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SpectraCell’s 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 31 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty 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. Repletion recommendations are made based on need.

Why use the SpectraCell® Micronutrient test?

What truly makes our test unique is that it measures the functional  level and capability of micronutrients present within white blood cells, where metabolism takes place and where micronutrients do their job -  thus taking a person’s biochemical individuality into account. Unlike static serum measurements, which only assess the concentration of nutrients present outside of the cell (extracellular) and only provide a glimpse of your health, SpectraCell’s Micronutrient test is a long term assessment (4-6 months) that addresses the functional impact (performance) of micronutrients - what really matters. 

Why is nutrient status important?

Virtually all metabolic and developmental processes that take place in the body require micronutrients, and strong evidence suggests that subtle vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant

deficiencies can contribute to degenerative processes such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Evaluating micronutrient status can therefore be the first step in identifying metabolic inadequacies while shedding light on the possible underlying causes of complex chronic conditions. 

When should a micronutrient test be considered?

Extensive scientific and clinical studies spanning 50 years have repeatedly demonstrated that micronutrient deficiencies can adversely affect health. These deficiencies can set the stage for chronic disease and compromised immune health at any stage in life, particularly if they persist.

Clinical Applications:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Neurological disorders/Alzheimer’s
  • Autism and other spectrum disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fertility issues
  • Weight issues
  • Sports performance optimization

Vitamins

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Biotin
  • Folate
  • Pantothenate
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D3
  • Vitamin K2

Minerals

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Copper

Amino Acids

  • Asparagine
  • Glutamine
  • Serine

Fatty Acids

  • Oleic Acid

Antioxidants

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Cysteine
  • Glutathione
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin E

Carbohydrate Metabolism

  • Chromium
  • Fructose Sensitivity
  • Glucose-Insulin Metabolism

Metabolites

  • Choline
  • Inositol
  • Carnitine

Spectrox®
Total Antioxidant Function

Immunidex
Immune Response Score

Requirements

Specimen Type: Whole Blood

Container: 2 ACD Yellow Top Tubes (Sol. A)

Fasting: Not required

Collection

  1. Collect two full ACD yellow top tubes.
  2. Mix by inverting 8 times immediately after drawing.
  3. Do not refrigerate, freeze, or centrifuge specimens.
  4. Label tube with patient name, DOB, and date of collection.
  5. Ship in Micronutrient kit provided.

Turnaround Time: 10-14 days

Micronutrient Test

Nutritional

Not available in New York State

Healthcare providers licensed in their state may order laboratory testing; however Micronutrient Testing is not available through providers in the state of New York. 

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Sample Report

Lipoprotein Particle Profile (LPP®)


Cholesterol has historically been used as the standard indicator for cardiovascular disease, often being classified as “good” (HDL) or “bad” (LDL). Studies have found that it is actually the lipoprotein particles that carry the cholesterol throughout the blood, not the cholesterol within them, that are responsible for key steps in plaque formation and the development of cardiovascular disease. The small, dense, cholesterol-depleted particles impart the highest risk, as does a higher number of these lipoproteins. Standard cholesterol testing does not tell us enough about the particle types – or subgroups – of each of these LDL and HDL families;  therefore, it misses the earliest opportunity to prevent adverse cardiovascular events, when it’s easiest to treat.

Why is it important to know lipoprotein numbers?

Cardiovascular risk increases with a higher LDL particle count. With a higher non-HDL count, the probability of particle penetration of the arterial walls rises, regardless of the total amount of cholesterol contained in each particle. 

More than 30% of the population has cholesterol-depleted LDL, a condition in which a patient's cholesterol may be "normal" but their lipoprotein particle number, and hence their actual risk, could be much higher than expected. This is especially common in people whose triglycerides are high or HDL is low. In the population with a cholesterol-depleted LDL, there can be up to a 40% error in risk assessment. 

LPP® Plus Profile

  • Lipoprotein Fractionation
  • Lipoprotein Particle Numbers
  • Total Cholesterol
  • Total LDL Particles
  • Total HDL Particles
  • Triglycerides
  • Lipoprotein (a)
  • hs-CRP
  • Homocysteine
  • Apolipoprotein A-1
  • Apolipoprotein B
  • Insulin

LPP® Basic Profile

  • Lipoprotein Fractionation
  • Lipoprotein Particle Numbers
  • Total Cholesterol
  • Total LDL Particles
  • Total HDL Particles
  • Triglycerides
  • Lipoprotein (a)

Requirements

Specimen Type: Serum

Container: 1 SST

Fasting: 9-12 hours required

Collection: 

  1. Let SST clot for 20- 30 min. 
  2. Centrifuge within 1 hour of collection for 15 min. At 3000 rpm; do not pour off. 
  3. Label tube with patient name, DOB, and date of collection. 
  4. Ship with the frozen ice pack in the kit provided; keep refrigerated until shipped. 

Turnaround Time: 7-10 days

Cardiovascular

Healthcare providers licensed in their state may order laboratory testing. 

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Lipoprotein Sample Report

Genetics

Not available in New York State

Healthcare providers licensed in their state may order laboratory testing. 
 

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  • “SpectraCell Micronutrient Test is a unique, scientifically-based nutrient evaluation of specific deficiencies that allows for targeted treatment. The detection of micronutrient deficiencies using this test offers a functional and biochemically unique approach to the prevention and treatment of many diseases in which the root cause originated with nutritional deficiency and subsequent downstream of cellular dysfunction and illness.”

    Mark Houston, M.D., M.S., SCH, ABAAM, FACP, FAHA Internal Medicine
  • “SpectraCell's micronutrient test allows me to diagnose specific functional deficiencies and subsequently compound supplements appropriate for the individual needs of my patients.”

    Michael O'Neal, Primary Care Team Physician Toronto Blue Jays – MLB
  • "As an interventional cardiologist and electrophysiologist dedicated to the advancement of cardiovascular health, I have come to appreciate the need for individualizing our approach to patient care. I have relied heavily upon SpectraCell's Micronutrient Test for the better part of the last decade. It gives me the ability to treat patients on a targeted and individualized level, thus eliminating the guesswork."

    Seth Baum, M.D. Cardiologist, VitalRemedy - Boca Raton, FL