This blood test measures Vitamin C levels. Vitamin C is a powerful water-soluble antioxidant that boosts the immune system by offering protection to proteins, carbohydrates, and helps shield DNA from free radical damage. A research study done in the Netherlands showed that people who had a higher intake of Vitamin C and E had a lower risk of Alzheimerâ€™s disease. Vitamin C plays a vital role in the synthesis of collagen and neurotransmitters and boosts glutathione levels.
This blood test measures Vitamin D 25 (OH) levels. Vitamin D, known as the “sunshine vitamin.” Vitamin D is a fat-soluble prohormone that the body can synthesize as Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) when the skin is exposed to ultraviolet-B (UBV) rays from the sun. Vitamin D is needed for strong bones and teeth, Vitamin D helps your body absorb the amount of calcium and phosphorus it needs. It also has other roles in the body, including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and reduction of inflammation.
This blood test measures Zinc levels. Zinc is a crucial trace element required for the growth and healthy development of all living organisms. Zinc deficiency can lead to immune system dysfunction and impairments in growth, cognitive dysfunction, poor carbohydrate metabolism and hormonal function. Low dietary zinc is associated with hypogonadism, low Insulin Growth Factor-1, low testosterone and low levels of the thyroid hormone Free T4.
Zonulin is a specialized protein secreted by intestinal cells whose job is to be the gatekeeper of the tight junctions (swinging doors)between the inside of the gut and the circulatory system. Elevated zonulin levels can increase intestinal permeability in the jejunum and ileum and is used in this test a biomarker for barrier permeability (how functional are your tight junctions). Tight junctions can be opened or closed or stuck wide open depending on certain triggers (like infections and toxins) that stimulate elevated zonulin.