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Functional Nutritional Testing 

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Functional nutritional testing is a comprehensive approach to evaluating an individual's overall health and nutritional status by examining various markers and factors in their body. This type of testing goes beyond basic blood tests and focuses on assessing specific nutrient levels, metabolic processes, and genetic factors to identify any imbalances or deficiencies. It plays a crucial role in personalized healthcare and can help guide targeted interventions for improved well-being.

 

Key Components of Our Functional Nutritional Testing:

  1. Vitamin B12: This water-soluble vitamin is vital for energy production, nerve function, and red blood cell formation. Low B12 levels can lead to fatigue, neurological issues, and anemia. Functional testing helps determine B12 status, and supplementation may be recommended if deficiency is detected.

  2. Folate: Folate, also known as Vitamin B9, is essential for DNA synthesis and repair. It is crucial during pregnancy and for overall cellular health. Functional testing can assess folate levels, and supplementation may be advised if deficiency is present.

  3. Vitamin D: Often called the "sunshine vitamin," Vitamin D plays a critical role in bone health, immune function, and mood regulation. Functional testing helps gauge Vitamin D levels, and supplementation may be necessary if there's a deficiency, especially in regions with limited sunlight.

  4. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: These essential fats, particularly EPA and DHA found in fish oil, are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and support for heart and brain health. Functional tests can measure Omega-3 levels, and supplementation may be recommended for those with insufficient intake.

  5. Zinc: This is a trace mineral necessary for immune function, wound healing, and DNA synthesis. Functional testing evaluates zinc status, and supplementation may be suggested if deficiency is detected, especially in vegetarians or those with certain medical conditions.

  6. Copper: This mineral is involved in various enzymatic processes, including the formation of connective tissues and red blood cells. Functional testing helps assess copper levels, and supplementation may be advised if there's an imbalance.

  7. Magnesium: This mineral is essential for muscle and nerve function, bone health, and energy production. Functional testing can identify magnesium status, and supplementation may be considered for those with deficiencies or specific health concerns.

  8. Selenium: Selenium is an antioxidant mineral that supports the immune system and thyroid function. Functional testing can determine selenium levels, and supplementation may be recommended for individuals with deficiencies or certain health conditions.

 

Why Choose Functional Nutritional Testing with Our Psychiatrist:

Nutraceutical therapy, guided by the results of functional nutritional testing, involves the targeted use of dietary supplements or nutraceuticals to address specific nutrient deficiencies or imbalances. These interventions are personalized to an individual's unique needs, aiming to optimize their nutritional status and overall health. Nutraceuticals may include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, or other bioactive compounds.

Functional nutritional testing and nutraceutical therapy are valuable tools in integrative and functional medicine, helping individuals achieve better health outcomes by addressing underlying nutritional issues. These approaches emphasize the importance of individualized care and evidence-based interventions to support overall well-being.

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