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Harness the power of holistic nutrition with micronutrient testing

Essential to health and primarily obtained through diet, micronutrients are vital for well-being and disease prevention.
However, many Americans are deficient in key nutrients, which could impact their health.

Why test for micronutrients?

Inadequacy of micronutrients can influence many processes required for health, as they are cofactors for enzymatic processes that produce energy,3 regulate hormones,4 and modulate oxidation, immune, and inflammatory pathways.Over the long term, this can lead or contribute to many chronic health conditions.3

Nutritional analysis is an important tool for practitioners. Micronutrient testing may specifically be indicated for several conditions or reasons, including those listed below.5

Micronutrient test panels

We offer nutritional insights with holistic, prevention-focused micronutrient analysis. Our 4 panels assess nutritional status and help identify conditions associated with nutritional deficiencies.

Chronic diseases, including cardiovascular, cancer, aging, and cognitive decline are all associated with increased rates of oxidative stress.6,7 Antioxidants, many of which the body must get from exogenous sources, play critical roles in mitigating oxidative damage.

Tests: Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), Vitamin A (Retinol), Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol, Beta Gamma Tocopherol)

a Panel components may be ordered separately.

B-vitamins comprise a group of vitamins that perform essential cellular functions and are needed for energy-producing pathways, methylation, DNA synthesis, and cell, skin, bone, muscle, and nervous system health.7

Tests: Folate, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12

a Panel components may be ordered separately.

Other nutritional elements are involved in a variety of cellular processes, including supporting immune and cell function and regulating blood pressure, metabolism, bone health, and the nervous system.

Tests: Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium, Zinc

a Panel components may be ordered separately.

Lead and heavy metal testing evaluates environmental and dietary contaminants that could be affecting your patients’ health.

Tests: Arsenic, Cadmium, Cobalt, Lead, Mercury

a Panel components may be ordered separately.

Enhanced reporting for micronutrient testing

Our tests are complemented by detailed reporting that provides a full picture for practitioners to guide patients on nutrition and therapy. Results (and individually orderable tests) are displayed in a clear, graphically enhanced report with population distribution curves and percentiles.

b Population distribution graph based on age and gender and limited to adults only.

The power of Quest

Please talk to your Quest account representative for ordering and pricing information on our micronutrient test panels.

Micronutrient testing for optimal wellness may result in a high patient responsibility. Financial responsibility depends on the patient’s insurance coverage.
 

The purpose of these tests is to inform healthcare professionals of the levels of these elements and vitamins in their patients so that they can guide the patient appropriately regarding diet, the need for dietary supplements or the need, if any, for prescription medication or other appropriate therapy.
 

References

  1. CDC. Only 1 in 10 adults get enough fruits or vegetables. Updated February 16, 2021. Accessed October 13, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/division-information/media-tools/adults-fruits-vegetables.html
  2. Pikosky M, Cifelli C, Agarwal S, et al. Do Americans get enough nutrients from food? Assessing nutrient adequacy with NHANES 2013–2016 (P18-040-19). Curr Dev Nutr. 2019;3(Suppl 1):18-040-19. doi:10.1093/cdn/nzz039.P18-040-19
  3. Godswill AG, Somtochukwu IV, Ikechukwu AO, et al. Health benefits of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and their associated deficiency diseases: a systematic review. IJF. 2020;3(1):1-32. https://doi.org/10.47604/ijf.1024
  4. van Ommen B, Fairweather-Tait S, Freidig A, et al. A network biology model of micronutrient related health. Br J Nutr. 2008;99(S3):S72-S80. doi:10.1017/S0007114508006922
  5. Maggini S, Pierre A, Calder PC. Immune function and micronutrient requirements change over the life course. Nutrients. 2018;10(10):1531. Oct 17. doi:10.3390/nu10101531
  6. Li S, Chen G, Zhang C, et al. Research progress of natural antioxidants in foods for the treatment of diseases. Food Sci Hum Wellness. 2014;3(3-4):110-116. doi:10.1016/j.fshw.2014.11.002
  7. Mayne ST. Antioxidant nutrients and chronic disease: use of biomarkers of exposure and oxidative stress status in epidemiologic research. J Nutr. 2003;133(Supp 3):933S-940S. doi:10.1093/jn/133.3.933S