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Study Links This Mineral Deficiency with Worse COVID Outcomes

  Since the virus that causes COVID is so new, relatively speaking, prospective studies on the link between nutrients and COVID outcomes are limited.  In this rare prospective study on COVID patients that were hospitalized, researchers found that over half of the patients were zinc deficient, and those with lower zinc tended to have worse outcomes. A prospective study is one in which two groups of patients are monitored over time for a certain outcome and some variable (zinc ... Read More
at Friday, April 30, 2021

Micronutrient Status Gaining Attention in Post-Pandemic World

Now more than ever, Americans are taking a closer look at the health of their immune system.  Micronutrients – the vitamins, minerals, and molecules that regulate everything in biology – which are needed to launch a massive attack against the COVID virus are the same micronutrients needed to calm the storm once the threat subsides.  Assessing micronutrient status is a key step in staying healthy during this pandemic. A research paper from the medical journal Clinical Im... Read More
at Monday, March 29, 2021

T-Cells Trump Antibodies for Long-Term Immunity to the COVID Virus

In fact, people who get mild cases of COVID often don’t even have enough antibodies in their bloodstream to be detected by lab tests, yet they have long-lasting immunity to the virus.  The reason: Their T-cells – which are a type of white blood cell called T-lymphocytes – carry a much more detailed and complete memory of the shape of the virus compared to antibodies.  A recent study from Sweden, which has experienced more open spread of COVID-19 than other Europea... Read More
at Monday, March 29, 2021

Severe COVID Patients Have Very Low Levels of This Immune Cell

This novel discovery may partially explain the severity of symptoms in some people.  In an early study out of Wuhan, China on patients that were hospitalized with COVID, severe cases tended to have very low levels of T-lymphocytes, which are specialized white blood cells that protect against infections.  This decrease of T-lymphocytes (also called T-cells) correlated with in-hospital death and severity of illness. Low T-cell count was also seen in patients with previousl... Read More
at Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Should COVID Vaccines Engage T-Cells?

  Leading immunology researchers suggest the answer is YES. In the case of existing COVID vaccines, immunity comes from B-cells, which are immune cells that produce antibodies.  But there is another arm to our immune system – the underrated T-cell – that that is too often overlooked in vaccine development, according to recent research.  Evidence suggests T-cell immunity may confer longer lasting protection and may explain why some people fare better when infected w... Read More
at Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Do T-Cells Hold the Key to Long Lasting Immunity from COVID?

  In patients who have confirmed COVID infections, many don’t have detectable levels of antibodies in their blood, yet these same patients do have T-cells with receptor memory specific to the COVID virus.    T-cells may hold the key to long lasting immunity against this virus. As antibodies wane over time, research suggests T-cells confer longer lasting protection from COVID and its variants. Although antibody immunity has received the bulk of attention in COVID cove... Read More
at Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Serum vs Intracellular Nutritional Testing: The Difference Matters

  What is serum testing? A serum test is simply a laboratory test that detects something in the liquid (which would essentially be the plasma) part of blood, as opposed to a laboratory test that detects something in the solid part (which would be the red and white blood cells) of the blood. Since blood is made of both cells and plasma, the term “blood test” is not very specific, as it could refer to either. However, the term “serum test” is specific – it ... Read More
at Monday, January 11, 2021

Your Amazing Immune System: Understanding Your Body's Best Defense

Our immune systems - exquisitely designed, flexible, uber-intelligent – and totally underrated.  The immune system is so complicated and only seems to get attention when it is compromised.  So, in an effort to give credit where credit is due, here’s a nod to the system of cells, molecules, and organs that fight off the bad stuff like viruses and bacteria to which we are subjected every day – the AMAZING IMMUNE SYSTEM. Other systems have gotten our attention&n... Read More
at Wednesday, November 18, 2020

How SpectraCell's Micronutrient Test is Changing the Game

The one-size-fits-all approach to health is outdated. So too is having to estimate nutrient adequacy, thanks to SpectraCell’s lab test. Our proprietary technology takes the guesswork out by offering a comprehensive intracellular micronutrient evaluation you won't find anywhere else. SpectraCell ALONE offers the technology that provides information about your personal micronutrient profile. It is NOT based on: Algorithms Assumptions Estimates Food diaries or food recalls So ... Read More
at Tuesday, September 1, 2020