Urinalysis can accurately reflect not only what nutrients we have consumed, but also how those nutrients are being utilized (by measuring what are called metabolites). Fine-tuning your nutrient levels often requires repeated testing, which can be painful, expensive, and inconvenient if it requires a blood draw. Testing urine makes this process much easier to do.
In creating Vessel's wellness cards we've look at numerous outside scientific studies to determine the best methods of creating an accurate urinalysis test. Our wellness cards results will appear slightly different than a blood test, which is capturing a moment in time. Our cards are looking at your body's nutrient output over the last eight or so hours, that's why we recommend testing first thing in the morning!
Our goal for all assays (testing areas on our card) is to reach 95% accuracy within one standard deviation. This means a result is within one standard deviation of exact match ensuring an accurate prediction of trends and correct suggestions and monitoring of nutritional status. 95% confidence is routinely used in clinical laboratories and assay development settings as a benchmark for assay design.
Our wellness cards categorize results for each nutrient area in to a "bucket". Buckets are an industry standard used by many health focused companies in urinalysis. These results are displayed as a range (i.e. 100-200 mg/L) in the app rather than a set number (150 mg/L) currently. As we continue to add more "buckets" to our testing we'll be able to offer more precise result scores. These "buckets" are also categorized in our app as high, good, or low depending on each nutrient area. As mentioned above, our goal is for all results to reach 95% accuracy within one standard deviation.
Looking for a deeper understanding of your particular results? Chat with one of our Certified Nutritionists free via your Vessel app or Schedule a Nutritional Consult for a more in depth review of your results and wellness goals.
Learn more about how your results are assessed and our current accuracy levels on our Backed by Science page.