Micronutrient Health Blog | SpectraCell Laboratories - October 2010

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance Provider Update...

Recently, many regional Blue Cross Blue Shield plans had implemented various restrictions, delayed payments, reduced coverages and made burdensome requests for additional documentation for our nutritional testing.We are pleased to announce that we have successfully resolved the various coverage and reimbursement issues, and we can once again extend our "Preferred Payment" option for micronutrient testing to Blue Cross Blue Shield patients in most states. Due to policy restrictions, patients ... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Monday, October 25, 2010

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Depression

What Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids? Omega 3 fatty acids are nutrients absolutely necessary for human health. Since our bodies cannot synthesize omega 3 fatty acids, it is essential that we obtain them from our diets, hence they are commonly called essential fatty acids. The most common source of omega 3 fats is coldwater fatty fish such as salmon, but other sources include seafood, nuts, eggs and fish oil supplements. There are two major omega 3 fatty acids – DHA and EPA – that have gained consider... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Special 2010 Promotion from SpectraCell

SpectraCell's Preferred Payment Options offer an upfront co-pay with no remaining balance due from the patient. In addition, we are pleased to offer additional promotional options (valid through December 31, 2010). Pricing applies to all Preferred Pay Patients with private insurance coverage. Preferred Patient Options: Advanced Nutritional & Telomere Testing - $300* Comprehensive Nutritional Panel - identifies functional cellular deficiencies of 33 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and ant... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Monday, October 11, 2010

Intracellular Function of Essential Nutrients

Nutrient deficiencies may be induced by a variety of conditions, in addition to inadequate intake. With a functional deficiency, a nutrient may be present, but it may not be properly activated, it may not be properly localized, or it may not have sufficient cofactors to function at a normal level of activity. Underlying reasons for a functional nutrient deficiency include inefficiencies or deficiencies in the following: absorption by the gastrointestinal tract transport to the appropriate ti... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Thursday, October 7, 2010