Vitamin & Micronutrient Screening.
Health is a state of harmony.
To maintain your brain, muscle, bone, nerves, skin, blood circulation, and immune system, your body requires a steady supply of many different raw materials—both macronutrients and micronutrients. You need large amounts of macronutrients—proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. And while you only need a small number of micronutrients—vitamins and minerals—failing to get even those small quantities virtually guarantees disease.
Vitamin & Micronutrient screenings will
Vitamin & Micronutrient Details.
What is Vitamin & Micronutrient Screening?
Vitamin & Micronutrient testing is a next generation blood test for measuring specific vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other essential micronutrients within an individual’s white blood cells (lymphocytes). It is the gold standard for this type of test.
Why is Vitamin & Micronutrient Screening important?
Vitamin & Micronutrient screening matters because nearly every physiological function in your body requires micronutrients to function properly. Vitamin and minerals compounds play a key role in:
- Strengthening the immune system
- Reducing systemic inflammation
- Protecting against free radical damage
- Maintaining a healthful hormonal balance (i.e. thyroid, sex hormones, adrenal hormones, neurotransmitters/brain hormones, etc.)
- Maintaining insulin sensitivity
- Slowing cellular aging
- Promoting the health all tissues: skin, bone, brain, breast, gut, breast, prostate, heart, etc.
- Protecting against the development, progression and recurrence of cancer.
You can suffer from numerous symptoms when you have micronutrient deficiencies, but without testing, there is no way to know if they might be related to a deficiency (that can be fixed with dietary changes or supplements) or any number of other potential causes.
What areas can I treat by identifying Vitamin & Micronutrient deficiencies?
Vitamin & Micronutrient deficiencies and imbalance have been correlated with a number of disease and health conditions, including, but not limited to:
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Estrogen Levels
- Female & Male Fertility
- Gastrointestinal Health
- Sleep Apnea
- Sports Nutrition
- Testosterone Levels
- Weight Management
Each micronutrient plays an indispensable role in promoting optimal cell function, and when some cells do not function at their best, the foundation of our health is compromised and sets the stage for the development of many diseases and physiological imbalance. Identifying and correcting nutritional deficiencies is an important step in the long-term maintenance of optimal health.
Why do Vitamin & Micronutrient testing versus normal tests?
Vitamin and micronutrient deficiencies aren’t just a reflection of diet. Since we are all biochemically unique, nutrient deficiencies will vary from patient to patient, and do not necessarily correlate directly with nutrient intake, even among those with similar health conditions. Many factors beyond diet determine whether nutrient function is adequate. These include biochemical individuality, genetic predisposition, absorption and metabolism, age, disease conditions and medications.
How does the screening work?
With our partner SpectraCell Laboratories, we will measure the function of 35 nutritional components including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids within your white blood cells. Scientific evidence shows us that analyzing the white blood cells gives us the most accurate analysis of a body’s deficiencies.
While standard tests only measure static quantities of vitamins and minerals present in serum, primarily reflecting dietary intake, the SpectraCell testing assesses long-term intracellular requirements using each patient’s lymphocytes and measuring cell growth over time to determine functional intracellular deficiencies, which might not be detected by standard serum tests, and provides a powerful clinical assessment tool that is specific to the patient.
What vitamins and micronutrients are tested?
The following elements are tested and measured:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin K
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Coenzyme Q10
- Vitamin E
- Fructose Sensitivity
- Glucose-Insulin Metabolism
- Oleic Acid
What do I get after the screening?
Vitamin & Micronutrient lab results include an overview page with all deficiencies listed, numeric and graphic reports easily identifying deficiencies and repletion and supplementation recommendations. Your doctor will review the results with you to develop a diet, nutrition, and vitamin and mineral supplement plan specifically for your needs.