Many health problems are now being scientifically linked to vitamin deficiency and vitamin overdose. Modern lifestyles and poor diet are seen as major contributory factors to poor health in young and old, many of whom are turning to vitamins and food supplements in an attempt to capture "health" by taking excessive amounts of pills. However, without resorting to costly laboratory tests the medical profession and individuals are largely unaware of vitamin levels in individuals and treatment under a trained practitioner or self-prescribed can often be little more than guesswork. Animals are plied with vitamins to ward off illness in the same way with inherent dangers for the food chain. This research wishes to identify major deficiency/overdose links to health problems and provide portable easy to use test kits for use in human health care and animal husbandry by practitioners and laypersons.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards