Should You Take Vitamins?

We Can Help You Find Out With Vitamin and Mineral Testing!

We are happy to offer our clients access to cutting edge laboratory services to help manage their health.  One of these is through SpectraCell Laboratories which evaluates 35 nutrients to access nutrient deficiencies.

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Testing includes:

VITAMINS
Vitamin A
Vitamin B1
Vitamin B2
Vitamin B3
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B12
Biotin
Folate
Pantothenate
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin K

MINERALS
Calcium
Magnesium
Manganese
Zinc
Copper

AMINO ACIDS
Asparagine
Glutamine
Serine

ANTIOXIDANTS
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Coenzyme Q10
Cysteine
Glutathione
Selenium
Vitamin E

SPECTROX
for Total
Antioxidant Function

IMMUNIDEX
Immune Response Score

CARBOHYDRATE METABOLISM
Chromium
Fructose Sensitivity
Glucose-Insulin Metabolism

FATTY ACIDS
Oleic Acid

METABOLITES
Choline
Inositol
Carnitine

View the Vitamin and Mineral Testing Sample Report here.

Process of getting your results:

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  1. Meet with your Registered Dietitian in order for them to review your medical history, family history, symptoms, and goals.  Your dietitian will be able to evaluate if this testing is a good option for you!
  2. Join us on our monthly blood draw to get the blood work taken.  We have a certified phlebotomist in our Greenbelt and Columbia offices monthly. Your dietitian can schedule you for this at your initial appointment.
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    SpectraCell Blood Draw in our Greenbelt and Columbia Offices

The test is not fasting.  However, if you are getting other lab work drawn at the same time the other testing may require fasting so check with your dietitian.

  1. The blood work will be sent out that day by our office.
  2. Results typically come back to us within 4 weeks, our office will alert you when we have received them in order to follow up for an appointment to discuss your results. You will be given multiple copies and we urge you to share with your doctors!

What’s next if you need to take supplements?

As nutrition professionals, we will always believe in food first.  The nutrients in food work together to bring us good health and it is impossible to achieve optimal nutrition with a SAD diet and pills. However, quality supplements that are carefully vetted and individualized, paired with proper testing to evaluate need and effectiveness, can be an important aspect of your nutritional care.

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Why Supplements

  • 85% of US population does not eat enough vegetables
  • Our food supply has lost 15-50% of the nutrients it had since the 1940’s
  • Medications can deplete your nutrient stores
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How to choose supplements

  • Is it tested by a 3rd party for purity, effectiveness, and safety?
  • Is it consistent from pill to pill?
  • Does it survive the digestion process?
  • Does it have an expiration date?
  • Does it have unnecessary additives?
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How to purchase supplements

Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists have done the work for you in researching reliable nutrition companies and receiving the training to properly assess and recommend supplements along with other nutrition recommendations.  If you have you have questions about supplements and if they’re right for you, contact us.

Remember: The most expensive supplement is one that doesn’t work!