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On July 19, 2012, in MEDICAL FACTS, Vitamins, by Dr. Tuchinsky

Nutritional analysis also known as intracellular nutrient testing is an elaborate test cell ,which is performed by SpectraCell Labs. It has become a popular test in the Anti-aging medicine but it has not yet gained a wide-spread popularity.

We depend on hundreds nutrients present in miniscule amounts but absolutely essential for our body to function properly.These nutrients can be divided in the following categories:

  • Vitamins: vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D, K; biotin, folate, panthothenate
  • Minerals: calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper
  • Antioxidants: alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, cysteine, glutathione, selenium, vitamin E
  • Amino acids: asparagine, glutamine, serine
  • Carbohydrate metabolism: chromium, fructose sensitivity, glucose-insulin metabolism
  • Fatty acids: oleic acid
  • Metabolites: choline, inositol, carnitine

The innovative idea behind SpectraCell analysis was that it is more accurate test the amount of these compounds inside the cells (they use white blood cells for this purpose) rather than in serum, which is the conventional traditional medicine approach. The validity of this statement has never been proven. There is a paucity of the studies done on this subject, and most physicians dismiss SpectraCell test as another one of those quack money makers. However, I can tell you from personal experience that it worked for me.

After I gave birth to my child, I suffered from excruciating fatigue and nobody could tell me what was wrong with me. All my routine blood tests came back normal. Then I found out about Spectra Cell and it showed major deficiencies in my cellular levels of magnesium, zinc. In addition my vitamin D3, oleic acid and Vitamin B3 were slightly below normal.

I focused on magnesium and zinc supplementation. (Read about Magnesium Deficiency). Once I found the supplements with good bioavailability, I began to see obvious improvements after several weeks of supplementation. My fatigue, muscle aching, poor sleep and brain fog have disappeared with magnesium supplementation. I used to get sick with cold almost every week but that too has stopped once my immune system was replete with zinc.

Since there are no significant medical studies yet to prove that micronutrient cellular testing works, all I can offer you is my personal experience – it worked for me. The health authorities are dismissive of test because they insist that Americans eat good enough to not be deficient in anything. I think nothing can be further from the truth. Most of us don’t eat enough foods with high nutritional content. If your body is not highly efficient in absorbing the vitamins, you may need more than the minimal amount to feel way. I used to get by with whatever magnesium I had but the pregnancy and breastfeeding have depleted my already low stores and pushed me into the state of deficiency.

Spectra Cell report is very elaborate with charts and graphs and detailed descriptions of the symptoms of every element that you tested deficient in. They also are nice enough to list the foods that contain the needed vitamins if you are not big on taking supplements.






  1. Brandy says:

    I strongly believe that I am deficient (I have all the symptoms of both Mg and K) in Potassium since I do eat salty foods on occasion and am taking diuretics. But my tests have shown normal for all electrolytes. Where can I take this test, its not an at home test is it?

  2. Dr. Tuchinsky says:

    Brandy, you can go to Spectracell website (just google it) and they have a list of doctors and labs in your area that administer micronutrient test. That would be the best way to test for magnesium defiiency. You can also ask your doctor to order RBC magnesium, I think most labs can do it. Potassium is usually checked with routine bloodwork but your level may vary throughout the day.

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