Micronutrient Health Blog | SpectraCell Laboratories - February 2012

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Telomeres, Hormones and Aging

Guest blog by: Dr. Mike Carragher Telomere length gives us a unique view of how your cells are aging.  Knowing this can help you decide how aggressive your anti-aging program should be.Telomeres are sections of genetic material at the end of each chromosome whose primary function is to prevent chromosomal “fraying” when a cell replicates. Think of the plastic tip of shoelaces, protecting the shoelace.  Telomeres protect chromosomes in the same way.  As a cell ages, its telomere... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Monday, February 27, 2012

SpectraCell Introduces Immunidex™

Effectively immediately, SpectraCell Laboratories will include a personalized assessment of your body’s immune function on every micronutrient test it performs.  Called Immunidex™, this score tells a patient how well their immune system can respond to outside threats.  The Immunidex™, which is now automatically included on every micronutrient test report, is only available from SpectraCell and does not add to the price of the micronutrient test. Specifically, the I... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Nutritional Considerations of Women's Health

Are you ready to achieve optimal health and reduce your risk of chronic diseases? OSTEOPOROSISGood bone health is not as simple as getting enough calcium. In order to absorb calcium and reduce bone loss, proper vitamin D, K and C levels are crucial. Additionally, several vitamins and minerals are necessary for the prevention of osteoporosis as well as the painful bone disease, osteomalacia. Vitamin K is a major factor in building bone proteins while the amino acid carnitine can improve bone ... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Monday, February 13, 2012

Nutritional Considerations of Diabetes

UNDERSTANDING DIABETES According to the American Diabetes Association, type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. With this type of diabetes, cells do not receive enough insulin. As a result, cells starve for energy, and, over time, a glucose buildup in the blood stream causes negative effects on a person’s eyes, kidneys, nerves and/or heart. Today’s fast-paced society has led to quicker, higher carbohydrate alternatives as food sources. As a result, there is a greater threat of dev... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Monday, February 6, 2012

Nutritional Relationships of Hypothyroidism

Below is a list of nutrients which significantly affect Hypothyroidism: Glutathione - Hypothyroidism decreases efficacy of some antioxidants, such as glutathione peroxidase and superoxide dismutase B Vitamins - A deficiency in B6, B12 or B9 (folate) can cause elevated homocysteine, which is linked with hypothyroidism. Folic acid levels have been linked to levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). Vitamin C and E - Partially restores thyroid function when liver detoxification ability is co... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, February 1, 2012