Micronutrient testing is a next generation blood test for measuring specific vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other essential micronutrients.
FUNCTIONAL (OR SUBCLINICAL) DEFICIENCY
A functional deficiency encompasses any of the factors that reduce the efficacy of a nutrient. Thus, a given nutrient may be present, but it may not be properly activated, appropriately localized or have sufficient cofactors to function at a normal level of activity. No matter what the cause, the result will be a defect in the biochemical pathways that depend upon that nutrient for optimal function. A deficient or defective pathway may operate at a sub-optimal level for many months, or even years, before a clinical symptom becomes apparent.
WHY TEST MICRONUTRIENTS?
Nutrient status is a vital foundation of health. Each micronutrient plays an indispensable role in promoting optimal cell function. When some cells do not function at their best, the foundation of our health is compromised, setting the stage for the development of disease. Identifying and correcting nutritional deficiencies is an important step in the long-term maintenance of optimal health.
Vitamin 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.
WHAT DISEASES OR CONDITIONS ARE LINKED TO NUTRIENT IMBALANCE?
Arthritis, Parkinson’s, alcoholism/substance abuse, behavioral disorders, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic fatigue, macular degeneration, diabetes, immune disorders, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and osteoporosis have been linked to nutrient imbalances. Studies published in 2002 in the Journal of the American Medical Association confirm the connection between nutrient deficiencies and disease processes.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM MICRONUTRIENT TESTING?
You can be deficient in micronutrients and not even know it. Studies have shown that 50% of patients taking a multivitamin are functionally deficient in one or more essential nutrients that are vital to long term health. Scientific evidence also confirms such deficiencies are associated with disease processes and the overall condition of your health. Deficiencies suppress the function of the immune system and contribute to degenerative processes. So, anyone who is interested in feeling his or her best can benefit from these tests.
COMPREHENSIVE FOOD ALLERGY TESTING
The incidence of food sensitivities has increased dramatically over the years. It is estimated that up to 20% of the population have adverse reactions to foods. Food Allergy Antibody Assessment
Helps identify those with true IgE-mediated allergies as well as IgG-mediated food intolerances.
The Test measures IgG antibody levels to many foods, quantitative IgE antibody levels to the most commonTypes of dietary allergens, and total IgE.
Additional tests are also available for regional inhalants, moulds, vegetables and spices.
HOW IS THE FOOD INTOLERANCE TEST PERFORMED?
The test is carried out on blood collected from a blood sample.
WHAT FOODS ARE COVERED ON THE FOOD INTOLERANCE TEST?
Almond, Apple, Apricot, Asparagus, Avocado, Baker’s Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) Banana Barley• Beef Beet, Blueberry Brewer’s Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Broccoli, Buckwheat Succinic, Cabbage, Candida albicans, Cane Sugar Carrot, Cashews, Casein, Celery, Cheese, Chicken, Cocoa, Coconut, Cod fish, Coffee, Corn, Crab, Cranberry, Eggplant,Egg White, Egg Yolk, Flax, Garbanzo Beans, Garlic, Gliadin, Goat’s Milk Cheese, Grape, Grapefruit, Green Bean, Green Pepper, Halibut Hazelnut, Honey, Kidney Bean, Lamb, Lemon, Lentil, Lettuce, Lima bean, Lobster, Milk, Millet, Orotic, Oat Onion, Orange, Papaya, Pea, Peach, Peanut, Pear, Pecan, Pineapple, Pinto Bean, Pistachio, Plum (Prune), Pork, Potato, Pumpkin, Radish, Rice, Rye, Salmon Sardine, Sesame, Shrimp, Sorghum, Soybean, Spinach Strawberry, Sunflower, Sweet Potato, Tomato, Tuna, Turkey, Wheat Gluten, Walnut, Watermelon,Wheat Whey, Yogurt, etc.