After a thorough examination, it is determined that a person needs to have an analysis of the nutrient levels within their system. A prescription is created and blood is drawn at their local lab and the blood is delivered the laboratory in Texas that Integrated Health Systems has partnered with. If this lab was like most, the blood would be analyzed for the concentrations of nutrients, which in this example are the B-vitamins. It is determined that the concentration of the B-vitamins are acceptable and nothing more is required.
But, this is not your average lab. What they do is separate the white blood cell from the rest of the blood. The white blood cells are then opened to reveal their internal contents. Why all of this work you ask? White blood cells store nutrients for a period of about 6 months. We can see a six month average of the B-vitamins over a six month range. This is important, because if a person has just consumed a meal high in B-vitamins, like salmon and broccoli they will have a serum test showing good amounts of the B-vitamins. The white blood cells are not readily affected by the meal, but by the meals consumed over the past 180 days. This is much better way to evaluate a patient. If this test says that the B-vitamin levels are good, then we have reason to believe the levels are, in fact, good.