Basic Nutrient Test
- Measures the level of 13 vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants essential to health
- Reveals micronutrient deficiencies and toxicities that contribute to chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer
- Evaluates intracellular mineral levels (instead of just serum measurement) like magnesium, calcium, selenium and zinc
- Provides clinically actionable information that enables clinicians to develop personalized dietary and supplementation protocol based on individual test results
Why You Need Basic Nutrient Testing
The Importance of Micronutrient Balance
Micronutrients are essential vitamins and minerals integral to growth, development, and good health. Each nutrient is responsible for specific physiological functions, which makes every nutrient
unique and irreplaceable.
Factors such as diet, age, lifestyle, genetics, and medical conditions affect an individual’s need for particular nutrients and the ability to absorb them as well.
The Impact of Basic Nutrient Testing
The Basic Nutrient Test enables balanced micronutrient intake through personalized nutritional management and safer vitamin- mineral supplementation. For instance, women who take calcium and vitamin D supplements for osteoporosis without prior nutrient testing end up with toxic levels of these nutrients.
One out of every three persons worldwide is affected by micronutrient deficiency.1 Inadequacy of certain nutrients results in deficiencies that contribute to chronic ailments such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and cancer.
A mineral that enhances bone health, aids in blood clotting, and helps muscle contraction. Low calcium levels can lead to hypertension, osteoporosis, and a higher risk of kidney stones.6
- Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D)
A fat-soluble vitamin responsible for increasing intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium and phosphate. It supports bone development and healthy immune and nervous system function. A deficiency of this vitamin may cause osteomalacia. 2
- Cobalamin (Vitamin B12)
Maintains the health of nerves, red blood cells, skin, hair, and nails. It also reduces levels of homocysteine that causes higher risks of cardiovascular disease. Cobalamin deficiency may result in memory loss, chronic fatigue, and depression.3
- Folate (Vitamin B9)
Crucial for proper brain function, and plays an important role in mental and emotional health. It aids in the production of DNA and RNA, and is especially important when cells and tissues are growing rapidly, such as in infancy, adolescence, and pregnancy. Folate also helps in muscle building, digestion, and normal nervous system function.
Involved in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It is essential to bone formation, healthy immune system, and maintenance of nerve and muscle function. Diabetes mellitus type 2, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease can stem from low levels of this nutrient.4
- Phylloquinone (Vitamin K)
Essential to blood coagulation and bone health. It is used to reduce the risk of bleeding in liver disease, conditions where the body does not absorb enough of the vitamin, or if antibiotics are taken for a long time. High levels are associated with greater bone density, while low levels were found in those with osteoporosis or osteoarthritis. Increasing evidence shows that postmenopausal women with vitamin K deficiency are more likely to develop osteoporosis.
An electrolyte that regulates acid-base and fluid balance. Low levels of potassium can result in high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.8
An essential trace mineral that is important for many bodily processes, including cognitive function, healthy immune system, and fertility in both men and women. It contributes to thyroid hormone metabolism and DNA synthesis, and it helps protect against oxidative damage and infection.5
Important to muscle and nerve function. It also helps sustain a regular blood pH level, which is an important indicator of health. Extra sodium causes the body to retain water, increasing blood volume and causing the heart difficulty to move blood and placing more pressure on the arteries. Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, as well as fluid buildup in people with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis or kidney disease.7
SPECIMEN: 20 ml. whole blood
RESULT TAT: 1 week
METHOD: LC-MS/MS, ICP-MS, HPLC,
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2 Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA). June 19, 2002. Vol. 287. No. 23
3 Shilling RF. Vitamin B12 deficiency: underdiagnosed and overtreated? Hosp Prac 19965; 7; 47
4 Thompson Janice L, Manore Melinda M, and Vaughan Linda A. The Science of Nutrition. 2nd Ed.
Benjamin Cummings. 2011.
5 Selenium: Health benefits, sources, and potential risks. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/287842.php
6 National Institute of Health (NIH), Office of Dietary Supplements. Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Calcium. Gov/Factsheets/Calcium-Health-Professional/
7 The advantages and disadvantages of sodium in nutrition. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/advantages-disadvantages-sodium-nutrition-5640.html
8 He FJ, MacGregor GA. Beneficial effects of potassium on human health. Physiol Plant. 2008; 133(4): 725-735