50 Functional Food & Medicinal Herbs
WHAT IS TESTED FOR IN THE ALCAT 50 FUNCTIONAL FOODS AND MEDICINAL HERBS PANEL?
The ALCAT Functional Foods and Medicinal Herbs Sensitivity and Intolerance Panel is a simple blood test that measures the body’s cellular reactivity to 50 common food and herbal supplements including Acai Berry, Agave, Aloe, Ashwagandha, Astragalus, Barley Grass, Bee Pollen, Bilberry, Black Walnut Hull, Cascara, Chlorella, Dandelion, Echinacea Angustifolia, Elderberry, Essiac, Feverfew, Ginkgo Biloba, Goji Berry, Goldenseal, Grape Seed Extract, Guarana Seed, Gymnema Sylvestre, Hawthorn Berry, Huperzine, Kava Kava, Lo Han, Lutein, Maitake Mushroom, Mangosteen, Milk Thistle, Mullein Leaf, Noni Berry, Pau d’Arco Bark, Pine Bark, Red Clover Seed, Red Yeast Rice, Reishi Mushroom, Reservatrol, Rhodiola, Rooibos Tea, Schizandra Berry, Senna, Spirulina, St. John’s Wort, Stevia Leaf, Valerian, Vinpocetine, Wheatgrass, Wormwood, and Yellow Dock.
AM I REQUIRED TO FAST FOR THIS LAB TEST?
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY LAB TEST RESULTS?
It takes about 5 business days for your store to receive the printable color results from the lab to provide to you; and in 10 business days ALCAT will mail the store a folder that includes your test results plus more information about the company, and the science behind the test, which you can pick up from your ANY LAB TEST NOW location at your convenience.
Intolerances differ significantly from allergies. Unlike allergies, intolerances may vary from situation to situation, while an allergy always produces the same reaction. Intolerances are caused by the body’s inability to process specific substances and may cause bloating, digestive problems such as gas and/or diarrhea, fatigue, headaches and even the inability to lose weight or weight gain.
Symptoms may be difficult to link to specific foods or medicinal herbs because they may not occur until hours or days later. To complicate the situation, each individual has a different tolerance for specific substances, so even if a person has an intolerance, it may be mild so that a small amount of the food doesn’t cause a reaction until enough of the food is eaten or is consumed consistently over time.
WHY DO I NEED IT?
Are you experiencing headaches, rashes, chronic digestive discomfort and diarrhea, obesity or the inability to lose weight?
Trying to identify the cause of chronic discomfort can be complicated when it doesn’t seem linked to a specific food, herb or medication, but the intolerance and sensitivity test can help. Pinpointing specific popular food and herbal supplements such as Acai Berry, Bee Pollen, Feverfew, Ginko Biloba, St. John’s Wort along with 45 others that should be avoided can produce dramatic relief of uncomfortable symptoms. These supplements are sometimes consumed or found naturally in foods but are frequently consumed in pill or capsule form and are not regulated by the FDA
Because some food intolerances develop later in life due to compromised digestive functions brought on by stress, alcohol intake and the use of NSAIDs, adults may find that they have developed intolerances to foods or herbs they have been eating their whole lives. In addition, digestive functions become more sluggish as we age so it is common for lactose intolerances, for example, to develop after 40. The chronic reaction from intolerances can prevent people from losing weight and cause chronic inflammation.
Intolerances are much more common than allergies and dietary and lifestyle changes to avoid the offending food or substance can help you feel better quickly.
OTHER RELEVANT TESTS:
People who purchased the Food Sensitivity and Intolerance – 50 Functional Foods and Medicinal Herbs Panel also considered the Basic Check Up or one of the Sensitivity and Intolerance tests to Molds, Environmental Chemicals or the 50 Food Panel.
The test results will provide a report that graphically represents foods and substances in groups:
Green: Indicates acceptable foods or substances / no reaction (This is not an allergy test so allergens may be listed here.)
Yellow: Indicates a mild intolerance and these items should be avoided if possible or be placed on a 4 day rotational diet, to decrease the food sensitivity within the body
Orange: Indicates a moderate Intolerance and these items should be avoided for a minimum of 3-6 months
Red: Indicates a severe Intolerance and these items should be avoided for a minimum of 6 months.
WHAT TYPE OF PHYSICIAN SHOULD I SEE?
You should see your primary care physician or a gastroenterologist.