Important Nutritional and Genetic Tests for Your Health

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Spectracell sampleNutritional and genetic tests can be very useful for determining whether you are getting optimal amounts of vitamins and minerals, and whether your body is able to properly absorb them. You can be deficient in micronutrients and not even know it. Studies have shown that 50% of patients taking a multivitamin are functionally deficient in one or more essential nutrients that are vital to long-term health. Scientific evidence also confirms such deficiencies are associated with disease processes and the overall condition of your health. Deficiencies suppress the function of the immune system and contribute to degenerative processes. So, anyone who is interested in feeling his or her best can benefit from these tests.

Determining your MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) genotype gives you valuable information about your body’s ability to methylate. Methylation is a crucial part of cell processes and reduced function has been linked to numerous medical conditions including neurological and cardiovascular disorders, mental dysfunctions and diabetes.  Methylation is necessary for turning genes on and off, processing chemicals and toxins, building neurotransmitters, processing hormones, building immune cells, synthesizing DNA/RNA, producing energy, and producing the protective coating on nerves. The MTHFR Test by SpectraCell provides critical information relating to the most common MTHFR mutations. Through Village Green, as long as you have health insurance (except Cigna),  this test is available for $35.

Because nutrition plays a substantial role in methylation pathways, it is recommended that you also do SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Test. SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Test measures 33 different vitamins, minerals and amino acids and provides you with a detailed interpretive guide so that you can understand your specific nutritional deficiencies. Recommendations are also provided for optimal nutrient forms and dosage levels. With health insurance (except Cigna), SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Test is currently $88 through Village Green, however the price will be going up to $125 after April 18.

For more information about SpectraCell testing contact Heather Gunn at 1-800-869-9159 ext 1019.

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