutoff is by 97.5 percentile of 192 normal healthy controls.
  • If you are above 97.5 percentile, you are considered positive.
  • If 5% below cutoff (92.5-97.5 percentile), it’s borderline.
  • Less than 92.5 percentile, it’s negative.

What if my test shows that I have had a reaction to an additive (food dyes, pesticides, etc), but I don’t eat foods that contain that ever or often, and can’t remember the last time I have had it?

In the course of our daily lives – eating out in restaurants, buying packaged/processed foods, having dinner at someone else’s house, etc. we are constantly in contact with trace amounts of proteins from other foods.

This is especially common at a restaurant, where counters and food prep spaces might have had a host of different foods on them prior to your meal being served. You might be familiar with the terminology “this food was processed in a facility that also processes nuts, dairy, wheat…” or similar wording that is warning you that the food item might be contaminated with trace amounts of other foods that contain those additives.

It can be also that you have routinely come into contact with food that has been contaminated with other items such as food dyes, pesticides, etc.

These additives can also commonly be found in other consumable sources such as drinks, cosmetics, and personal hygiene products.

I have a known allergy, but tested negative for this food additive on Vibrant Food Additive test? How can that be?

The terms food allergy and food sensitivity are widely confused and often wrongfully used interchangeably.

A true food allergy (type I hypersensitivity or immediate reaction) is usually mediated by an IgE-specific antibody. On the Vibrant Food Additive test, we are measuring both IgG and IgA antibodies that are more indicative of a food additive sensitivity (type 2, 3, or 4 hypersensitivities or delayed reactions). For a full explanation on the difference between food immunoglobulins, please see this attached handout.

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When results are in

You'll be notified via email, with instructions to access via secured portal.

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Interpretation

Learn how to read your lab report.

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