Concerned about your health, but don’t want to head to a doctor every time you want some info? A new gadget aims to arm you with information when it comes to your health. Vitastiq is a small pen-like gadget that can detect vitamin levels or trends in your body through the skin.
The device uses something called electro-acupuncture methodology (EAV) which detects electrical resistance inside some of the body’s acupuncture points, which changes if a vitamin imbalance is present.
Interesting premise. By using this small pen and touching it to acupuncture points on my hand, I can see if I’m deficient in Vitamins? Fascinating. I received a Vitastiq device from the company to test and review over several weeks.
Vitastiq vitamin pen review
I’ll use the Vitastiq to look at what my levels are, whether beginning to take some vitamins changes my levels (after an initial control phase) and hope to conclude the review with a blood test to see how accurate the device is.
How to set up Vitastiq
Setting up and using the Vitastiq couldn’t be easier. You will need a QR code that the company provides via email. Once you have it, here’s how to do it:
- Download the Vitastiq app and sign in/sign up.
- Make sure your phone’s Bluetooth is on
- Push the tip of the pen to activate it. A small blue light will turn on on the pen’s logo.
- Open the app and select Settings> Select Vitistiq. You should see “Vitastiq” in the list. Tap it and you’ll get a check mark.
- Return to the main menu and select the Start button
You’ll need to do this each time you use the Vitastiq pen.
Using Vitastiq vitamin detection device
After pairing as above, the app will prompt you to dampen the tip of the pen, then it will have you calibrate the pen, by rubbing it along the side of your thumb.
That had me wondering what it is about that spot on my hand allows the Vitastiq to ‘calibrate’ so I reached out to the company to ask.
Calibrating the Vitastiq
“This specific area is where two skin types ‘meet’ and where calibration is mostly done in electroacupuncture,” explains Selena Petrovic, Corporate Communications Manager at Vitastiq, “When creating Vitastiq, we simply used the old technology and methodology and turned it into a modern gadget and an app. The old analog EAV devices have been around for many decades, while the methodology itself was initially researched by a German M.D. Reinhard Voll and his team in the 1950s”.
Vitastiq Vitamin measurements: tips
Next it’s on to taking measurements or what Vitastiq prefers to call ‘readings’. To measure or see the reading for each of the vitamins and minerals you’ll touch the tip of the pen to certain spots near your fingernails. The app asks you to apply the same pressure for each reading, and to place the pen exactly where it tells you to, and supplies simple diagrams so you know you’re placing the pen correctly. Even pressure is related to skin’s electrical resistance, according to Vitastiq. To get accurate values of the user’s skin resistance, the pressure should remain the same for calibration and when touching each measuring point.
You need to moisten the tip of the pen with water each time you take a reading to get better info, and move the tip around slightly to get the best possible connection for your reading.
Measure all your vitamins or just the ones you want
You’ll use points on your hand to take the measurements or readings for certain vitamins, but to do the full slate of 26, you will need to use your feet, and other parts of your body. Vitastiq divides these into sets or ‘templates’ called Essential, Advanced, and Total Care. Helpfully, you can add your own set of measurements and take only the ones you want to know specifically.
The Essentials are measured on points on your hand. Advanced is done on hands and feet, and Total Care includes other body points like your sternum and groin.
Vitastiq’s app also tells you a little about what each vitamin reading might mean (symptoms that deficiencies have been linked to), and what you can eat or do to raise your levels.
Is Vitastiq accurate?
The overall intent is that you’ll use Vitastiq to measure trends over time. That means you need to use it a few times per week for several weeks in order to understand trends.
Vitastiq says the accuracy of the traditional EAV devices is around 80% and that the company recently commissioned a study to verify the device’s accuracy, knowing people would want some kind of proof. The company says testing (where Vitastiq measurement were compared against blood test results) shows Vitastiq is 70% accurate when it comes to accurately reflecting vitamin and mineral levels in test subject’s bodies.
While the test group was small (45 volunteers)and the time period short (8 weeks) the test found “Vitastiq accuracy performance is at least 70% meaning that at least 70% of Vitastiq readings for each mineral and vitamin fall within the range of matching blood test results.
If you’d like to see the full study, I’ve placed it here.
What can Vitastiq measure?
Vitastiq helps track the general trend of 26 most important vitamins and minerals:
Folic Acid (B9)
Omega 3-6 fatty acids
Vitamin B12Vitamin B2
How exactly does Vitastiq measure vitamin and mineral levels?
As Vitastiq explains it, scientists noticed that the electrical resistance inside some of the body’s acupuncture points changes if an imbalance is present.
Vitastiq measures the electrical resistance of an acupuncture point in relation to the reference point (reference point is determined during calibration). Therefore, the device does not directly check the concentration of the particular vitamin or mineral. It informs the user about their present body condition and it tracks the general vitamin/mineral trend.
Vitastiq shows qualitative information without defining quantitative values.
It’s not a medical device and isn’t for diagnosis
Vitastiq spells out in literature that comes with the device that it is not a medical device, and can’t prevent, treat or cure any medical problems nor can it diagnose medical conditions.
Instead it’s supposed to be considered a “fitness gadget” that will track your “fitness and lifestyle activities”
Overall review of Vitastiq vitamin tracker: SOON
As I said at the beginning, I’m in the process of spending several weeks using the device to measure my vitamin levels. Where I might be deficient, I’ll try taking some supplements. After a few weeks, I’ll try to take a blood test (one, not ongoing comparison ones – I don’t have that kind of cash!) and see how I fare. I’m not a scientist, nor a doctor so this article should be taken only as my opinion.
If you have any questions as I work through this, please post them and I’ll try to find out the answers. watch for the rest of the review in a few weeks.