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Sleep Apnea and the Correlation with Nutrients and Minerals

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 @ 10:52 AM

Cysteine - Oral supplementation with cysteine, the precursor to glutathione, has therapeuticSleep Apnea, Nutrient Correlation Wheel potential for sleep apnea.  Snore time and duration were significantly reduced for patients treated with N-acetyl cysteine compared to untreated sleep apnea patients.

Antioxidant Status - It is well documented that sleep apnea patients have both reduced antioxidant capacity and higher levels of oxidative stress than controls.

Vitamin C - Improves endothelial function (blood vessel health) in sleep apnea patients to levels seen in people without sleep apnea.

Vitamin E - Mitigates the oxidative stress seen in sleep apnea patients; Works synergistically with Vitamin C.

Vitamin A - Sleep apnea patients have low retinol (vitamin A); Retinol suppresses the growth of vascular smooth muscle, a process that causes blood vessels to clog, linking low vitamin A levels to the cardiovascular complications seen in sleep apnea patients.

Vitamin D - People with sleep apnea have a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency; The worse the apnea, the more severe the deficiency; Evidence suggests low vitamin D worsens sleep apnea's negative effect on heart disease risk.

Selenium - In one case report, selenium supplementation completely stopped snoring caused by non-obesity sleep apnea; Selenium's role as a potent antioxidant may reduce the oxidative stress seen in sleep apnea patients.

Copper - Considered a strong predictor of oxidative stress in sleep apnea patients; Copper's role as a key cofactor in the powerful antioxidant superoxide dismutase (SOD) explains this; SOD is very low in apnea patients.

Minerals - The trace minerals zinc, copper; magnesium, manganese and selenium are critical cofactors for the major antioxidant enzymes, which are important in repairing cellular damage caused by hypoxia (lack of oxygen) in sleep apnea.

Glutathione - Low levels linked to sleep apnea; This powerful antioxidant helps repair liver damage caused by sleep apnea.

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Topics: micronutrients, micronutrient testing, Cysteine, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Selenium, B Vitamins, Copper, Antioxidants, diagnostic tools, deficiencies, Glutathione, Minerals, micronutrient test, Dr. Fred Crawford, Sleep Apnea

SpectraCell Introduces Immunidex™

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 @ 02:00 PM

ImmunidexEffectively immediately, SpectraCell Laboratories will include a personalized assessment of your body’s immune function on every micronutrient test it performs.  Called Immunidex™, this score tells a patient how well their immune system can respond to outside threats.  The Immunidex™, which is now automatically included on every micronutrient test report, is only available from SpectraCell and does not add to the price of the micronutrient test.

Specifically, the Immunidex™ is an indicator of  how well a person’s  lymphocytes respond to  challenges from either the environment or potential disease burdens.  In other words, if the Immunidex is high, the person had a stronger immune response. The Immunidex™ score uses a patented technology for assessing cellular function, unique to SpectraCell Laboratories.  As a result, no other lab offers this type of indicator.

 “When people think immunity, they think colds and infections.  But cell-mediated immune function is a major defense against degenerative disease like heart disease, cancer and arthritis.” states Dr. Fred Crawford, PhD, Vice President and Director of Operations for SpectraCell Laboratories. “And since nutritional deficiencies profoundly impact a person’s immune function, including it on the micronutrient test report makes perfect sense.  Correct your deficiencies, and in the majority of patients, immune function improves.”

Micronutrient TestingEach person responds to an immune challenge differently.  Younger people usually have a stronger immune response than the elderly. Those with fewer, or less severe, nutritional deficiencies also will typically have healthier immune responses.  In addition, a person’s ability to fight oxidative stress in their bodies is correlated with healthy immune function.   Spectrox™, which measures a person’s response to oxidative stress and is also included on their micronutrient test, often correlates with Immunidex™ so that that higher the Spectrox™ score, the higher the Immunidex™ and vice versa.

SpectraCell’s micronutrient test, which now includes Immunidex™ retails for $370 and includes a panel of 34 antioxidants, vitamins and minerals .  It does not need to be ordered by a doctor unless the patient plans to submit it to insurance.  It is a simple blood test and takes about two weeks to receive results.  Over 3000 doctors currently use SpectraCell’s micronutrient test in their practice. More information on ordering micronutrient testing and Immunidex™ can be found at www.spectracell.com.

For more information, contact us at 800-227-5227, or email at spec1@spectracell.com.

Topics: micronutrient testing, immune system, Oxidative Stress, Dr. Fred Crawford, Immunidex, Immunity

The Medical Insider Interviews SpectraCell Laboratories

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 @ 04:05 PM

Dr. CrawfordThe Medical Insider - Don't Be Fooled Be Informed

Dr. Crawford, SpectraCell's Senior Vice President of Operations, was recently interviewed on the Medical Insider. On this radio program, he discussed micronutrient testing and current medical trends with Dr. Richard Powell and Dani Walker.

About Medical Insider:

Have you ever wondered if the information your doctor is sharing with you is the whole truth and nothing but the truth?  Has your doctor told you everything and given you every option available regarding your healthcare?  The Medical Insider takes an inside look at various modalities, therapies, medications, supplements and much more to bring you the up to date cutting edge information so you are empowered to make your own healthcare decisions.  A no-holds-barred discussion of what works, and what doesn't, from an allopathic, pharmaceutical as well as alternative healthcare perspective.  Don’t be fooled be informed with your hosts Dani Walker and Dr. Richard Powell.

Listen to the recorded interview HERE.

Also, feel free to visit The Medical Insider's website to listen to additional interviews and podcasts.

The Medical Insider

Topics: SpectraCell, micronutrient testing, diagnostic tools, Dr. Fred Crawford