One of the best defenses against illness is a rapidly responding, well balanced immune system. Each of us routinely encounters challenges to our health, such as viruses, bacteria, and molds. When a person experiences chronic illness, these pathogens can become even more challenging. It is the task of the immune system to recognize when these undesirable encounters occur, and to eliminate these pathogens from our bodies.
One important way that our immune system defends us from viruses, bacteria, and molds is at the cellular level. Individual immune cells rapidly divide into numerous copies of themselves, quickly creating a cloned army of “soldier” cells, ready to defend against invaders.
In order to rapidly transform themselves into your defensive forces, your immune soldier cells require key, specific nutrients. Some of these are probably familiar to you, such as B vitamins, others you may not have yet considered as crucial to cell division, such as Oleic acid. To know that your encounters with virus, bacteria, mold, or other such disease-causing agents is well defended with access to adequate nutrients, you can use a Spectracell Micronutrient Test, to check your cellular division and your individual intracellular nutrient availability.
To check nutrient status at the cellular level, Spectracell looks at immune cells taken from a blood draw. These cells are placed into perfectly nourishing petri dishes and allowed to divide their full generations. The rectangle shown here represents the petri dish, and the stacked rows of plus signs represent generations of successful cell division. A black marker is placed here where this individual’s cellular replication stopped. As you can see, these soldier cells successfully divided many generations, reaching well into the “white” or, the sufficiency zone. When all the key nutrients are present, this person’s cells are good at reproducing so under good conditions, they can efficiently clone protective forces.
A column of stacked plus signs represents the many generations that are possible in the presence of Vitamin K2. However, in this dish, as there is no Vitamin K2 included, a marker has been placed where this individual’s cell growth stopped. In this case, the marker is colored red, because when Vitamin K2 was withheld from this petri dish, these otherwise robust cells stopped dividing after very few generations. In fact, they did not divide enough generations to make it out of the blue, or “deficiency” zone.
This suggests that because there is an absence of Vitamin K2, these immune cells are not able to reproduce effectively. They won’t be able to clone an adequate defensive force when challenged. It also suggests that giving Vitamin K2 would provide a necessary, key resource for this person’s immune system defenses.
In the Spectracell Micronutrient Test, 32 different nutrients are assessed in this fashion, helping to determine what missing nutrients might hold your immune cells back from clonally expanding into your defensive forces. Providing needed nutrients improves your immune system’s performance and gives you better defenses against disease causing agents.