Another interesting finding was the elevation in Suberate. Suberate elevations indicate metabolic blocks. Carnitine is needed to move fatty acids into the mitochondria where they are converted to energy using vitamin B2. Supplementation of carnitine and vitamin B2 may be needed when these compounds are too high. Insufficiency of vitamin B2 is implicated in impaired carbohydrate metabolism, migraines, and dementia. Carnitine supplementation has been documented to improve Alzheimer’s, age-related cognitive decline, and cardiac function.
High levels of Sulfate were also found. Sulfate is associated with your body’s use of glutathione, an amino acid critical for removing toxins that is also a powerful antioxidant. Many disease processes can be adversely influenced by glutathione insufficiency. Supplementation with various amino acids, especially methionine and glycine, can help rebuild total body glutathione. Sulfate levels are reflective of your body’s sulfur containing amino acid status. Supplementation with various sulfur amino acids (e.g. N-acetylcysteine, methionine, glutathione, and taurine) and sodium sulfate can be used to support adequate levels of glutathione.
A lot of people know about Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. The results of this test indicated that her "good" Omega 3's were low and her "bad" Omega 6 were high. Many profound clinical symptoms hinge on fatty acid status. While there is much discussion of the negative impact of fats on health, the positive benefits associated with “good fats,” known as essential fatty acids, is often overlooked. Achieving the optimum balance of essential fatty acids minimizes inflammation, a major risk factor in heart disease and cancer. A balance of fatty acids is also necessary for proper brain development and function of the nervous system. The activity of every cell in your body is compromised when fatty acids are deficient. Cell membranes, made of fatty acids, serve as the door that regulates the flow of nutrients into the cell and removal of metabolic waste products out of the cell.
Now that we know EXACTLY what this patient needs to supplement her daily routine, we can be absolutely sure that she is taking the right vitamins/supplements and getting the best possible results with those supplements!