What is Micronutrient Testing?
It is a blood test that will determine your nutritional status from the last 4-6 months, and gives the exact levels of your vitamins, minerals, antioxidants in your body. It tells us how the micronutrients are functioning in your body.
This allows your Registered Dietitian to prescribe a customized meal plan based on what we find your specific needs are. Nicole, your RD, will also give tailored supplement recommendations based on your results.
A vitamin, mineral, essential fatty acid, or antioxidant deficiency may be the root cause of your health concerns or symptoms!
“Results of a 2015 study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition suggest that a corollary of the current American obesity epidemic may be micronutrient deficiencies” – The Plate, National Geographic
“It has been hypothesized that the micronutrient deficiencies may be contributing to obesity and fat deposition and could lead to further weight gain or development of associated metabolic diseases.”
Women with adequate folate levels see an up to 50% reduction in anemia, and 25% reduced risk for spina bifida when the diet is adequately fortified. – Source
There are at least 4 micronutrient deficiencies that are linked to cognitive impairment: zinc, folate, iron, iodine, B12.
Improving nutritional status prior to pregnancy may help to prevent fatigue and post-partum depression post-pregnancy for the mother.
Healthy Aging and Reducing DNA Damage (Possible Cancer Prevention):
“Deficiencies of the vitamins B12, B6, C, E, folate, or niacin, or of iron or zinc mimic radiation in damaging DNA by causing single- and double-strand breaks, oxidative lesions, or both. The percentage of the population of the United States that has a low intake (<50% of the RDA) for each of these eight micronutrients ranges from 2% to 20+ percent.” – Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Sports and Performance:
Increased levels of exercise require more nutrients to support the body. Exercise also causes more stress on the body, and requires added nutrients to repair. Testing is a great way to make sure your sport or fitness doesn’t suffer!
These are only a few situations that would benefit from testing. Feel free to set up a phone consult with Nicole to see what is right for your goal: Schedule Here.
Specific Nutrients of Concern
I have listed three micronutrients below that most people run deficient in. By testing, we can work on prevention!
The latest re-examination of data from the 2001-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) reveals: ” A substantial proportion of the adult population (over 40%) had inadequate intakes of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, calcium, and magnesium.”
-Agarwal, Sanjiv, et al. “Comparison of Prevalence of Inadequate Nutrient Intake Based on Body Weight Status of Adults in the United States: An Analysis of NHANES 2001–2008.” Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked consistently to an increased risk for various chronic disease states:
- Muscle weakness
- Aches and pains in muscles and joints: “these patients may be misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia, dysthymia, degenerative joint disease, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and other diseases”(Sources: 10, 25, 28)
- Various cancers
- High blood pressure
Vitamin E acts as a protector and antioxidant in the body.
“Three national surveys—the 2001–2002 NHANES , NHANES III (1988–1994) , and the Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals (1994–1996) —have found that the diets of most Americans provide less than the RDA levels of vitamin E.”
- Deficiency is associated with neurological aka brain impairment
- Linked with Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline
- Increased risk for cardiovascular disease and cancer
- Eye disorders
Deficiency may cause:
- Muscle spasms, twitching, restless legs
- Poor sleep
- Anxiety, panic attckes, depression
- Headaches or migraines
- Tooth decay
- Those with heart disease and diabetes likely require more magnesium