If you are a close friend or family, you are probably sick of hearing me say the word “NutrEval.”
A NutrEval is my favorite lab test to run on, well, anyone that will let me. It is one of the most comprehensive tests I’ve ever seen. The NutrEval FMV® is a blood and urine test that evaluates over 125 biomarkers and assesses the body’s functional need for 40 antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, digestive support, toxic exposure, and other select nutrients. There is also the option to add on Genomic SNPs (buccal swab), including MTHFR, COMT, TNF-a, and APOE. This test is a great option no matter what, if anything, is going on with you because all of our bodily systems require various nutrients to function correctly.
I love how this test shows you in an easy-to-read chart not only where your values are but will also show you if you are close to out of range so that you can use preventative measures. Additionally, they tell you what the nutrient does, what deficiency can look like, and foods with that nutrient.
Another benefit is that this test is a good option if you can’t afford a lot of lab work. Many insurance companies will cover most of the cost, and either way, Genova, the lab that makes the test, also has a payment plan option to help with any budget.
It is also an excellent place to start if you think you need a stool test, hormone test, or toxic exposure test. The markers on the NutrEval are enough to go off for many symptoms to help me create a plan for you, decide if more testing is needed, or if it is best to see a specialist.
Out of my clients over the last three years, here are the most common deficiencies I see:
Clients are all over the US, ranging in age from 17 – 70, and various sexes.
B12, B6, Omega3’s: 52% of clients are deficient
Vitamins B2 & B3, Glutathione: 67% of clients are deficient
More On B Vitamins
Due to the large range of B vitamins, we can’t get into all of them in this space, so we talk about them, generally speaking. B vitamins have many roles, including detoxification, methylation, digestion, absorption, energy production, and neurotransmitter production. Low B vitamins are related to cardiovascular disease, cancer, neural tube defects, cognitive decline, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, osteoporosis, impaired immunity, weakness, fatigue, kidney stones, beriberi, PMS, carpal tunnel, and more. (1,2,3)
More on Omega-3s
Essential fatty acids are critical for membrane structure and function, the nervous system, synthesis of lipid mediators, and regulation of gene expression, among other roles. (4)
One study found that a component of essential fatty acids called Resolvin E1 (RvE1) stimulated clearance of the fungus from circulating blood. This compound shows to modulate host immune functions and may play a role in balancing commensal and pathogenic Candida albicans. (5)
My Favorite Omega-3, is Atlantis by Now Alchemy, becuause it has DHA, EPA, and DPA. Use code MYHAP at check out to get 10% off. They also have Shilajit, an incredible antioxidant blend called The 6 Keys, a heavy metal binding product called Metal-Tox, and a Fullerenol product.
More On Glutathione
Glutahione is a peptide made from the amino acids glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid naturally produced by the liver. This significant antioxidant is involved in many processes, including tissue building and repair, making chemicals and proteins needed in the body, and supports the immune system.
The benefits of glutathione are massive, not limited to anti-aging benefits for the skin, cell including antioxidation, maintenance of the redox state, modulation of the immune response, detoxification of xenobiotics, and may have a role in protecting us from cancer. (6,7,8)
Xenobiotics are defined as chemicals we are exposed to that are not extrinsic. In other words, toxic exposure from outside our bodies like pharmaceuticals, herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants. (9) If you haven’t already, you will learn more about this in the appendix.
