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Are YOU Biotin deficient?

Biotin is a coenzyme and is also known as vitamin H. As a supplement, biotin is sometimes used for diabetes, brittle nails, and other conditions. Biotin is a coenzyme and a B vitamin and is also known as vitamin H. As a supplement, biotin is sometimes used for diabetes, brittle nails, and other conditions. Function: Biotin is required for proper metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.  Biotin-dependent enzymes catalyze the addition of carboxyl groups (COO-) from bicarbonate, for use... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Are you deficient in vitamin B3(Niacinamide)?

Vitamin B3 , also known as Niacin , is a water soluble vitamin. It is not stored in the body, so we need to consume it daily. We need niacin for proper digestive function. Vitamin B3(Niacinamide) is needed to metabolize food into energy.  Niacinamide is converted into the coenzymes nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) and NADP, which function in oxidation-reduction reactions essential for release of energy from carbohydrates, fats and proteins.  Niacin can also be synthesized... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, August 21, 2013

How important IS vitamin B1(Thiamin)?

Vitamin B1 (thiamin) is a water-soluble vitamin of the 8 B complex vitamins. All B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy. The B vitamins, also help the body metabolize fats and protein. B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly, and are needed for good brain function. Vitamin B1(Thiamin) is used by cells to help make energy from... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, August 7, 2013

SpectraCell's Nutritional Correlation Chart on Diabetes

Micronutrients such as niacin, magnesium, calcium, zinc, carnitine, inositol, alpha-lipoic acid, as well as vitamins E, B6 and D all play an important role in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. Though diabetes is a serious disease - with the right treatment - living a longer, healthier life can be made easier. THE ROLE OF MICRONUTRIENTS IN DIABETIC HEALTH Vitamin E - Confers protection against diabetes by protecting pancreatic B-cells from ... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Monday, December 3, 2012

A New Twist on a Common Supplement: Using Omega 3’s to Lower Homocysteine

Guest Blog by: Dr. Arland Hill (D.C.) Homocysteine continues to gain acceptance as a risk factor in a number of conditions.  Once thought to be associated with mostly cardiovascular disease, homocysteine is now recognized as a contributor to numerous states of dysfunction, including arthritis, cognitive decline, osteoporosis and many more.  Given the vast reaching effects of homocysteine, having an ideal treatment protocol in place to address elevations seems necessary, if... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Can Nutrient Deficiencies Provide Insight into the Health of a Neuron and Your Brain?

Guest Blog by: Dr. Arland Hill (D.C.) Most of us are familiar with the saying use it or lose it.  Many times when individuals say this, they are likely referring to muscle tissue.  However, this saying is equally valid regarding the health of the brain and nervous tissue.  Since the brain has impact on every system in the body, keeping it healthy is of the utmost importance.  Doing so takes 3 key ingredients; energy, fats, and stimulation. While most probably... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Monday, January 9, 2012

Vitamin Mystery Solved at Seattle’s Vitality Medical Clinic

Guest Blog by: Vitality MediSpa and Medical Clinic How do you choose your vitamins? From unknown manufacturing processes to mystifying ingredients, trumped up labeling claims, and sponsored research studies, there are few topics quite as confusing as vitamin and mineral supplementation. Yet most Americans purchase vitamins and supplements one of two ways: either buying them in bulk at a local discount warehouse, or choosing the one with the best-sounding label off the pharmacy... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Wednesday, November 16, 2011

SpectraCell Addresses Recent Headlines Regarding Vitamin Supplements

Headlines on the possible risks of vitamin and mineral supplements have bombarded mainstream media recently, and sparked controversy over whether doctors should recommend supplements to their patients. SpectraCell’s micronutrient testing quashes these concerns. For the past 18 years, our testing indicates that over 90% of patients have functional micronutrient deficiencies, which compromise immune function and cause disease. Testing nutritional status allows an appropriate, individualized... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Role of Micronutrients in Breast Health

Start with the right building blocks... Prevention is not simply earlier diagnosis. True prevention starts with your body's foundation - micronutrients. The role of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in cancer prevention are many - repairing cellular damage in breast tissue, preventing genetic mutations, killing pre-cancerous cells before they multiply and maintaining healthy hormonal balance. Evaluating micronutrient status on the cellular level is where true prevention occurs. ... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Monday, October 10, 2011

CASE STUDY: Female with Fibromyalgia

Patient was initially seen in January of 2006. She had been diagnosed five years prior with fibromyalgia by her rheumatologist after ruling out other rheumatologic and autoimmune diagnoses. At that time, she was prescribed dulaxetine and gabapentin. Her pain was described as “constant” and “often intense”, limiting her daily activities. She has a history of poor sleep habits and constantly feeling unrefreshed in the morning. Otherwise, osteoporosis and depression were... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Tuesday, August 9, 2011