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Why Do Omega-3 Fatty Acids Affect So Many Functions In Our Body?

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Fri, May 06, 2011 @ 03:16 PM

Omega 3 Fatty AcidsThe answer is simple: cell membrane flexibility.  Every cell has a cell membrane.  When this cell membrane is rigid, it does not work well.  When it is flexible, the chemicals that run our bodies - hormones, proteins, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, fats, etc - can move in and out of cells efficiently as needed, thus making the cells healthier, since the materials they need to function well are available.  When the cells work well, the tissues that are made of cells work well.  When tissues work well, the whole system works well and ultimately leads to overall improved health of the entire person.

For example, when there are enough omega-3 fatty acids available through either diet or supplementation, they will be absorbed into cells in the heart, making their cell membranes flexible, but strong.  Consequently, the heart and arteries are stronger and therefore the entire cardiovascular system benefits.  In fact, in the same way that omega-3 fats make cell membranes more flexible, the dangerous trans fats do the exact opposite - they are absorbed into the cell membranes making them stiff and unable to do their job.  Just as stiff joints or stiff arteries are unhealthy, so are inflexible cell membranes.  And since cell membranes are an integral part of every tissue in the body, the level of omega-3 fatty acids a person has can affect just about everything (see below).

Omega 3 Benefits Here

SpectraCell's HS-Omega-3 Index® measures the amount of two very important omega-3 fatty acids - EPA and DHA - in a person's red blood cells.

Topics: SpectraCell, HS-Omega-3 Index, Omega 3 Fatty Acid, Cardiovascular Health, Heart Disease, health, DHA, Omega 3s, EPA, Women's Health

How SpectraCell's Micronutrient Testing Cured My Eczema and Migraines

Posted by Nichole Herms on Mon, Sep 20, 2010 @ 04:38 PM

Mother of ThreeI am a 37 year old, happily married mother of three.  After the birth of my second son in 2007, I started having excruciating migraines every month. At the same time I developed horrible eczema around my eyes.  Wanting to give traditional medicine a try, I went to a dermatologist who, after barely making eye contact, gave me a prescription for a cortisone cream to use around my eyes.  But I knew this was merely treating the symptom and that the real problem was that somehow my body was "out-of-balance."

Before the birth of my 2nd son, I had no nutritional deficiencies per SpectraCell's micronutrient test (which I've had prior to each of my pregancies), but upon retesting after he was born, I learned I was deficient in zinc, which is very commonly seen in patients with skin problems.   Within a couple of  weeks of targeted supplementation, my eczema began to quickly disappear.  Within a month, it was gone. I had one migraine a couple weeks after begining to replete my zinc levels and that was the last one I've had -ever. 

It's been over 2 years now.  The eczmea has never re-remerged.  I've not had a single migraine for almost 2 years now.  I followed up with SpectraCell's micronutrient testing to verify that my zinc deficiency had been corrected.  Once repleted, my zinc levels have remained normal.  I still have the testing done twice per year on myself as well as my husband. 

This makes me wonder: how many people start having new health issues after a major physical event such as pregnancy, illness, surgery, etc?

Topics: Migraines, pregnancy, skin disorder, eczema, Women's Health

A SUCCESSFUL Case Study Involving Infertility and Nutritional Status

Posted by Heather Vorce on Mon, Jul 19, 2010 @ 12:36 PM

woman, health infertilityA 25 year old white female was dealing with prolonged infertility issues. She was also previously treated for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

Case Summary:
In September 2003, this patient was very interested in becoming pregnant. She utilized Basal Body Temperature charting with adjunctive use of the LH ovulation kit. She and her husband were counseled on focused sex for five days before and three days after ovulation. After more than a year and a half of unsuccessful attempts at pregnancy, her physician recommended SpectraCell’s micronutrient testing. Almost two years later, her results returned gross deficiencies of:

  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
  • Zinc
  • Serine
  • Glutamine
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Glucose-Insulin interaction (consistent with insulin resistence frequently found in PCOS).
Her Antioxidant Function was remarkably low at 38.1% demonstrating increased potential for oxidative damage. All of the abnormalities were present despite her taking excellent prenatal vitamins, fish oil, chromium and NAC.

Based upon her deficiencies found with SpectraCell’s micronutrient testing, she was recommended adequate replacement for each of the deficiencies.

child, health, infertilityClinical Outcome:
She and her husband subsequently became pregnant very quickly (within a month) and attended her first obstetrics appointment. She delivered a 8lb. 7oz. viable baby boy at 38 and a half weeks by vaginal delivery.

As a result of performing SpectraCell’s micronutrient testing, the physician was able to identify key nutritional deficiencies in their patient which occurred despite the patient following a good diet and taking good prenatal vitamins and other nutritional supplements.

The physician was also able to safely supplement her during her pregnancy which helped facilitate optimal growth and development of an extremely healthy and happy baby.

Infertility, fertility, children, women's healthApproximatley 85% of women will become pregnant within one year of trying. This young lady had been unsuccessful for 21 months. If she had not become pregnant, she probably would have used fertility treatments, as do many women with PCOS. This patient is forever grateful for the existence and utilization of SpectraCell’s micronutrient testing.


If you or someone you know has had trouble conceiving, what have they tried?  Have the been successful?

Topics: SpectraCell, Nutrition, Fertility, infertility, Women's Health