Micronutrients, as opposed to macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat), are comprised of vitamins and minerals which are required in small quantities to ensure normal metabolism, growth and physical well‐being.
Extracellular micronutrients have been well studied and deficiencies have correlated to multiple chronic diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Testing extracellular micronutrients also play a role in patient management for such chronic diseases.
Intracellular micronutrients have been studied scientifically and have long been considered a more sensitive tissue measure of micronutrient absorption. For example, vitamin C levels in lymphocytes have been found to be deficient in Type 2 diabetes patients as compared to plasma levels. RBC folate and magnesium are clinically more significant than whole blood measures of these nutrients. RBC omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid levels have been found to be markers of accelerated structural and cognitive aging.
This testing would be most beneficial if you:
A) Suffer from Chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, and/or arthritis.
Numbness/tingling in your hands or feet.
Weakened Immune system.
Digestive issues/disorders like celiac, wheat sensitivity, IBS, IBD, and SIBO.
B) Are experiencing Advanced aging.
Stress, feeling tired, or chronic fatigue.
C) Have a history of Long-term use of prescription medications.
D) Are Someone who is an Athletic competitor/exercise regularly.
Vegan or Vegetarian
Though it would seem obvious to boost the body’s nutrients with one of the many commercially available supplements, the human body is more complex than that. Plenty of evidence exists to show that micronutrient excess can also cause harm and long-term supplement intake can risk excessive levels.
Certain nutrients perform best in the presence of other nutrients. For example, the body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium.
Certain nutrients may perform counteractive functions. For example, beta-carotene and vitamin C enhance iron absorption, while calcium and polyphenols appear to reduce the absorption of iron.
Also, numerous factors can affect proper nutrient absorption:
Micro Nutrient Panel- Vibrant Wellness