Updated: Dec 9, 2022
One of the most foundational tests I suggest to clients to get done, is a micro nutrient panel. My current favorite is by Vibrant America, and covers 43+ Vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12, C, D, D3, E, K1, K2, Inositol); Minerals (Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Zinc, Manganese, Selenium, Copper, Iron, Chromium, Choline, Potassium, Sodium ), Anti Oxidants (CoQ10, Glutathione, ); Amino Acids ( Leucine, Iso-leucine, Valine; Glutamine, Serine, Asparagine, Carnitine, Citrulline, Cystine, and Arginine) and Fatty Acids (Omega 6's: Linoleic Acid, Arachadonic Acid; Omega 3's: EPA, DHA, DPA) as well as MMA, white cell counts, and some functional ratios. This test looks at the levels in our blood serum (which is an indicator of absorption from the GI tract for the last 5 days or so - does our GI tract absorb nutrition from our food and supplements?). Perhaps more importantly, it also shows intra-cellular levels of these same elements, once in the blood, do our transporter genes for each element succeed in getting them across cell membranes into the cell for use in cellular processes ? The latter is a marker for longer term nutritional/functional status - 3 to 4 months. It also helps inform which genes may be compromised because they don't have the fuel (co-factors) to function well, or which genes are being way up/down re-regulated and burning through co-factors resulting in nutritional deficiencies.