“Inadequate intake or subtle deficiencies in several vitamins are risk factors for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis.” An article in Journal of the American Medical Association highlights the importance of optimal nutritional status. (JAMA, June 19, 2002-Vol 287, No 23.) The article continues to define suboptimal levels of a vitamin as “those associated with abnormalities of metabolism that can be corrected by supplementation with that vitamin.” So how do you know which vitamins you need to supplement to prevent risk factors for chronic disease?
Nutrient status can be tested. Many testing options are available through your doctor at a traditional laboratory. Vitamin D3, Vitamin B12, and iron are routinely tested for many people. More comprehensive tests do exist, such as Spectracell micronutrient testing which is offered through Peoples’ Wellness Practitioners. Spectracell tests examine over 30 vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants in the white blood cells of the body. Examining the white blood cell, or lymphocyte, gives an idea of how the body is utilizing nutrients over the last 4-6 months.
If you wonder if the vitamins you are taking are the right ones for you or if your body is getting the benefit from the stock of supplements that you have in your cabinet, micronutrient testing may provide answers for you. To learn more about Spectracell and their education programs, visit spectracell.com or speak with any of the Peoples practitioners proudly offering Spectracell micronutrient testing.
by Dr. Julia Strickler, ND