Kobkul Sudsuansri, PhD
Laboratory Testing for Micronutrient Deficiency
Dr Kobkul Sudsuansri received her B.Sc and M.Sc from Mahidol University Thailand, Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Cincinnati, USA and Post-doctoral from University of Rouan France. After her Post-doctoral in France, she worked as communication director for Functional Laboratory in Paris for more than 15 years. Then she came back and forth between Thailand and France and started her job as consultant and lecturer for Functional Medicine for N-Health Asia etc... Now she works as distributor for Institute of Research Development and Pathology human from France and Genova and Metametrix Clinical Laboratory from USA. She also plans for setting Functional Lab and clinic in Thailand. Her interests are focused on the role of nutrition, gut health, oxidative stress and impaired detoxification in chronic diseases neurodevelopmental, neuropsychiatric, neurodegenerative disorders and cancers including the important role of epigenetic regulation.
Laboratory Testing for Micronutrients
Micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants required in small quantities that are essential to our health and growth. Each nutrient play a central role in metabolism and in the maintenance of tissue function, but effects in preventing or treating disease which is not due to micronutrient deficiency cannot be expected from increasing the intake. There is a highly integrated system to control the flux of micronutrients in illness, and this demonstrates just how important the body perceives the micronutrients to be. An adequate intake therefore is necessary to sustain metabolism and tissue function, but provision of excess supplements to individuals who do not need them may be harmful.
Clinical benefit is most likely in those individuals who are severely depleted and at risk of complications, and is unlikely if this is not the case. Much more research is needed to characterise better markers of micronutrient status both in terms of metabolic effects and antioxidant effects, so that at-risk patients can be identified and supplementation modified accordingly. Large-scale trials of different doses of micronutrients are required with precise outcome markers to optimize intakes in different groups of patients as well as in the general population.
What are the laboratory tests for Micronutrients?
• Vitamin Antioxidants • Oxidative stress damage • Organic acids
• Amino acids • Fatty acids • Toxic and Elements test .