History and Technology of SpectraCell's Micronutrient Test

In the 1980’s, Dr. William Shive, a biochemist and researcher in the field of nutrition at the University of Texas, Austin, realized that serum tests for many vitamins and minerals did not adequately reflect the biological efficacy or functionality of these nutrients within the body. Serum levels of nutrients were felt to inadequately reflect the true state of a person’s nutrition for the following reasons:

  1. Serum measurements are transient—they represent a snapshot rather than a history of nutrient intake.
  2. Serum measurements are heavily influenced by a patient’s recent nutrition—thus, a temporary change in diet prior to the test can present a skewed view of the patient’s normal nutrient intake.
  3. Serum levels may not reflect intracellular nutrient status. Patients may have biochemical differences with respect to the transport of different nutrients from their blood into their cells. For example, two patients may show similar serum measurements for folic acid, but may differ with respect to the capacity of their cells to take up folic acid. Thus, one patient would have a functional deficiency of folic acid that would not be revealed by serum measurements.

In an effort to overcome the above deficiencies inherent in serum determinations, Dr. Shive invented a test that could reveal the function of a specific accumulated nutrient within human cells. This comprehensive assay takes into account all of the factors affecting nutritional status: age, genetic and individual biochemistry, environmental and physical stressors, and the cumulative effect of diet over a longer period of time than just a few days. 

Our Methodology

  • “SpectraCell Micronutrient Test is a unique, scientifically-based nutrient evaluation of specific deficiencies that allows for targeted treatment. The detection of micronutrient deficiencies using this test offers a functional and biochemically unique approach to the prevention and treatment of many diseases in which the root cause originated with nutritional deficiency and subsequent downstream of cellular dysfunction and illness.”

    Mark Houston, M.D., M.S., SCH, ABAAM, FACP, FAHA Internal Medicine
  • “SpectraCell's micronutrient test allows me to diagnose specific functional deficiencies and subsequently compound supplements appropriate for the individual needs of my patients.”

    Michael O'Neal, Primary Care Team Physician Toronto Blue Jays – MLB
  • "As an interventional cardiologist and electrophysiologist dedicated to the advancement of cardiovascular health, I have come to appreciate the need for individualizing our approach to patient care. I have relied heavily upon SpectraCell's Micronutrient Test for the better part of the last decade. It gives me the ability to treat patients on a targeted and individualized level, thus eliminating the guesswork."

    Seth Baum, M.D. Cardiologist, VitalRemedy - Boca Raton, FL