Tumor Necrosis Factor
Item Catalog Number: LC140673
Life Extension® believes that chronic inflammation modulated by cytokines such as TNF-alpha is the common denominator of all age-related disease. We offer a wide variety of tests which measure the level of inflammation in the body. A dietary and supplement regimen rich in nutrients that help ease inflammation is an important first step towards longevity.
Cytokines are important in the inflammatory response. This test is used to identify elevated levels of TNF-alpha. While inflammation is important for a healthy immune response, the cytokines themselves have the potential for inducing damage.
TNF-alpha is a growth factor for immune cells and osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone. It may be elevated in chronic infections, certain cancers and Hepatitis C.
Fasting is not required for this test. Take all prescription medications as prescribed, but do not take your supplements on the morning of the test. Each of these tests may also be ordered individually.