I previously wrote about learning that I have a homozygous polymorphism (mutation) in my MTHFR C677T gene, and that I was going to a new doctor who wanted to have my blood tested to see which micronutrients were actually getting into my cells. Having this mutation, especially when it’s homozygous (inherited from both parents), often results in nutrient deficiencies, which can cause serious health issues.
SpectraCell Laboratories offers testing for 31 micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino and fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites) to learn about functional deficiencies within cells (it’s not just what you ingest, it’s what your cells actually absorb and utilize). The test reflects micronutrient status in your lymphocytes over a period of months, so it’s not reflective of what you ate right before the test. The test results also indicate your immune function, detox function, and carbohydrate metabolism.
Last week I got my SpectraCell results, and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. I was deficient in three micronutrients and borderline in five. I’ve been fairly conscious about what I consume. For years, I’ve been aware that food is medicine for me. It is for everyone, but not everyone knows it. Continue reading