These test results add to the ever growing pile of scientific evidence that my body is not functioning effectively.
The results indicate that I am currently deficient in:
Vitamin B2 (by a lot...this surprised me a lot)
Glutathione (old news...I've known this for years)
Coenzyme Q-10 (by a lot...this surprised me a little)
Overall antioxident function (probably because of the Coenzyme Q-10 and glutathione deficiencies...not surprising at all)
The Vitamin B2 deficiency surprised me because it's not a very common deficiency. What's even more amazing about this finding is the role of vitamin B2 in the body. According to MedicineNet.com:
Vitamin B2 helps break down carbohydrates, fats and protein for use by the body. Its role in maintaining an energy supply for the body is crucial, for it helps convert carbohydrates into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a compound needed to store energy in muscles.
The signs and symptoms of vitamin B2 deficiency include visual problems, such as cataracts and excessive sensitivity of the eyes to light (photosensitivity). There may also include reddening of the lips with cracking at the corners (cheilosis), tongue inflammation (glossitis), skin inflammation (dermatitis), swelling (edema), dizziness, hair loss, insomnia, trembling and delayed mental response.
Of the symptoms listed, I experience photosensitivity, reddening and cracking of the lips, dermatitis, edema (especially in my hands and fingers), dizziness, hair loss, insomnia, and delayed mental response. And, of course, I have a documented lack of ATP. Woah.
In addition to the newly listed deficiencies, I've previously been diagnosed with vitamin D, iron, glutathione, and cyclic-AMP (ATP) deficiencies. Fortunately, my vitamin D and iron levels have been under control for a while thanks to all the extra supplements I've been taking.
I've added the following supplements to my growing list of daily supplements (these dose recommendations came along with my lab results):
50 mg Vitamin B2
150 mg Coenzyme Q-10
The test results also show that I am just barely adequate in Vitamin B12, Folate, and Pantothenate. I could stand to increase my Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) levels a bit, as well.
As a result of the lab results and recommendations, I have also decided that this is the right time to increase my doses of the methylation protocol that I mentioned in Starting a New CFS Treatment Plan. I'm hoping the increase will help with my B12 levels among other things.
Previously I was taking -- every other day -- the recommended 1/4 tablets of the Actifolate and the Intrinsic B12/folate, 1/4 tablet of the Neurological Health Formula, the recommended 1 softgel of the Phosphatidyl Serine Complex, and a 1/2 tablet of the Activated B12 Guard.
I have now increased to 1/2 tablet of the Neurological Health Formula and a full pill of the Activated B12 Guard. I am continuing to take the recommended 1/4 tablets of the Actifolate and the Intrinsic B12/folate and the recommended 1 softgel of the Phosphatidyl Serine Complex. I have decided to continue this treatment plan on an every other day basis.
Once my body adjusts to all the extra supplements, I plan to start taking the methylation protocol on a daily basis...which I hope will help my folate levels.
I hope to get this micronutrient test done again in about 6 months to see if I have made any improvements. I also hope that my energy starts to improve with the added supplements.
With all these changes in my supplements, I'm going to try to post an updated list soon.
I just figured out how to post my latest medications and supplements document (thank you to Sue Jackson for the format). Click on the image below, and it should take you to a bigger version.
My GI doctor ordered the test at my request. It had already been determined that I was deficient in vitamin D and iron, but I wondered if I could be deficient in even more nutrients. At the time my test was to be ordered (in July 2009), I was told that my particular insurance plan would not cover this expense. I wanted the test done anyway. It was well worth the cost.