Micronutrient Testing and Treatment
Want to get a deeper understanding of how your body works and gain valuable insight into what you can do to directly impact your overall health? Micronutrient testing can help. This in-depth analysis is gaining popularity as a way for doctors and health professionals to provide patients with more personalized care and treatment plans.
At Aspire Regenerative, we’re proud to offer micronutrient testing in San Diego to patients with a range of health concerns, as well as those who are healthy but seeking a better understanding of their unique chemical makeup. In this article, we’ll take a deeper look at the benefits of micronutrient testing and how it can help you.
What Is Micronutrient Testing?
Micronutrient testing analyzes the function of an array of micronutrients within a patient’s lymphocytes (white blood cells). By analyzing the levels of micronutrients in these white blood cells, doctors are able to effectively assess if a patient has a mineral, antioxidant, amino acid, or vitamin deficiency.
Why Is Micronutrient Testing Important?
For the most part, the human body cannot produce micronutrients on its own. These vitamins and minerals, sometimes referred to as “essential nutrients”, must be obtained through food sources and each person’s diet and ability to absorb these nutrients varies.
Micronutrient testing can help doctors get an in-depth look at a patient’s individual deficiencies. This is important because most people have some sort of micronutrient deficiency and their body isn’t getting enough of the key micronutrients that help prevent and fight certain diseases. You may recall tales of pirates and sailors suffering from scurvy, a condition caused by a Vitamin C deficiency that causes skin lesions and bleeding gums.
While you’re probably not worried about getting scurvy, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 93% of the American population does not meet the estimated average requirement for vitamin E alone. You might be familiar with Vitamin E’s anti-aging and skin healing properties, but what you probably don’t know is that studies have shown Vitamin E might also be able to prevent or delay the onset of coronary heart disease.
These are just two vitamins that directly correlate to serious disorders, and micronutrient testing analyzes the levels of more than 30 different vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids.
How Are Micronutrients Different from Macronutrients?
The basic difference between macronutrients and micronutrients is how much of them the body needs to maintain healthy function. Macronutrients include proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, and the body requires a higher quantity of these than micronutrients.
While the body may require less micronutrients to survive, they still play a vital role in the body’s essential processes, including immune function, growth, and brain development. A sufficient supply of micronutrients also helps the body to digest macronutrients.
What Are the Benefits of Micronutrient Testing?
There are many benefits of micronutrient testing. This analysis can provide valuable insight to currently healthy people, those suffering from chronic or acute conditions, and also give doctors the ability to increase their patients’ healthspan.
Based on your micronutrient blood test results, your doctor will be able to make informed recommendations regarding dietary changes that may benefit you, medications that you may want to avoid, and in some cases supplements you should take. In addition, patients who have a family history of certain diseases (such as Alzheimer’s disease) can make sure they are getting an adequate supply of the particular micronutrients that have been found to prevent the onset of that disease.
What Is the Micronutrient Testing Process Like?
The micronutrient blood test is fairly straightforward. Your doctor or clinician will draw blood from your arm (about 2-3 vials) which will be sent off to a lab to be analyzed. A few days later, your doctor will meet with you to go over your results and develop a personalized treatment plan based on this valuable information.Interested in learning more about micronutrient testing in San Diego? Book a consultation at Aspire Regenerative today! Our clinicians will be happy to answer your questions and develop a personalized care plan to help you reach your wellness and health goals.