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.
Testing for food additive sensitivities can provide the most complete picture of total problematic foods and ingredients when run alongside a Vibrant 96, 84, or 180 Food Sensitivity panel.
Not Available in New York state
Only healthcare providers licensed in their state may order laboratory testing.
- Gas and bloating
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Diarrhea or constipation
- 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