Regarding dysbiosis, glutathione plays an integral part in fungal clearance by neutrophils and the proper control of the inflammatory response by macrophages during periods of fungal overgrowth. (7)
This antioxidant is so powerful our cellular levels are now becoming a predator of how long we live. (10,11)
Plant-based antioxidants: 71% of clients are deficient
More On Antioxidants
I have been enamored with astaxanthin for a while for its numerous benefits. This powerhouse is said to be 550 times more effective as an antioxidant than vitamin E, nearly 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, and 550 times richer as a source of antioxidants than green tea or other catechins. (12) It has been studied for its benefits for heart health, diabetes, blood pressure, skin health, high cholesterol, oxidative stress, and ulcers. (12)
A 2012 study found that astaxanthin helps reduce age spots, smoothing wrinkles and helping restore skin moisture. (13) While a 2011 study shows it can help with athletic performance, their specific study showed improved cycling time performance among twenty-one competitive cyclists. (14)
Astaxanthin significantly improves neutrophil phagocytic and microbicidal (killing microbes) capacity and increases intracellular calcium concentration and nitric oxide production. One study concluded that astaxanthin increased phagocytic and fungicide capacity, reduced superoxide anion and hydrogen peroxide production (free radicals), and did not impact neutrophils’ ability to lower Candida albicans. In other words, it works as an antioxidant and antifungal without altering the work of neutrophils! (15)
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Alpha-lipoic acid, vitamin B1 and vitamin D: 76% of clients are deficient
More On Vitamin D
Vitamin D has many roles, including balancing other nutrients like calcium, vitamin K, phosphorus, cell differentiation, blood pressure regulation, insulin secretion, and immunity. (16)
When it comes to immunity, vitamin D is a potent immune system modulator. There is considerable scientific evidence that 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D can enhance innate immunity and inhibit the development of autoimmunity. (17)
A 2017 study looked at the relationship between vitamin D and Candida. They found that the antifungal activity indicated that vitamin D3 had a potent inhibition in the growth of Candida albicans. Their research suggests that vitamin D3 can be considered to have fungicide activity due to the large lipid solubility of vitamin D3 changing the integrity of the cell membrane. (17)
My favorite vitamin D is the Nanoemulsified D3K2 from Quicksilver Scientific; you can find it on Full Script.
Magnesium: 95% of clients are deficient
Using clinical testing like the NutrEval, I’ve found that 95% of my clients are low in Magnesium (Mg) which aligns with larger-scale studies. Magnesium is essential for over 300 biochemical reactions in your body, including energy production, maintaining a healthy nervous system, cell signaling, regulating blood sugar, and a structural role in bone, cell membranes, and chromosomes. (18) It also plays a vital role in removing the toxic byproducts of Candida like acetaldehyde. (19)
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I’m a big fan of “test don’t guess”. When we include functional lab work, like the NutrEval test, in our annual lab work we can get a better picture of our needs and over all health. If you are interested in a NutrEval test or other functional tests contact me here.
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- Haas-Stapleton EJ, Lu Y, Hong S, et al. Candida albicans modulates host defense by biosynthesizing the pro-resolving mediator resolvin E1. PLoS One. 2007;2(12):e1316. Published 2007 Dec 19. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001316
- Weschawalit S, Thongthip S, Phutrakool P, Asawanonda P. Glutathione and its antiaging and antimelanogenic effects. Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2017;10:147-153. Published 2017 Apr 27. doi:10.2147/CCID.S128339
- Kim VY, Batty A, Li J, Kirk SG, Crowell SA, Jin Y, Tang J, Zhang J, Rogers LK, Deng HX, Nelin LD, Liu Y. Glutathione Reductase Promotes Fungal Clearance and Suppresses Inflammation during Systemic Candida albicans Infection in Mice. J Immunol. 2019 Oct 15;203(8):2239-2251. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.1701686. Epub 2019 Sep 9. PMID: 31501257; PMCID: PMC6783371.
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- Cascella R, Evangelisti E, Zampagni M, Becatti M, D’Adamio G, Goti A, Liguri G, Fiorillo C, Cecchi C. S-linolenoyl glutathione intake extends life-span and stress resistance via Sir-2.1 upregulation in Caenorhabditis elegans. Free Radic Biol Med. 2014 Aug;73:127-35. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2014.05.004. Epub 2014 May 15. PMID: 24835770.
- Richie JP Jr, Leutzinger Y, Parthasarathy S, Malloy V, Orentreich N, Zimmerman JA. Methionine restriction increases blood glutathione and longevity in F344 rats. FASEB J. 1994 Dec;8(15):1302-7. doi: 10.1096/fasebj.8.15.8001743. PMID: 8001743.
- Earnest CP, Lupo M, White KM, Church TS. Effect of astaxanthin on cycling time trial performance. Int J Sports Med. 2011 Nov;32(11):882-8. doi: 10.1055/s-0031-1280779. Epub 2011 Oct 7. PMID: 21984399.
- Macedo RC, Bolin AP, Marin DP, Otton R. Astaxanthin addition improves human neutrophils function: in vitro study. Eur J Nutr. 2010 Dec;49(8):447-57. doi: 10.1007/s00394-010-0103-1. Epub 2010 Apr 2. PMID: 20361333.
- Aranow C. Vitamin D and the immune system. J Investig Med. 2011;59(6):881-886.