By Alane Archer, ND, CNC
I remember back in the 1990s. I had started working in a rather busy vitamin store. Saturdays customer traffic alone kept me working non – stop from 9-5. No breaks were allowed. One thing I learned is that people will buy the latest vitamin craze they hear about in hopes of that miracle healing they so desperately need. That always troubled me and made me question what people really needed and is the same “miracle” pill going to help everyone? Or just a few?
When I left the busy vitamin store to study nutrition, I started to understand that everyone is different with very different nutrient and vitamin needs. What is right for one person is not necessarily best for another. I had to figure out a way for people to know for sure what they need, without wasting a penny of their money. What I found was this fantastic test called a Micronutrient Panel. It actually tests your levels of each vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, some amino acids and more. It is a much more thorough understanding of your vitamin needs than traditional lab tests. This is an intracellular and extracellular test which means it tells you what vitamins are working inside your body and which ones you are deficient in.
Basically, it helps people stop wasting money on vitamins they do not need. Plus it helps people know what foods (which contain those vitamins) they need to increase. For example, if all of your B vitamins are low, a bio-available B complex may be beneficial. But what if only your folate and B12 are low and the rest of your B vitamins are high? You would not need a B complex, you just need folate and B12. Another example is if your total antioxidant score is LOW, that is not good. But the good part is this test will tell you exactly which antioxidants you are low in. No guessing games and no wasting money on the wrong antioxidant vitamins.
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Medical disclaimer: Our tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.