“But I eat a balanced diet, exercise, and take a multivitamin….” Many people work at improving their health, yet some individuals still have deficiencies. Why?
This test provides the most comprehensive nutritional analysis available by measuring functional deficiencies at the cellular level. It is an assessment of how well the body utilizes vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and metabolites. Also includes a separate antioxidant assay to determine the most useful antioxidants for your individual body.
Nutrient Deficiencies Can Contribute To:
- Inflammatory Conditions
- Digestive Disorders
- Autoimmune Disease
- Stubborn Weight Loss
- Brain Fog
- Chronic Fatigue
- Skin Conditions
- Mood Disorders
- Cardiovascular Disease
- ADHD and Autism
- Neurological Conditions
- Infertility & Hormonal Imbalance
- Diabetes and Metabolic Disease
START TODAY! WHAT IS INCLUDED?
The micronutrient test provides the most comprehensive nutritional analysis available by measuring functional deficiencies at the cellular level. It is an assessment of how well the body utilizes vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and metabolites, while conveying the body’s need for these micronutrients that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones, and other substances essential for proper growth, development, and good health. Also includes a separate antioxidant assay to determine the most useful antioxidants for your individual body.
This purchase includes a customized email review and nutrient deficiency guide demonstrating trends of potential reasons why you may be deficient, as well as supplement suggestions and food as medicine solutions! This package does not make you an active patient at Naturally Nourished clinic.
ARE YOU GETTING THE NUTRIENTS YOU NEED?
Nutrients are vital to health. They are required for every metabolic process in the body including:
• Energy generation
• Production of cells, tissues, organs, bones, genetic material, and teeth
• Protective mucous membranes
• Immune cells function and structures
• Synthesis of important compounds such as neurotransmitters, enzymes, hormones, and other functional proteins
Essential nutrients—vitamins, minerals, trace elements, water, phytonutrients, amino acids, and essential fatty acids— must be obtained from what we ingest. We must obtain these nutrients from food or in supplement form because the human body cannot produce them at all or in quantities sufficient to meet metabolic needs.
In order to promote optimal health, assessing nutrient status regularly is key to understanding what to address regarding the ideal dietary intake for an individual.
Metabolism and all biochemical reactions take place intracellularly (within cells). Nutrients- vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids are utilized within cells to produce energy and to manufacture enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, and proteins in order to sustain life. Micronutrients in particular—vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients— are the driving force or the “spark” behind these metabolic reactions. An insufficiency of any of the nutrients involved can contribute to a disruption in cell metabolism.
Biochemical Individuality: Because each of us is metabolically and biochemically unique, the micronutrient requirements for one person may be quite different than the requirements of another.
Absorption: Although you may eat a balanced diet, if you do not absorb vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and/or other essential micronutrients properly, you will have deficiencies.
Chronic Illness: Health conditions such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, fatigue, and multiple sclerosis, to name a few, can all be affected, directly or indirectly, by micronutrient deficiencies.
Aging: Our micronutrient requirements at age 30 are quite different from our requirements at ages 40, 50, and beyond. Absorption difficulties and increased demand are common as we age.
Lifestyle: Excessive physical activity, prescription drugs, smoking, alcohol and sedentary habits all impact micronutrient demands. With the information from this test, specific deficiencies that could negatively influence your health may be corrected.
Functional cellular nutrient analysis assesses the impact of individual nutrients on cellular function. The CMA (Cellular Micronutrient Assay) directly measures the effect of specific micronutrients on the ability of T and B lymphocytes to reproduce when stimulated with a mitogen (an agent that causes mitosis/cell division). When the body has an infection, it increases production of the T and B lymphocytes (memory cells) that “recognize” and combat that specific invader. The faster these cells reproduce the faster infection is overcome. The ability of these cells to multiply is driven by our nutrient stores. Cells need nutrients in order to grow and multiply. Those nutrient requirements are unique to each individual and are impacted
by many factors. Stress, genetics, high energy output in sports, pregnancy, recent infection, toxic burden, sleep patterns, etc., all play a role.
How does this test work?
Lymphocytes are separated from the patient’s whole blood.
The patient’s own serum is then added back to the lymphocytes.
Cells are stimulated with a mitogen (mitosis generator) and baseline proliferation rates are determined. The lymphocytes’ growth rate stimulated by the mitogen (as determined by intracellular metabolic activity) without the addition of micronutrients, is defined as the patient’s baseline.
Micronutrients are added to the lymphocytes/culture one at a time. Proliferation rates (metabolic activity) after nutrient additions are compared to the patient’s baseline proliferation rate. The single independent variable is the presence of a specific
micronutrient and in this way it is determined if that specific micronutrient enhances proliferation and to what degree.
The nutrients that enhance the cellular functional response to the mitogenic stimuli are reported as a nutrient insufficiency and borderline nutrition insufficiency. The enhancement of the mitogen-induced proliferation rate (marked or moderate response) indicates a suboptimal quantity of that particular nutrient within the patient’s cells, and an “insufficiency/borderline insufficiency” of that nutrient.
What is the difference between intracellular vs. serum and plasma assessment?
Measurement of micronutrients in plasma or serum is a reflection of their levels in circulation and outside of cells, not a reflection of nutrient levels within the cell where they have the most functional impact. Serum/plasma levels of nutrients are prone to daily fluctuations and are not necessarily a complete and perfect indication of intracellular nutrient status. Therefore, assessing micronutrients and their impact on cellular function at the cellular level is preferred as it provides insight into an individual’s long-term nutritional status (6 months) versus short-term variability.
What happens next?
Once you purchase your lab, please be on the lookout for a follow-up email from Brady. He will need the name and date of birth of the person who is running the lab in order to drop ship your kit. To accelerate the process, you can email this information directly to firstname.lastname@example.org upon purchase.
Brady will provide information on locating a draw site for any blood draws or further instructions for collection and shipping of stool, saliva, and urine specimen kits. You will also get a brief form to fill out to provide information on goals of running this lab, current diagnosis or symptoms, supplements and medications, and diet recall. Please fill this out so that we can customize your lab review as much as possible.
Your lab will likely take 2-3 weeks to process once received by the lab. You will get a direct email from Ali or Becki that includes your results, a brief interpretation, and direct supplement recommendations.
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Cellular Micronutrient Analysis - Nutrient Insufficiencies (48 nutrients)
- Thiamine (vitamin B1)
- Riboflavin (vitamin B2)
- Cobalamin (vitamin B12)
- Folate (vitamin B9)
- High gamma delta tocopherol
- Mixed tocopherols
- Nicotinamide (Niacin, vitamin B3)
- Pantothenic Acid
- Pyridoxine (vitamin B6)
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin K1
- Vitamin K2-MK7
- Vitamin K2-MK4
- Beta 1, 3-glucan
Antioxidant Protection Assay - Individually Protective Nutrients (41 compounds)
- Grape Seed
- Green Tea Extract
- Maitake mushroom
- Milk Thistle
- Rhodiola Root
- Shiitake mushroom
- Wild Cherry Bark
Antioxidants & Anti-inflammatory Compounds
- Coenzyme Q10
- Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
- Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
- Delta tocotrienol
- Linoleic Acid
- Lipoic Acid
- High gamma delta tocopherol
- Oleic Acid (omega-9)
- Palmitoleic acid (omega-7)
- Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD)
- Vitamin C
Redox is a measurement of overall antioxidant function of patient’s immune system.
The ability of the patient’s immune cells to resist effects of oxidative stress is compared to the average normal ranges of the population.