Nutritional status is the foundation of health. Nutrient deficiencies play a role in the root cause of many chronic health conditions, and in order to experience long-term relief and complete remission this factor has to be addressed. True prevention and wellness cannot take place without correcting nutritional deficiencies
What are micronutrients?
Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals in contrast to macronutrients, which are the carbohydrates, proteins, and fats that we consume through our diet.
What is a micronutrient lab test?
A micronutrient lab test is a blood test that tests the levels of 35 vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional components that are involved in healthy function of the human body.
Health conditions correlated with vitamin-mineral levels
High Blood Pressure
& many others
Factors that can cause vitamin-mineral deficiencies
Digestive health/Poor absorption
Medication (many medications cause nutrient depletion)
Physical activity/Weight training
Learn which vitamins you’re deficient in. Get started with a micronutrient analysis
A word on hair mineral analysis.
Hair mineral analysis tests have become popular and widely available. However their utility is often misrepresented. Hair mineral analysis can give an indication of excretion of minerals. They are not a measure of the levels of vitamins and minerals within your cells. Levels of some vitamins can be measured in urine. However a blood test is needed in order to get a complete assessment of vitamin and mineral status.
Why you should re-test micronutrients
Nutrient status is dynamic. It changes with our lifestyles and as the demands on our body change. Depending on whether you have a health condition and the severity, this would impact how often you would need to re-test your nutrient status.
Knekt P, Reunanen A, Marniemi J et al. Low vitamin E status is a potential risk factor for insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. J Intern Med 1999;245:99-102.
De Mattia G, Bravi M, Laurenti O et al. Influence of reduced glutathione infusion on glucose metabolism in patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Metabolism 1998;47:993-997.
Natella F, Fidale M, Tubaro F et al. Selenium supplementation prevents the increase in athero- genic electronegative LDL (LDL minus) in the postprandial phase. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis 2007;17:649-56
Vance D. Role of phosphatidylcholine biosynthesis in the regulation of lipoprotein homeosta- sis.Curr Opin Lipidol 200819:229-34.
Head K, Kelly G. Nutrients and botanicals for treatment of stress: adrenal fatigue, neurotransmitter imbalance, anxiety, and restless sleep. Altern Med Rev 2009;14:114-140.
Huskisson E, Maggini S, Ruf M. The role of vitamins and minerals in energy metabolism and well-being. J Int Med Res 2007;35:277-289.
Acin-Perez R, Hoyos B et al. Control of oxidative phosphorylation by vitamin A illuminates a fundamental role in mitochondrial energy homoeostasis. FASEB J 2010;24:627-636.
Bryer S, Goldfarb A. Effect of high dose vitamin C supplementation on muscle soreness, damage, function, and oxidative stress to eccentric exercise. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab 2006;16:270-280.
Pitkanen H, Mero A, Oja S et al. Effects of training on the exercise-induced changes in serum amino acids and hormones. J Strength Cond Res 2002;16:390-398.