Vibrant America, LLC
Seafood Zoomer™ Test
Seafood Zoomer™ Test
Functional Medicine Tests are laboratory analyses..
To test for and identify sensitivity to seafood, including fish and shellfish.
- Seafood is among the eight most allergenic foods in the United States
- Seafood sensitivity can be difficult to assess through traditional testing due to the high rate of cross-reactivity and low specificity of skin testing
- The major proteins involved in shellfish sensitivity are tropomyosin, arginine kinase, and sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca-binding protein.
- The major protein involved in fish sensitivity is parvalbumin.
- Some individuals are sensitive to the parasite Anasakis simplex, commonly found in seafood, but not to the actual fish or shellfish it infects
The Seafood Zoomer provides:
- Differentiation of species-specific parvalbumin epitopes instead of the whole proteins, identifying which fish species is most reactive
- Detection of sensitivity to antigens of fish and shellfish, as well as Anisakis, which is an infectious parasite usually found in fish
- A combined detection of both IgA and IgG, which reduces the possibility of missing reactivity
- A peptide-based microarray technique which eliminates the requirement of testing different forms of seafood (raw vs. cooked)
- A scale of reactivity which may help make decisions between rotation or elimination diets
Only healthcare providers licensed in their state may order laboratory testing.
Symptoms Associated with Seafood Sensitivity Include:
- Stomach pain
- Gas, cramps, or bloating
- Irritability or nervousness
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Skin rash
If I am allergic to seafood will the Seafood Zoomer detect this?
No. Allergy and sensitivity are two different immune-based reactions and are based on separate types of antibodies: IgE is an allergy and IgG/IgA are sensitivity-based reactions.
What patients are good candidates for the Seafood Zoomer?
Patients who suspect sensitivity to one or more varieties of seafood, including fish and shellfish, should run the Seafood Zoomer. This test provides the most comprehensive assessment of sensitivity at the peptide level to all major varieties of seafood, giving the most definitive answers to specific types of seafood one is sensitive to.