Featured Diagnostic: Spectracell Micronutrient Panel

Micronutrient rich foods

Before we can talk about the Spectracell Micronutrient Panel it is paramount to understand nutrient deficiencies. At least a third of the US population suffers from one or more nutrient deficiencies(https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/micronutrient-inadequacies/overview). With our stress filled, fast food focused lifestyles, that’s no surprise.  The concerning part is that nutritional deficiencies, if left untreated, can result in a host of acute and chronic conditions. As an example, did you know that a recent study showed a higher risk of complications from COVID in those with reduced Vitamin D levels (https://www.bumc.bu.edu/busm/2020/09/25/adequate-levels-of-vitamin-d-reduces-complications-death-among-covid-19-patients/ ) And that’s not all- nutrient deficiencies can have a profound effect on conditions you wouldn’t even think- things like insomnia, mood disorders, fertility, muscle spasm, and even diabetes. And older adults have been shown to have improved immune function with optimal micronutrient levels (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6971894/ ).

I frequently recommend the Spectracell Micronutrient panel to my patients because this unique test evaluates levels of all major micronutrients, amino acids, and antioxidants in a living cell- the lymphocyte. Even if you eat healthy and take a multi-vitamin, you may have issues with absorption and actually getting those nutrients where they are needed- into your cells.

Information on this important diagnostic test can be found at https://www.spectracell.com/micronutrient-test-panel

Spectracell Micronutrient Panel Diagnostic Lab

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Lynn-Kettell Slifer

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