Micronutrient testing looks for vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies through a simple blood test. Having deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants or other essential micronutrients have been shown to suppress the immune system which can contribute to chronic disease processes. This testing measures the micronutrient levels within the white blood cells, specifically the lymphocytes. Since lymphocytes have about a 6-month lifespan, the nutrient levels accumulated in these cells represent a history of one’s nutrient status, rather than just a snapshot of recent nutrient intake.
This type of testing differs from the standard serum blood test in that the serum test primarily reflects current dietary intake. The micronutrient test tests for long-term intracellular requirements using the lymphocytes to determine any deficiencies.
Even if you are healthy you could still have a micronutrient deficiency. Since everyone is metabolically and biochemically unique, the micronutrient requirements for one person may be different than that for someone else. Some people may eat a balanced diet, but if your body does not absorb micronutrients properly, you can have deficiencies.
Health conditions such as autoimmune diseases, arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, fatigue and multiple sclerosis, can be affected by micronutrient deficiencies. Other things that can impact micronutrients and cause deficiencies include excessive physical activity, medications, drugs, smoking and a sedentary lifestyle.
Knowing your bodies specific micronutrient deficiencies provides a powerful clinical assessment tool for you and your healthcare provider. With this information, specific deficiencies that could negatively influence your health may be corrected. At Metabolix Wellness we utilize Spectracell Laboratories state of the art micronutrient testing. This tests 33 different vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well as provides an overall picture of immune system functionWe help to correct any identified deficiencies through our full line of oral, intramuscular, and intravenous vitamin and nutrient therapies.