These tests are useful to differentiate the various types of anemias. It is also key energy nutrient test for healthy skin, hair and nails.

Clinical Significance

These tests measure levels of Iron, TIBC (Total Iron Binding Capacity), Percentage Saturation (calculated) and Ferritin. Iron is a key nutrient for energy, healthy skin, hair, and nails and it is also an essential mineral that your red blood cells need to transport oxygen throughout your body.

When iron levels are too low this can result in iron deficiency anemia (decreased red blood cells). You may experience fatigue, shortness of breath, headaches, hair loss, and other symptoms.

The Total Iron test measures the amount of iron in the blood, while the TIBC test measures the blood’s capacity to carry iron. The ferritin measurement is meant to determine the level of this protein that stores iron in your cells.