Vitamin Analysis (SpectraCell)
long ago, vitamin testing was based on clinical observation
and measurements of static levels in serum, urine or hair,
along with certain enzyme or protein markers. Unfortunately,
because each person differs in his/her ability to absorb,
metabolize and utilize vitamins and other essential nutrients,
such tests often mask intracellular deficiencies. They simply
do not assess the many complicated metabolic pathways in which
these compounds participate as enzymatic cofactors —
thus frequently reporting inaccurate and clinically useless
after 15 years of research, SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc.
introduces the patented Functional Intracellular Analysis
(FIA™) blood test which can assess intracellular vitamin
deficiencies and total antioxidant functions. Whereas it was
once impossible to determine how vitamins, minerals, amino
acids and antioxidant systems are actually functioning within
our white blood cells (lymphocytes), deficiencies can now
be precisely detected before they contribute to clinical problems.
only blood test of its kind, FIA measures the DNA synthesis
in an individual's lymphocytes using a chemically defined
culture media, free of serum or protein. The control media
contains the minimal amount of each essential nutrient needed
to support optimal lymphocyte growth, or mitogenic response.
The functional status of 28 different vitamins, minerals and
amino acids involved in cell metabolism is directly determined
by making lymphocyte growth dependent on the manipulation
of individual nutrients in the media and measuring the resulting
DNA synthesis. The same EMA technology also provides a total
antioxidant function test which assesses the overall ability
of cells to resist damage caused by free radicals and other
forms of oxidative stress.
recent years, there has been a great number of published scientific
studies which illustrate the medical relationship between
health and vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids.
One such study related to homocysteine and coronary artery
disease in French Canadian subjects¹ revealed that elevated
homocysteine is a risk factor for coronary artery disease,
and reduced levels of pyridoxal phosphate, folate and vitamin
B12 may contribute to the elevated homocysteine. Another important
study analyzed altered antioxidant status and increased lipid
peroxidation in children with cystic fibrosis². The results
favored supplementing with antioxidants to reverse deficiencies
of beta carotene and selenium, and to limit the intensity
of oxidative stress in this condition. Lastly, a third study
examined antioxidants in advanced cancers³. Evidence
suggests that there is an alteration of the oxidant-antioxidant
status in cancer. Preliminary analysis of this transversal
study confirms the association of low peroxidation products/high
antioxidants with tumor aggressiveness and/or progression.
it has been established by the scientific community that approximately
70 percent of the U.S. population is at risk for long-term
vitamin and mineral deficiencies … deficiencies that
can adversely affect the body's efficient functioning and
its ability to resist disease. Using WIN's product line is
one way to help lower this staggering statistic … Another
way is to contact your physician or call SpectraCell directly
for a test kit. You may have your blood drawn at a local lab
and have the specimen sent to SpectraCell using the instruction
card and pre-paid airbill. We recommend you contact your physician
with your results if you did not have the test ordered through
their office. If you see your physician, the blood can be
drawn during a routine office visit and sent to SpectraCell's
laboratory. Within two weeks the results will be back, and
you and your physician can discuss them and plan an appropriate
Dalery K, et al. Amer J Cardiology. Jun 1 75:1107-1111, 1995.
² Portal BC, Am J Clin Nutr. 61(4):843-47, 1995.
³ Gerber M, et al, Ext Summ. 69-70, 1995.
Laboratories is offering huge discounts to WIN distributors.
If you would like to order a collection kit at the below rates,
contact the SpectraCell marketing department at 1-800-227-LABS(5227).
You must identify yourself as a WIN Distributor to receive
the discounted prices below. The marketing department will
send you a collection kit with instructions on ordering the
FIA test. Keep in mind that the test must be ordered and submitted
by your private physician, so be prepared to schedule an appointment
with your doctor to have your blood drawn.
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