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The Role of Micronutrients in Sports Medicine

Republished with permission from SpectraCell Laboratories The Importance of Individualized Nutrition for Athletes From a nutritional standpoint, the athlete’s focus should include both macronutrients–protein for muscle rebuilding, carbohydrates for energy renewal, fats for nerve function—as well as the critically important micronutrients, which are the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids your body needs to function… Read More »

Urine Testing to Monitor Transdermal Estrogen Creams or Gels

Written by Mark Newman, President of Precision Analytical, Inc. In this blog, you will see the data that has led us to the following conclusions about monitoring transdermal estrogen: Serum and urine (DUTCH) testing can be used to monitor transdermal creams and gels. Clinical parameters tested in the research (bone loss, vasomotor symptoms, FSH suppression)… Read More »

Micronutrient Testing in Celiac Disease – When a Gluten-Free Diet is Not Enough

Republished with permission from SpectraCell Laboratories Celiac disease is characterized by the inability to tolerate gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. When gluten is ingested by a person with celiac disease, an allergic reaction follows that causes serious damage to the intestinal wall, ultimately creating malabsorption issues and a host… Read More »

Nutritional Considerations of Women’s Health

Republished with permission from SpectraCell Laboratories There is overwhelming evidence that vitamin deficiencies are associated with chronic disease processes and the overall condition of one’s health. In this article, we’ll highlight the importance of nutritional supplements for the health of every stage in a woman’s life. Osteoporosis Good bone health is not as simple as… Read More »

Understanding Obesity and Nutrition

Republished with permission from SpectraCell Laboratories In the past, obesity was understood in fairly simple terms: excess body weight resulting from eating too much and exercising too little. Obesity is now regarded as a chronic medical disease with serious health implications caused by a complex set of factors. Micronutrients and Obesity: Obesity is a complex,… Read More »

Theories, Research and Treatment with Vitamins and Antioxidants

Republished with permission from SpectraCell Laboratories New theory on how vitamins work gains attention A group of researchers in Europe proposed a new theory on how vitamins work in the body, displacing the former accepted view that vitamin molecules work directly on cells in the body. Their research, which used radiation and electron pulse technology, led them… Read More »

The Role of Micronutrients in Neurology

Republished with permission from SpectraCell Laboratories A single micronutrient deficiency can contribute to any number of disorders of the nervous system, including migraines, neuropathy and even Alzheimer’s. Similarly, a high amount of oxidative stress at the cellular level could predispose a person to certain neurological complications. SpectraCell’s micronutrient testing measures over 33 vitamins, minerals and… Read More »

Sleep Apnea and the Correlation with Nutrients and Minerals

Republished with permission from SpectraCell Laboratories Perhaps you’ve heard about the correlation between low Vitamin D and sleep apnea. But did you know that there are at least 10 different nutrients that affect sleep? Addressing these 10 common nutrient and trace mineral deficiencies may help you improve the care and treatment of your patients who struggle with… Read More »

Testosterone & Men: Understanding the Age-Dependent Ranges

Written by Carrie Jones, ND, MPH, Medical Director at Precision Analytical, Inc.  It’s natural for testosterone levels to decline as men age, but working to identify the ideal ranges for one’s age is important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Carrie Jones highlights the difference between ‘optimal ranges’ and ‘age ranges’ in determining the body’s proper… Read More »

Vitamin K Deficiency & Weight Loss

Republished with permission from SpectraCell Laboratories   Vitamin K is a group of structurally similar, fat-soluble vitamins that the human body needs for post translational modification of certain proteins required for blood coagulation, and in metabolic pathways in bone and other tissue. The primary function of vitamin K is to aid in the formation of clotting factors… Read More »

Drug-induced Nutrient Depletion

Republished with permission from SpectraCell Laboratories When a patient takes prescription drugs or over-the-counter medication, chances are their nutrient levels may be affected. Below are some of the possible deficiencies that are correlated with each corresponding drug.  Antacids/Ulcer medications vitamin B12 – Anemia, depression, tiredness, weakness, increased cardiovascular risk Folic Acid – Birth defects, cervical… Read More »

Vitamin B12: Function, Deficiency Symptoms and Repletion

Republished with permission from SpectraCell Laboratories Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) is needed to form blood and immune cells, and to support a healthy nervous system. A series of closely-related compounds known collectively as cobalamins or vitamin B12 are converted into active forms, methylcobalamin or 5’-deoxyadenosylcobalamin. Methylcobalamin interacts with folate metabolism, preventing folate derivatives from being trapped… Read More »