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Advanced Vitamin and Mineral Assessments

Instead of guesswork, learn precisely which vitamins and minerals your body requires, as well as any adjustments you may need to make to your current supplement protocol.

SpectraCell’s micronutrient testing offers a unique means to scientifically assess the intracellular requirements of micronutrients that play an important role in your overall health and wellness. Our tests measure the biochemical function of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants.

This testing analyzes your lymphocytes, a component of your white blood cells, and places them in a media (bath) that contains the minimal amount of all of the micronutrients needed for growth. Then they remove each one, i.e. B vitamins, antioxidants, calcium, etc. individually and the hope is that your cells are sufficient with regards to their inherent supply of each removed nutrient to sustain growth. In other words, they don’t have to rely on the media since your diet is supplying adequate levels of each nutrient for optimal health.

Since lymphocytes stick around in the body for 4-6 months, it gives a thorough history of your nutritional status instead of just recent intake.

They also use this technology to see how well your cells handle antioxidant and immune stress.

This is how results are reported.

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Antioxidant Analysis:

The same technology also provides a total antioxidant function test (SPECTROX™) which assesses the ability of cells to resist damage caused by free radicals and other forms of oxidative stress. Due to the considerable number of cellular antioxidants with extensive interactions, redundancies, repair and recharging capabilities, measuring total function is the most accurate and clinically useful way to assess your capacity to resist oxidative damage.

Immune Analysis:

A patient’s IMMUNIDEX™ score is one measurement to evaluate a person’s cell-mediated immune system performance. Specifically, it measures T-cell lymphocyte proliferation. Since immune function is a systemic measure of general health, a higher IMMUNIDEX™ score is generally desired since it means a person can respond efficiently not only to exogenous threats such as pathogens or allergens, but also to endogenous threats like tumors. The immune system, comprised of both cell-mediated (Th1) and humoral (Th2) components, when balanced and performing optimally, affords us critical protection and promotes health and wellness. Micronutrient deficiencies will undermine a person’s immune function, and thus lower the IMMUNIDEX™. Since the highly complex immune system is dependent on the intracellular availability of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, correcting specific micronutrient deficiencies typically raises the IMMUNIDEX™ and contributes to tangible clinical benefits, such as reduced infections.
Test Results:

Easy-to-read, comprehensive test results are returned within three weeks. Each report provides a scientific analysis of your nutritional deficiencies.

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