CardioION Panel

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The CardioION profile is a nutritional analysis which measures over 125 key nutrient biomarkers, enabling us to identify nutritional imbalances that may be a root cause of complex or chronic health conditions. The test evaluates:

  • organic acids  – chemical indicators of metabolic dysfunction, relating to energy production, liver detoxification, neurotransmitter production, B vitamin deficiencies, antioxidant requirements and digestive health
  • fat soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D and E, plus CoQ10
  • minerals such as zinc, copper, selenium, magnesium, chromium and iodine
  • toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, nickel and arsenic
  • markers of oxidative stress –  which can lead to DNA damage within cells
  • markers relating to cardiovascular health – including not only cholesterol and CRP, but other markers which contribute to inflammation and qualify the risk of cardiovascular disease, including lipoprotein (a), homocysteine, lipid peroxides and the blood clotting protein fibrinogen
  • markers relating to hormone production, including insulin, testosterone and sex hormone binding globulin
  • ratios of essential fats such as omega 3, 6 and 9 in relation to saturated and trans fats
  • detailed information on amino acids, which are crucial building blocks for immune cells, muscle and brain chemicals

This test provides actionable insight and personalised treatment plans in relation to a wide range of health issues including depression, fatigue, weight gain, hormone imbalance, anxiety, mental health disorders, chronic pain, inflammatory skin conditions, allergies, osteoporosis, recurrent headaches or migraines, low libido, insomnia, hypertension, elevated cholesterol and diabetes. It is also the ideal comprehensive health check for people wanting to take a proactive approach to their health.

How to complete the CardioION Panel

There is a significant waiting list for the blood draw appointment, so please call Labtests Mt Wellington on 09 574 7399 and book a Tuesday morning blood draw, specifying that it is for the NutriPath CardioION profile.  You can then work backwards re timings for the urine part of the test, which will need to be done either on the Sunday or Monday morning prior to the blood draw and frozen at least overnight.

PREPARATION FOR URINE COMPONENT OF CARDIO ION TEST (to be done one or a maximum of two days before your blood draw appointment at Mt Wellington Labtests)

 2 days prior to urine testing.  Avoid: alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee or any other caffeinated drinks e.g. energy drinks), fruit juices, chocolate, cocoa, cheese, avocado, tomato, banana, kiwi fruit, pineapple, citrus fruit, grapes, plums, pecans, walnuts (and associated nut butters) and vanilla.  They don’t specify cranberries on the test kit instructions, but please avoid these too.  Avoid over the counter painkillers and any supplements.

1 day prior to testing.  Continue to avoid food and drinks as above and limit fluid intake to no more than 1 litre across the day, with no more than 250ml after 8pm.

Important to note: If you wake in the night and need to urinate, please collect a sample of this urine in a clean plastic cup and add this to the morning sample the next day. You are aiming to collect all the breakdown products which are excreted in your urine over a 6-9 hour period as you sleep.

Day of testing. Collect first morning urine into the 50ml yellow pot and use the pipette to transfer it to the white collection tube, which needs to be labelled.  Place the urine collection tube and the large freezer block in the freezer.


Night before blood draw. Fast for 8 hours over night and until your blood draw appointment.

Morning of blood draw. Ensure that you drink some water in the morning, so you aren’t dehydrated for the blood draw.  Attend your phlebotomy appointment, taking the freezer block and frozen urine sample with you in the white cooler box.  The lab will send the sample off for you and there will be an additional charge for the blood draw service.