SpectraCell Blog

Feeling Fabulous or Fatigued?  (Hint – it’s all in your cells!)

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 @ 12:30 PM

healthy woman.jpgCellular health – whether referring to brain cells, bone cells, or fat cells – impacts the health of the entire body. Health issues may arise and manifest differently for each person depending on one’s unique biochemistry. Some common examples of these manifestations include excess weight, headaches, and dry skin, driven by poor cellular metabolism. Quite literally, health and wellness begin at the cellular level. 

A paradigm shift in women’s healthcare is happening right now.  You may have noticed that much of the focus in medicine today has shifted from disease to prevention; however, what we commonly think of as “preventive” medicine (mammograms, PAP smears) is actually pre-symptomatic screening for earlier disease detection and diagnosis.  Prevention can be facilitated by the optimal nourishment of cells with micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants), as these fuel the cell and are involved in hundreds of metabolic reactions and physiological process. Some of these include detoxification, energy production, neurotransmitter balance, sleep quality, cognition, and immunity. Therefore, micronutrients profoundly affect mood, skin, hormone balance – every organ, endocrine, and body system is impacted. In fact, the nutrient-hormone connection is huge.  Did you know that many female cancers – breast, uterine, ovarian – may occur when estrogen is metabolized into toxic by-products that are not eliminated? To keep estrogen metabolism in the body safe, women are encouraged to focus on these micronutrients:

  • Magnesium activates the enzyme that removes toxic forms of estrogen.
  • Vitamin B6 protects genes from estrogen-induced damage.
  • Vitamin B3 increases adiponectin, a weight loss hormone.
  • Vitamin A regulates leptin, a hormone that suppresses appetite.
  • Cysteine prevents toxins in breast tissue from becoming cancerous.

These nutrients and dozens others behave like hormonal housekeepers, and lacking even one of these can set the stage for compromised health: vitamin deficiency can manifest as fairly benign conditions (lack of energy or poor sleep), or more serious illness (allowing the uncontrolled growth of cancerous cells to grow and invade healthy tissue).

Because we are all biochemically unique, micronutrient deficiencies may lead to different symptoms in different women. Find out yours, and take steps to correct them, by taking your micronutrient test today.



Topics: micronutrients, vitamin deficiencies, intracellular, Women's Health, Cellular Health, nutrient deficiencies, estrogen metabolism, Nutrient-Hormone Connection

Forbes Says You Should Know Tim Ferriss in 2011 (and SpectraCell)

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Wed, Jan 05, 2011 @ 02:18 PM

The 4-Hour Body by Tim FerrissRecently, Forbes Magazine published an article on "Names You Need to Know in 2011: Tim Ferriss".

Why Should You Know Tim Ferriss?

He is an accomplished 33 year old author, entrepreneur and public speaker who recently published a #1 New York Time's Best Seller, "The 4-Hour Body". He is also the author of The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich. He believes in the power of health and wellness to enrich and prolong our lives.

What is "The 4-Hour Body" About?

According to Mr. Ferris, his book is more than just a diet and exercise guide.  It is a book which combines the expertise and advise of countless doctors, athletes and peers, as well as his own findings.  This book is for men and women to learn more about how they can improve all aspects of their daily lives.

Why Does He Believe in SpectraCell's Micronutrient Testing?

Tim Ferriss "highly, highly recommends" SpectraCell's micronutrient testing which measures 33 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. He believes in the power of nutrition and its ability to provide better healthcare. There is also overwhelming evidence that vitamin deficiencies are associated with chronic disease processes and the overall condition of one's health. These deficiencies have been shown to suppress immune function and contribute to chronic degenerative processes such as arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

What is SpectraCell's Micronutrient Testing?

SpectraCell’s micronutrient testing offers a unique means to scientifically assess the intracellular requirements of micronutrients. It measure the biochemical function of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants, providing a powerful clinical assessment tool.

These tests are designed to provide patients and physicians with the most comprehensive nutritional analysis available. As the only lab that can offer a truly functional intracellular testing, SpectraCell also provides targeted nutrient repletion recommendations for those vitamins and minerals found to be deficient.

Are You a Physician or a Patient Wanting More Information? 


Topics: SpectraCell, micronutrient testing, Antioxidants, diagnostic tools, wellness, Nutrition, deficiencies, health, intracellular, Tim Ferriss

Discrepancy or Deficiency? Vitamin D

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 @ 04:04 PM

Vitamin DIt seems that there is a consistent issue with variances of serum and functional measurements of vitamin D.

In short, serum determinations give a static quantitative measurement while functional intracellular assays reflect the long term status of Vitamin D levels.

The results of the serum and functional tests may or may not be in agreement, but this apparently conflicting information is still useful to physicians and patients. If a patient has a low serum level of vitamin D, yet the functional test is normal, these results suggest a short term deficiency of vitamin D and the patient should be repleted. If the serum test is normal, yet the functional test is deficient, the cell may need more vitamin D for optimal function and the patient should be repleted. Therefore both tests are useful in assessing the vitamin D status of patients.

The same principal described for vitamin D may occur with any analyte for which we are reporting functional test results.

What are your thoughts on the difference between functional testing and serum testing?

Topics: micronutrients, micronutrient testing, Vitamin D, deficiencies, intracellular

Intracellular Function of Essential Nutrients

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Fri, Oct 08, 2010 @ 04:15 PM

Apple-A-DayNutrient deficiencies may be induced by a variety of conditions, in addition to inadequate intake. With a functional deficiency, a nutrient may be present, but it may not be properly activated, it may not be properly localized, or it may not have sufficient cofactors to function at a normal level of activity. Underlying reasons for a functional nutrient deficiency include inefficiencies or deficiencies in the following:

  • absorption by the gastrointestinal tract
  • transport to the appropriate tissue
  • transport through the cell membrane into the cell
  • intracellular activation storage
  • concentration or activity of cofactors

Other factors contributing to nutrient deficiencies include intracellular inhibitors that may be present, tissues that may have increased metabolic needs, or hyper-excretion, such as loss zinc through sweat during intense physical exercise.

Thus, a functional deficiency includes anything that may reduce the concentration or the efficacy of a nutrient. No matter what the underlying cause, the result will be a defect in the biochemical pathways that depend upon the optimal function of that nutrient. A deficient or defective pathway may operate at a sub-optimal level for many months or even years before a clinical symptom may become apparent.

Because micronutrient testing evaluates the function of a nutrient rather than just the concentration present in blood or tissue, the clinical consequences of any of the problems listed above will be more likely to be detected by SpectraCell's micronutrient testing than by conventional serum concentration measurements.

Read more about nutritional deficiency testing HERE

Topics: micronutrients, micronutrient testing, deficiency, intracellular