Outcome on specific Nutritional supplementation changes and the effects on Blood Chemistry, micronutrient status and training tolerance in 2-month cycle period in a healthy 51-year-old male undergoing a cardiovascular and strength training program

A Case Report Joseph A. Sheppard, DC


There’s a lot to say about cutting edge technology in terms of knowing what your performance data as an athlete thru power, heart rate, speed/cadence, stride or stroke thru cycling computers and smart/fitness watches. You can truly know how physiologically you’re performing from the inside via year-round blood chemistry testing. Athlete Blood Test (ABT) gives the athlete the affordability to test blood chemistry as only high-performance athletes exclusively in professional and Olympic athletes have done in the past. Their information was quite valuable to know exactly how my overall health was and gave specific recommendations/modifications in my nutritional supplements to improve and optimize my health and overall athletic performance. There Gold Blood panel is a quite comprehensive look at how your overall health status is through 3 key performance factors: red blood cells, micronutrient status and training tolerance. There company gives you the ability to access your own blood chemistry health, overall performance and nutritional status in a simple highly effective way without the required office visit or physician referrals. This highly extensive Gold Panel gave me sufficient baseline information to modify and change my nutritional supplementation (Lower sodium intake during winter, reduce B12, increase Vitamin D and optimize Iron absorption) to improve my health and optimize general performance quite efficiently. The Bronze Panel (Pre-Race) provides a basic “systems check” of the most critical blood markers related to performance. Although the Bronze Panel does not provide many long-term recommendations, it does cover the Complete Blood Count with Differential, Comprehensive Metabolic Panel and Training Tolerance which was my 8-week periodic follow-up to the Gold Panel’s recommendations.

Standard Process Chlorophyll Complex Perles are a fat-soluble organic chlorophyll with blood building factors (particularly red blood cells-RBC), fat-soluble vitamins A/K/E/F, mineral source of magnesium /iron /potassium/trace minerals /lecithin, supports blood purification, hormone precursor and the liver. Standard Process Zypan supports healthy digestion and gastrointestinal pH with enzymatic support for protein digestion, provides pancreatin, pepsin and betaine hydrochloride. Desiccated liver supplements have been an essential part of my diet and nutritional support for over 32 years, dating back to my bodybuilding/powerlifting days.  Endurance athletes have also realized the incredible nutritional value of liver. Liver provides heme iron, high quality protein, and B vitamins, thereby meeting several of the increased nutritional needs of athletes in a single serving. Heme iron is responsible for hemoglobin’s ability to carry oxygen in red blood cells. Heme iron is the best absorbed and most bio-available iron sources. And liver is nature’s best source of heme iron. As you know, red blood cells are responsible for transporting oxygen to all the tissues of the body. They do this by binding oxygen to hemoglobin, the red pigment in the blood. Hemoglobin is a protein that includes a special chemical structure known as hem- complex of porphyrin and iron. And it’s the iron which binds oxygen in the lungs and subsequently releases it in the muscles and other peripheral tissues. Muscles contain myoglobin, an oxygen-carrying protein that works inside cells. Like hemoglobin, myoglobin also requires iron to bind oxygen. Without the iron, the whole oxygen transport system won’t work. Not only that, but iron is also required by the enzymes in the electron transport chain-the series of reactions in which oxygen is consumed in the cells. Iron is required not only for transporting oxygen to the tissues but also for its use inside cells. Because of its critical role in oxygen utilization, iron has earned its reputation for occupying a central position in energy metabolism. I have realized the importance of this food supplement and the key nutrients in my diet for recovery, strength and for overall endurance. The Argentine beef liver is free from hormones, additives or pesticides.

This study will show the outcome on specific Nutritional supplementation changes and the effects on Blood Chemistry, micronutrient status and training tolerance in 2-month cycle period in a healthy 51-year-old male undergoing a cardiovascular and strength training program 


A 51-year-old male (Pescatarian) was tested over a 2-month period using the Athletes Blood testing for blood analysis. Supplemental changes include D3 one tablet per day, 1/8 teaspoon of desiccated liver powder 2 times per day, Standard Process Chlorophyll Complex Perles 6 per day, Standard Process Zypan digestive enzyme 2 per day. Workouts were performed 5 days a week of alternating cardiovascular training (rowing, swimming and cycling) and heavy resistance exercises. Blood draw testing was performed mid afternoon with non-fasting sample. My diet also included small serving of fish 2-3 times per week, 4-6 eggs per week, Lentils/Quinoa, 7-9 daily servings of Fruits and vegetables, 3-4 cheese servings per week with 2 servings rice/coconut/almond (rotated daily) milk daily.


See Attached ABT Report Results on 12-8-2017 and 2-10-2018

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During the 2 months of training, my overall training performance was good and energy level increased with additional changes in Blood chemistry and decreased cortisol (stress). The Complete RBC count increased by 7.71% with improvements in hemoglobin 6.71% and hematocrit 4.76 %. Iron level increased substantially by 110% from 46 to 97 and was still within the average of the normal range (38-169). Ferritin (stored iron) decreased by 21% from 133 to 105. There was a mild increase in Vitamin D by 33% from 32 to 43.9. There was a slight reduction in B12 of 6.66% even with no specific B12 supplements consumed. Training tolerance improved was a reduction in Cortisol by 25% showing an increase in the body’s adaption process to stress changes.  It is my opinion that the 8 week follow up Athlete Blood Testing showed the importance of regular blood chemistry profile and the valuable insight as to nutritional supplemental/dietary recommendations and training strategies that validate the health and performance of the athlete.