The Crucial Role of Micronutrients In Your Body

Micronutrients play an important role in energy production, hemoglobin synthesis, maintenance of bone health, adequate immune function, and protection of the body against oxidative stress and cellular damage.

Micronutrients include vitamins, minerals, co-factors, amino acids, metabolites, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. These nutrients are found in small amounts in foods and are essential for human health.

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Individuals who have the following symptoms, diagnoses, or risk factors should consider testing their extra- and intracellular micronutrient status:
  • Advanced age
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Arthritis
  • Skin problems
  • Numbness or tingling in extremities
  • Weakened immune system
  • Digestive disorders with malabsorption (Celiac,
  • Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis)
  • SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)
  • Long-term use of prescription medication
  • A diet high in processed foods
  • Obesity
  • Intense athletic training
  • Following a vegan or vegetarian diet
  • Neurological symptoms (impaired memory, confusion, ataxia, loss of balance, tremors)
  • Stubborn weight gain
  • Sudden unexplained weight loss
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Digestive abnormalities: diarrhea, constipation, excessive bloating

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Our nutrient testing provides the following in-depth assessment of an individual’s extra- and intracellular levels of these micronutrients:
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D3
  • Vitamin D, 25-OH
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K1
  • Vitamin K2
  • Folate
  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • CoQ10
  • Cysteine
  • Selenium
  • Glutamine
  • Serine
  • Citrulline
  • Arginine
  • Choline
  • Inositol
  • Carnitine
  • Methylmalonic acid (MMA)
  • Calcium
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Chromium
  • Iron
  • Leucine
  • Valine
  • Isoleucine
  • RBC Omega fatty acids (n3 and n6)

Nutrients and the Athlete

Because micronutrient status directly impacts performance and energy production, athletes benefit from regular monitoring of micronutrient status to optimize competitive advantage during training and events.
  • energy production
  • hemoglobin synthesis (for optimal oxygen levels)
  • maintenance of bone health
  • adequate immune function
  • protection of body against oxidative damage
  • recovery and muscle growth after strenuous training and injuries
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Exercise stresses many of the metabolic pathways where micronutrients are required, and intense physical training may result in muscle biochemical adaptations that increase micronutrient needs. Routine exercise may also increase the turnover and loss of these micronutrients from the body. As a result, greater intakes of micronutrients may be required to cover increased needs for building, repair, and maintenance of lean body mass in athletes.
  • restrict energy intake (calories) long-term
  • have severe weight-loss practices
  • eliminate one or more food groups from their diet
  • consume unbalanced and low micronutrient-dense diets
These athletes may benefit from a nutrient test to assess micronutrient balance and deficiencies.