SpectraCell at Vedas
Vedas’ SpectraCell testing helps us diagnose and detect deficiency and disease early, helping to guide your treatment options. SpectraCell checks on many of the functional components of total health, including micronutrient status, cardiovascular health, metabolic risk, inflammation, genetic predisposition, and hormone health. We will optimize your treatment for your health, using SpectraCell’s ability to monitor the effects of treatment over time. Personalized healthcare is the way to achieve optimal and balanced wellness, prevent chronic diseases, and manage the aging process. Take charge of your health!
SpectraCell’s Intracellular Micronutrient Testing measures functional deficiencies at the cellular level, and assesses how well the body uses 33 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites. These micronutrients enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones, and other substances essential for proper growth, development, and good health. This test provides the basis of your personalized, functional treatment in addressing a broad variety of clinical conditions including arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular risk, diabetes, various immunological disorders, metabolic disorders, and micronutrient deficiencies. Vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant deficiencies have been shown to affect the function of the immune system, deficiencies that can contribute to degenerative processes such as arthritis.
- Oleic Acid
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Coenzyme Q10
- Vitamin E
- Fructose Sensitivity
- Glucose-Insulin Metabolism
- for Total Antioxidant Function
- Immune Response Score
Hormone and Thyroid Testing
SpectraCell’s comprehensive male and female hormone test panels reveal the overall state of your hormone balance. Like nutrients, hormones influence all aspects of health and disease—mood, sleep, metabolism, immunity, heart health, and appearance. Hormones are chemical messengers secreted directly into your blood, which carries the hormones to organs and tissues of the body, switching their functions on or off. Thyroid hormones directly regulate every cell in our body’s most basic functions, like metabolism, emotions, and thinking.
We test several proteins that affect thyroid function as well as antibodies to thyroid which can detect autoimmunity (when the immune system attacks healthy tissue) and your levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Hormone imbalance affects: fatigue and energy levels; blood pressure, clotting, lipids; migraines, sleep, and pain; depression, anxiety, cognitive function; infections and autoimmune disease; blood sugar and tissue repair; osteoporosis; and physical appearance of skin, muscles, and hair. One hormone out of balance can throw other hormones out of balance, so a comprehensive look at hormone status is key.
Developing Your CardioMetabolic Profile
Your cellular metabolism and your heart and blood vessels—the cardiovascular system—are very intricately linked. Our personal chemistry controls our metabolic changes, from aging or just from living. Your metabolic profile will include glycemic control, lipid profile, and vascular inflammation, and will help determine your risk for developing cardiovascular disease, including stroke and diabetes.
How Healthy are Your Telomeres?
Telomeres are sections of genetic material at the end of each chromosome whose primary function is to prevent chromosomal “fraying” when a cell replicates, usually about 50 to 70 times. Telomeres get shorter each time a cell copies itself, but the important DNA stays intact. Cell division is necessary for growing new skin, blood, bone, and other cells. A cell will generally become inactive if the telomeres become too short. Therefore, the rate of telomere shortening is critical to an individual’s health and pace of aging.
Smoking, exposure to pollution, a lack of physical activity, obesity, stress, and an unhealthy diet increase the rate of telomere shortening. Too many inactive telomeres accelerates human aging, according to recent research. But keep in mind that parts of you might be aging faster or slower than your blood—we’re not all one age throughout our body.
Improving nutrition, adjusting nutritional supplements, managing weight and exercise, and other lifestyle modifications can influence the rate and direction of telomere changes. You will minimize associated risk factors and
- Reduce oxidative stress
- Correct micronutrient deficiencies, especially Vitamin D
- Change sedentary lifestyle/increase physical activity.
- Avoid weight gain or obesity
- Correct insulin resistance
An annual retesting can confirm that changes and improvements are contributing to better health of your telomeres.
ApoE, MTHFR Genotyping, and Factor V Leiden Testing
The ApoE test determines genetic risk associated with the Apolipoprotein E gene, which is involved in the metabolism of cholesterol and triglycerides. The results of the genotyping of Apolipoprotein E have implications in treatment strategies for individuals in reducing cardiovascular disease risk.
MTHFR is involved in the metabolism of folate and homocysteine. Risks associated with high homocysteine are cardiovascular disease, stroke, venous and arterial thrombosis, and methotrexate toxicity for cancer therapy. You should be tested for MTHFR Genotyping if you have high homocysteine levels, have a familial history of cardiovascular disease, stroke, or thrombosis, or are candidates for long-term methotrexate therapy.
You should be tested for factor V Leiden if you have had: an unexplained blood clot (thrombotic episode), especially under the age of 50; recurrent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or venous thrombo embolism episodes; a strong family history of thrombosis; or are considering pregnancy.
Prothrombin is a protein that causes blood to coagulate and form blood clots. A genetic mutation in the production of this protein is a risk factor for blood clots, including DVT. Prothrombin G20210A mutation increases circulating prothrombin levels and appears to create a hypercoagulable state. You should be tested if you have had: a blood clot in one of the deep veins of the body (DVT); a blood clot that has traveled to the lung—a pulmonary embolism or PE; a blood clot in an unusual site; have suffered a heart attack or stroke at a young age; have a history of recurrent pregnancy loss or stillbirth.
Vedas and SpectraCell
Vedas and SpectraCell is your proven combination for tests that guide your wellness and treatment.