SpectraCell Blog

Vitamin C, the "superstar" of the vitamin group

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Wed, Oct 09, 2013 @ 02:41 PM

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, along with vitamin E, blahbeta-carotene, and many other plant-based nutrients. Vitamin C is often considered one of the “superstars” of the nutrient world. Vitamin C has a prominent role in over 300 functions in the body.  Dozens of studies show that Vitamin C has multifaceted benefits ranging from protection against heart disease and cancer to other more esoteric conditions such as fatigue, wound healing and general immunity.  It is also a potent antioxidant that helps protect against premature aging.


Deficiency symptoms of Vitamin C


Signs of vitamin deficiency include dry and splitting hair; gingivitis more commonly known as inflammation of the gums and bleeding gums; rough, dry, scaly skin; decreased wound-healing rate, easy bruising; nosebleeds; and a decreased ability to ward off infection.

Conditions Associated with low levels of vitamin C

Low levels of vitamin C have been associated with a number of serious conditions, including high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, stroke, some cancers, and atherosclerosis, the build-up plaque in blood vessels that can lead to heart attack and stroke.

Download SpectraCell's Nutrition Correlation chart referencing the correlation between vitamin C with hypertension as well as watch our webinar "Nutrition and its relation to Cardiovascular Risk Factors"

Topics: SpectraCell, micronutrient testing, Vitamin C, High Blood Pressure, Wound Healing, Nutrient, Immunity

Clinical Applications of MTHFR Genomic Testing

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 @ 03:50 PM

Clinical Applications of MTHFR Genomic Testing webinar presented by Dr. Bridget Briggs
 
What you learned:  Dr. Briggs, MTHFR
  • Methylation processes in the body. 
  • The function of MTHFR and the common polymorphisms found in 40% of Americans
  • The links between the common polymorphisms in MTHFR and risks involving cardiovascular disease, thromboembolic disease, irritable bowel, depression, memory agility, autoimmunity, poor detoxification, infertility, PMS, insomnia and many other disorders. 
  • Treatment for patients with common polymorphisms including L-5 MTHF, Methylcobalamin, B6, Trimethylglycine, inositol, and other key nutrients.

  • Case Study Review

Clinical Applications of MTHFR Genomic Testing Webinar

 

Topics: SpectraCell, Autoimmunity, cancer cells, autoimmune diseases, Telomere testing, B Vitamins, Fibromyalgia, ApoE Genotyping, Cardiovascular Health, diagnostic tools, MTHFR Genotyping, Genotyping, Multivitamins, Chronic Disease, immune system, breast cancer, deficiencies, Elderly, chronic fatigue and nutrition, health, Case Study, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, degenerative illness, Cancer Prevention, Heart Health, Gastrointestinal Tract, cardiovascular disease, Energy, Methylation, Immunidex, Immunity, eczema and nutrition, Genetics, Bowel Disease, Controversy, Dr. Bridget Briggs, Women's Health

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 [email protected]

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

COMING SOON to a Lab Near You! Immunidex...

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 @ 05:21 PM

SpectraCell ImmunidexWhat Does the Immunidex Measure?
A patient’s Immunidex score is one measurement to evaluate a person’s cell-mediated immune system performance. Specifically, it measures T-cell lymphocyte proliferation. Since immune function is a systemic measure of general health, a higher Immunidex score is generally desired since it means a person can respond efficiently not only to exogenous threats such as pathogens or allergens, but also to endogenous threats like tumors. The immune system, comprised of both cell-mediated (Th1) and humoral (Th2) components, when balanced and performing optimally, affords us critical protection and promotes health and wellness.

How is the Immunidex Performed?
A patient’s lymphocytes are isolated from whole blood and introduced to a protein that stimulates growth. The protein mitogen used to trigger mitosis, or cell division, is PHA (phytohemagglutinin), which stimulates T-lymphocytes to proliferate. The proliferative response is measured by the incorporation of radioactive thymidine into newly synthesized DNA. Your patient’s response is compared to responses of a reference population and results are reported to you as an Immunidex score.

Calcium DeficiencyWhat Affects the Immunidex Result?
Micronutrient deficiencies will undermine a person’s immune function, and thus lower the Immunidex. Since the highly complex immune system is dependent on the intracellular availability of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, correcting specific micronutrient deficiencies typically raises the Immunidex and contributes to tangible clinical benefits, such as reduced infections and may assist in achieving Th1/Th2 balance.

How does the Immunidex correlate with antioxidant function?
In general, the higher the antioxidant score (Spectrox™), the higher the Immunidex score. Antioxidant function plays an important role in promoting optimal T-cell (lymphocyte) function. It is important to find out if a patient has deficiencies in specific antioxidant nutrients so they can supplement wisely. But it is also important to measure a total antioxidant function because the metabolic pathways in which antioxidants are involved are Spectroxhighly complex, sometimes redundant and often overlapping. Research confirms that taking excess antioxidants that are not needed (i.e. where no deficiency exists) can actually cause them to become pro-oxidants and decrease antioxidant function.

How is Immunidex related to aging?
As we age, our immune function typically decreases as seen in the figure below. Although many factors are involved in this complicated process of decline, the Immunidex is one of many relevant aging biomarkers since age diminishes the ability of a person’s lymphocytes to respond to challenges. The effects of both good and poor antioxidant function on the Immunidex is shown and emphasizes the importance of testing for antioxidant function (Spectrox™) and individual antioxidant deficiencies.

How do you order the Immunidex?
The Immunidex is part of SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Testing panel. There is no additional charge for this calculated test result. Ordering instructions are the same – same kit, same blood draw instructions.

Please contact your local representative for more details or email us at [email protected] with any questions or comments!  Thank you.

Topics: Antioxidants, Nutritional Deficiency, Aging, Spectrox, Immunidex, Immunity