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Contrary to established paradigms about health, the majority of chronic disease is attributable in large part to cellular deficiencies in micronutrients. By correcting deficiencies, you can prevent, treat and reverse many medical conditions—from the most serious to the most banal.
Micronutrients and Immune Health
The immune system is a highly complex adaptive system that serves to protect us from exogenous (originating outside the body) threats like viruses and bacteria and also from endogenous (originating within the body) threats such as tumor cells or cancer.
How well our immune systems protects us is highly dependent on our micronutrient status. Micronutrient deficiency may manifest clinically as increased infections or susceptibility to pathogens. Cell-mediated immunity is an immune response that does not involve antibodies. Rather, it is the activation immune cells typically white blood cells also known as T-cells). The primary way to improve your cell-mediated immune response is to correct micronutrient deficiencies that directly compromise T-cell function. Even a single nutrient deficiency can dramatically lower the Immune response, so correcting nutritional deficiencies is absolutely essential.
Collection: blood draw (venipuncture)
Results in 10-14 business days from receipt of the sample.
What we measure
While you can measure vitamin levels in your blood at many labs, those tests will not tell you anything about how micronutrients are actually working inside your cells. Most commodity nutritional tests are serum-based and measure nutrient levels in the liquid plasma outside of cells but this is not where metabolism takes place. Every biochemical reaction needed to sustain life — like energy production, cellular repair, detoxification, growth, protein synthesis, genetic expression — all occur inside your cells.
SpectraCell's Immune Optimization Test not only measures nutrient status within your white blood cells, it measures the function (performance) of nutrients within your cells. After all, it doesn't matter how much of a nutrient exists in a cell, if that cell is incapable of using that nutrient. Ideally, micronutrient status should be assessed intracellularly and functionally and SpectraCell's test is the only one of its kind that does just that.
How it Works
As a laboratory, SpectraCell does not offer consultations directly to consumers on their lab results. We do provide educational materials that help them understand their test results however test results should always be interpreted in conjunction with other clinical information. Due to biochemical individuality, we encourage consumers to discuss their results with a doctor well-versed in functional medicine and nutrition. SpectraCell does not advise using lab results to replace a relationship with a physician or other health care professional and consumers should not rely on the lab results as professional medical advice. Consumers should always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider concerning questions they have regarding a medical condition, and before starting, stopping, or modifying any treatment or medication. The lab results are neither medical nor health care advice for any individual problem nor a substitute for medical or other professional advice and services from a qualified health care provider. The use of the lab results does not create a doctor-patient relationship. No information contained in the lab results is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. The consumer acknowledges and agrees that SpectraCell has not represented that lab results provided have the ability to diagnose disease, recommend treatment, or perform any other function that constitutes the practice of medicine. SpectraCell makes no warranties or representations and assumes no responsibility for any consequences relating directly or indirectly to any action or inaction the consumer takes based on the lab results. In the case of a health emergency, seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel.