Micronutrient Health Blog | SpectraCell Laboratories - April 2013

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Fertility Awareness Week - SpectraCell Female Fertility Chart

Folate - Protects genes during rapid cell division which increases likelihood of a healthy embryo (via methylation of DNA); Deficiency raises homocysteine which damages reproductive cells. Vitamin B6  & B12 - Both are needed to convert toxic homocysteine to a benign form; Low homocysteine levels linked to a better chance of pregnancy. Vitamin C - Increases serum progesterone levels; Induces ovulation in some women; Enhances effect of the fertility drug clomiphene. Vitamin D - Higher ... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Studies Show How Micronutrients can Help

Vitamin D protects telomeres: a randomized, controlled trial Telomerase activity was measured before and after 37 people were given either placebo or about 2000IU of oral vitamin D supplements per day for 16 weeks.  Serum vitamin D levels for those taking the supplement increased almost 200%.  The telomerase activity increased over 19% as well, while the telomerase activity of those on placebo did not change. (International Journal of Obesity, June 2012) LINK to ABSTRACT Increased ... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Nutrient Correlation Chart on Testosterone

Folate Deficiency reduces circulating testosterone; Evidence suggests testosterone may regulate folate metabolism.1,2,3 Vitamin B6 Regulates sex hormones; Vitamin B6 reduces prolactin which stimulates hypothalamus to increase testosterone; B6 also a cofactor for dopamine synthesis which influences testosterone levels.4,5,6,7 Vitamin D Actually a hormone, vitamin D regulates the synthesis of testosterone; Supplementation can significantly increase total, free and bioactive testosterone levels.... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, April 3, 2013