Case 4: Balancing Micronutrients


Spectracell Laboratories specializes in determination of intracellular micronutrient metabolites, which impacts mitochondrial efficiency. The mitochondria (energy and protein formation within the nucleus of the cell) is the vital subcellular organelle that empowers your body to fight fatigue, regenerates antioxidants and maintains immune response.

Spectracell Laboratories uses an innovative technique to assay the intracellular content of your own lymphocytes. These are highly active metabolic cells, responsible for empowering your immune system. Using blood samples, your lymphocytes are grown using cell culture technique and then representative samples are placed in a special nutrient broth, which has labeled thymidine (a vital amino acid component of your DNA/RNA). This is incorporated into all the proteins that your cells make. This technique allows Spectracell to measure 31 vitamins, minerals, amino and fatty acids, that enable your body to produce enzymes, hormones, and other substances essential for proper growth, development, and optimal health.

Clinical applications include guiding nutritional repletion in patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurological disease such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, autism and other spectrum disorders, mood disorders, fatigue, osteoporosis, fertility issues, weight issues, sports performance optimization, and undergoing treatment for cancer.

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A 47-year-old nurse with complaints of fatigue, constipation, short term memory loss who has had a gastric sleeve procedure in 2018. She was not taking any supplements after her procedure because she thought she did not need it. Her previous medical history included auto immune hypothyroid disorder, and during her second pregnancy at 34 she was told she was prediabetic because her blood sugar levels were high. After her gastric sleeve procedure, she lost 81 lbs and thought that was all she had to do to stay healthy.
A representative page (Results at a Glance) shows this patient’s antioxidant capacity borderline status (Spectrox). Her total immune function (Immunidex) is within the normal range. The graph on the right side of the page shows that her immune function falls right on the normal level for her age.