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When it comes to micronutrient name recognition, vitamins and minerals typically get the spotlight (think vitamin C, vitamin D, Magnesium). Less well known are antioxidants, the superstars when it comes to protection from oxidative stress and free radicals. Lipoic acid (AKA thioctic acid) is one such nutrient. This particular substance is unique in that it has antioxidant properties in both water and lipids (most antioxidants protect only one, but not the other). Its unique chemical structure... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Friday, January 20, 2017

Micronutrients Can Help!

Topics discussed in this issue...                                             Research suggests nutrient depletions from commonly prescribed drugs are actually the cause of many side effects Study sheds light on how oleic acid improves immunity Serine for arthritis? CoQ10 shows ... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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

The Role of Micronutrients in Cognitive Function

ALPHA LIPOIC ACID – This nutrient protects against the neuronal injury that occurs in the presence of toxic proteins found in brain tissue of Alzheimer’s patients. Research clearly indicates that lipoic acid is a potent neuroprotective antioxidant which strengthens memory and stimulates nerve growth. B VITAMINS – Folate, Vitamin B6 and B12 are important in methylation processes. Deficiencies in one of these vitamins can raise homocysteine levels which is linked to increased Alzheimer’s risk. ... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Friday, August 5, 2011

Turn on Your Metabolism with Micronutrient Testing

Guest Blog by Arland Hill, DC, MPH, DACBN Did you know that nutrient testing can help you zero in on some of the possible reasons that your metabolism may not be functioning optimally?  Nutrient deficiencies act as blockades to normal metabolic function.  The systems and pathways dependent on those nutrients which are found to be deficient are not able to function at an ideal rate.  As such the potential for symptoms such as increased weight gain, difficulty gaining muscle and ... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, June 1, 2011

'Nutrient Deficiencies Say More than Just the Absence of a Nutrient' by Dr. Arland Hill

  Micronutrient testing can be a real asset to the practicing clinician trying to help restore basic metabolic needs of their patients.  After all, nutrients power the various metabolic processes.  Without their availability, metabolic function is slowed or in some cases even brought to a stand still depending on the level of the nutrient deficiency.  Research has shown that over time, lack of nutrients can be lead to dysfunction and ultimately disease states.  Someti... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Thursday, May 12, 2011

SpectraCell Partners with Gluten Free Works

SpectraCell has recently partnered with Gluten Free Works who is “Helping people get well, look good and stay healthy living gluten free.” ™Gluten Free Works® helps you understand your food, your diet and your digestion. They show you what causes health problems and how to treat them naturally. One of the tools that they suggest is nutritional testing.  They believe that the key to good health for those with gluten sensitivity and/or celiac disease is a gluten-free ... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Role of Micronutrients in Heart Disease

    There is compelling evidence that deficiencies in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are a major contributor to cardiovascular disease and its symptoms. Similarly, the use of many drugs in treating heart disease often lead to various nutrient deficiencies. Micronutrients and High Blood Pressure: High blood pressure can result in physical damage to the walls of our blood vessels. Although the causes of hypertension often overlap, micronutrient deficiencies can cause or worsen t... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Friday, February 11, 2011