Why is nutrient status important?

Vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies have been shown to suppress the function of the immune system which can contribute to degenerative processes such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. You may be deficient in some vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and/or other essential micronutrients and not even know it. Standard Test results do not measure if the nutrient is properly functioning within the body.

Many people work at improving their health, yet some individual still have deficiencies. Why?

Because each of us is metabolically and biochemically unique, the micronutrient requirement for one person may be quite different than the requirements of another. Although you may eat a balanced diet, if you do not absorb vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and/or other essential micronutrients properly, you may have deficiencies. Health conditions such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, fatigue and multiple sclerosis, to name a few, can be affected, directly or indirectly by micronutrient deficiencies. Our micronutrient requirements at age 30 are quite different from our requirement at age 40, 50 and beyond. Absorption difficulties, especially of vitamin B12, quite commonly occur as we age. Excessive physical activity, prescription drugs, smoking, alcohol and sedentary habits all impact micronutrient demands.