Patients often ask us if they are providing their bodies with the right nourishment. They want to know if they are eating a well-balanced diet and taking the appropriate supplements. Thankfully, we have innovative testing to direct us. The Micronutrient Test by SpectraCell Laboratories helps us understand the nutritional status of the body. It is a blood test which measures the function of 35 vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D3
- Vitamin K2
- Vitamin E
- CoEnzyme Q-10
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Amino Acids
In addition, antioxidant function as well as immune system function are assessed.
The Micronutrient Test is considered a functional test, in that it evaluates these levels inside the cell. This is in contrast to simply measuring the serum for vitamin and mineral levels, as those levels do not always correspond with nutrient amounts inside the cells.
We like this test because it helps identify nutritional imbalances. We know that nutritional imbalance is quite common today, and by measuring these key nutrient levels in the body, we can correct any deficiencies and bring the body back into balance. Having the appropriate balance is critical for an optimally functioning immune system and efficient energy production by the body’s cells.