Weight Optimization


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Actionable insights. Individualized care. 

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 Weight Management

Micronutrients directly affect the ability of a cell to metabolize food. For example, carbohydrate metabolism is dependent on several B vitamins and minerals. A deficiency in just one micronutrient can potentially have an impact on a person’s metabolism. A deficiency in several micronutrients can exacerbate this effect. By repleting deficient micronutrients, you are potentially altering your metabolism in a way that makes you more efficient at burning fat for energy.

Obviously, there are many factors that cause a person to gain weight – hormone levels, insulin sensitivity, fat cell metabolism, medications and of course, our lifestyle. How each of these factors – even what we eat – affect our body shape and weight is highly dependent on micronutrient status. So, regardless of the reason, a micronutrient deficiency may negatively alter a person’s metabolism. Giving your cells the micronutrients they need to burn food for energy (versus fat storage) is a fundamental step in achieving optimal health, which includes being at a healthy weight. Similarly, many of the same nutrients that impact weight also impact Diabetes Management.




What we measure


  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K


  • Calcium
  • Chromium
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc

Amino Acids

  • Asparagine
  • Carnitine
  • Cysteine
  • Glutamine
  • Inositol




  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Glutathione
  • Lipoic Acid

Carbohydrate Metabolism

  • Fructose Sensitivity
  • Glucose-Insulin Response

Cell Health

  • Immunidex (Immune Function)










Why SpectraCell

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 Weight 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. 


Collection: blood draw (venipuncture)

Results in 10-14 business days from receipt of the sample.



* SpectraCell is a CLIA certified laboratory that reports functional micronutrient deficiencies in an individuals’ cells, which is the purpose of this report. It is not intended to diagnose or treat specific medical conditions. The quality and bio-availability of supplements varies considerably and should be taken into account when developing a repletion regimen.

How it Works


1. Purchase your test kit

Your test kit will be delivered right to your doorstep. If you are located near our laboratory, you will have the option to come in to get your blood draw at no cost. 

2. Get your blood drawn

Visit our drawsite locator to find a draw site near you. 

3. Get Results

Results will be securely emailed to you within 2-3 weeks. Easily share results with your healthcare provider. 

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.