What Does the SpectraCell Analysis Test Measure?
The SpectraCell Analysis Test assesses the function of a range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other micronutrients in your blood cells. The SpectraCell test is currently the gold standard in evaluating nutritional status, and this technology is known as Functional Intracellular Analysis, or FIA™.
Why is the SpectraCell Test Important?
This preventive, diagnostic test is important because nutrient status is a very important component of your health. Every micronutrient plays an important role in optimal functioning of your cells. The SpectraCell Analysis Test will identify any micronutrient deficiencies you may have; correcting such deficiencies is essential in maintaining optimal health. This test, therefore, allows clinicians to develop appropriate interventions for patients wanting to maintain optimal health.
What Influences My Micronutrient Requirements?
There are many things influencing each individual’s micronutrient requirements. These include the following: biochemical individuality, absorption, chronic conditions, age, and lifestyle. Even people with healthy habits can have micronutrient deficiencies.
Who Benefits from This Test?
Everybody. You may be deficient in a micronutrient and not even know about it. Nearly 50% of patients taking a multivitamin are functionally deficiency in at least one essential nutrient that is vital to long-term health.
How Does the Test Work?
You will have your blood drawn (no need for fasting) and sent to the SpectraCell laboratory in California. The lymphocyte cells are isolated from the blood sample, grown in patented culture media, and stimulated to grow in a control media that has optimal amounts of specific micronutrients. As each micronutrient is removed from the culture media, your lymphocytes must use their own internal mechanisms (storage reserves or metabolic processes) to grow. If the cells grow in the absence of the micronutrient in the culture media, you are not deficient in that micronutrient. However, if the cells do not grow optimally, you are deficient in that micronutrient.
What Specific Micronutrients Does This Test Measure?
Vitamins: D, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Biotin, Folate, Pantothenate
Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Selenium, Zinc
Antioxidants: Coenzyme Q10, Glutathione, Cysteine, Total Antioxidant Function
Amino Acids: Asparagine, Carnitine, Glutamine, Serine
Please note: SpectraCell no longer accepts or submits claims for commercial or private health insurance.