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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 Mental Health
Micronutrients play a prominent role in mental health. The brain, neurons and messenger chemicals all require micronutrients in order to function optimally. Further, mental health relies on highly orchestrated feedback systems that need micronutrients to work. If you are deficient in one or more micronutrients, it may compromise your ability to make the necessary biological chemicals (called neurotransmitters) that keep your mood stable and emotional responses appropriate to circumstances that elicit them. Obviously, there are many factors that contribute to depression – hormone levels, neurochemistry, medications, what we ingest and of course, the circumstances of life. How each of these factors affect our mental health and mood is highly dependent on micronutrient status. So, regardless of the reason, a micronutrient deficiency may negatively impact mental health. By repleting deficient micronutrients, you are potentially altering your body chemistry in a way that makes you more resistant to depressive or anxiety symptoms.
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 Mental Health Support 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.