Vitamins, minerals and supplements (Nutritional Testing)

There is overwhelming evidence confirming that 50% of those taking vitamin supplements will remain deficient.

Vitamin deficiencies are associated with the disease process and the overall condition of your health. Vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies have been shown to suppress the function of the immune system which can contribute to degenerative processes such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease, and diabetes, to name a few.

For a variety of reasons, nutrition has played a relatively minor role in modern medicine. A primary focus remains to be treatment versus prevention of acute syndromes and diseases. Relatively recent arrival of functional medicine and emphasis on healthy and longer living, has contributed to the interest in nutritional testing and supplementation of specific deficiencies. There is an increasing interest in preventive and individual medicine, and the role nutrition can play in disease prevention and treatment. Clinicians and patients are increasingly looking for alternative approaches to conventional medicine, in order to illuminate complex interactions between diet, genetic background and disease risk. Some of the diseases linked to nutrient imbalances include:

  • arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders
  • Parkinson's disease
  • alcoholism
  • substance abuse
  • behavioral disorders
  • osteoporosis
  • stroke
  • multiple sclerosis
  • immune disorders
  • infectious diseases, including AIDS
  • diabetes
  • macular degeneration
  • cardiovascular disease
  • chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • cancer
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • Alzheimer's disease

Nutrient deficiencies are common and can be induced by a variety of conditions. With a functional deficiency, a nutrient can be present, but it may not be properly activated, localized, or it may lack sufficient cofactors to function. In fact 90% of people are deficient and 50% of those are already taking supplements. Additionally, many prescription medications can cause nutrient depletions. Simply taking a multivitamin may not be enough to meet one nutritional need.

One can be over supplementing with unnecessary vitamins, minerals or antioxidants. Too much can be harmful. Individual nutritional needs are varied. There are a large number of factors that can determine an individual's nutritional necessities and a large number of variable conditions can influence those factors. These factors can be modulated by:

  • differences in diet
  • taste preferences
  • digestive capability
  • nutrient absorption
  • nutrient transportation
  • storage and utilization capabilities
  • cultural food preferences
  • availability and cost of nutritious food
  • different nutritional needs during growth, aging, pregnancy, wound healing, recovery from an illness (increased metabolic need)
  • hyperexertion (i.e. loss of zinc through sweat during intense physical exercise)

Proper nutrition is individual nutrition. Some people will need more than a balanced diet or the occasional multivitamin to meet their nutritional needs.

Yet you, like many other people, may be deficient in some minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and/or other essential micronutrients and not even know it. These deficiencies can contribute to the disease process and keep you from performing at your best.

Currently available analysis, using your own cells, (resting lymphocytes or erythrocytes) measures levels of selected vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other essential micronutrients. An analysis of the function of these cells can reveal a persons functional nutritional status more precisely than conventional serum testing. The results obtained can uncover deficiencies that standard serum tests may miss. If not corrected, such deficiencies could impair your health by contributing to the development or progression of chronic disease.

Nutrient status is a vital foundation of health. Each micronutrient plays an individual and indispensable role in promoting optimal functioning of our cells. By identifying and correcting functional micronutrient deficiencies, you are taking an important step toward long-term maintenance of optimal health.

Many of you may think you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet, exercising and taking multi-vitamins. Yet, despite all of this, you may have certain deficiencies or even lack essential nutrients. Some identifiable reasons for this are:

Chronic Illness

Health conditions such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease or even fatigue, can directly or indirectly be affected by micronutrient deficiencies.

Biochemical Individuality

Each of us is metabolically and biochemically unique, therefore, the micronutrient requirements for one person may be quite different than the requirements for another.

Absorption

Although you may eat a well-balanced diet, if you do not absorb essential micronutrients, vitamins, minerals and/or other antioxidants properly, you may have deficiencies.

Lifestyle

Excessive physical activity, prescription drugs, smoking, alcohol and even sedentary habits all impact on micronutrient demands.

Aging

Our micronutrient requirements at age 30 are quite different from our requirements at age 40, 50 and beyond. With the information obtained from this test, specific deficiencies that may be negatively influencing your health may be corrected.

Available Tests

Vitamins:

  • D
  • E
  • B-1 (Thiamin)
  • B-2 (Riboflavin)
  • B-3 (Niacinamide)
  • B-5 (Pentothenate)
  • B-6 (Pyridoxine)
  • B-12 (Cobalamin)
  • Biotin
  • Folate

Amino Acids:

  • Asparagine
  • Carnitine
  • Glutamine
  • Serine

Minerals:

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Selenium
  • Zinc

Antioxidants:

  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Glutathione
  • Cysteine
  • Total Antioxidant Function

Carbohydrate Metabolism, Fatty Acids and Metabolites:

  • Lipoic Acid
  • Oleic Acid
  • Choline
  • Inositol
  • Fructose Intolerance
  • Glucose/Insulin Metabolism

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Marek Gawrysz, MD

Marek Gawrysz, MD

I earned my medical degree from the Medical Academy in Krakow (Collegium Medicum of the Jagiellonian University), Poland in 1978. My training requirements were fulfilled at the Medical Academy in Krakow, Poland, Swedish Covenant Hospital and Columbus-Cuneo-Cabrini Medical Center in Chicago. I am board certified and have dual fellowship (extra training) in Family Practice and Anti-aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine.

I am practicing medicine for 35 years.

I am also a recipient of 2012, 2011 and 2010 People's Choice, Most Compassionate Doctor 2011, and 2003 Physician of the Year awards.

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