Nutritional Profiles

Hair Mineral Analysis (HMA)

Hair mineral analysis (HMA) is a safe, non-invasive test that measures the levels and comparative ratios of nutrients and toxic metals found in hair. Hair mineral analysis can detect whether there is an excess or deficiency of vital nutrient minerals such as calcium, potassium, zinc and iron. It can also identify over-exposure to toxic metals such as aluminium, lead, arsenic and mercury. HMA is an invaluable screening tool in both every day and preventive health care.

This test provides a reading of the minerals deposited in the cells and interstitial spaces of the hair over a 2-3 month period. It does not provide an assessment of the mineral content of other tissues of the body. However, testing the hair can allow one to infer what is occurring in other tissues.

Vitamins, Minerals & Antioxidants

ARL Pathology provides a blood test which can measure a number of trace elements, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, providing valuable information on the body's nutritional and biochemical status.

Substances Tested

A combination of any or all of the following nutrients can be tested:

  • Minerals - Calcium, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Nickel, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc
  • Fluoride
  • Vitamins - A, B1, B6, B12, C, D, E and folate
  • Coenzyme Q10

Total Antioxidant Status (TAS)

There is increasing interest in the role of free radicals in the pathogenesis of many diseases and the protective counter effect of antioxidants. Free radical attack has been linked to numerous pathological conditions in all organs of the body.

Free radicals are defined as chemical species that possess one or more unpaired electrons. The term "Reactive Oxygen Species" (ROS) collectively describes free radicals such as O2•-, OH. and other non-radical oxygen derivatives such as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and hypochlorous acid (HOCI).

Antioxidant protection against this attack may be accountable for an individual’s susceptibility to disease development. Total Antioxidant Status is measured in an individual’s serum or plasma. The assay is based on the reaction between metmyoglobin and hydrogen peroxide, which generates a free radical. This test can measure concentrations at 600nm.

Toxic Metals (Urine & Blood)

ARL Pathology provides a Toxic Metal Analysis that can be performed using specimens of urine or blood. Toxic metal accumulation from chronic dietary, environmental and/or industrial exposure is common and the symptoms are similar to many other health conditions, e.g. fatigue, nausea, insomnia, impaired mental function, nervousness and damage to vital organs.

A blood analysis for toxic metals is ideally used in acute situations to determine the level of recent exposure and toxicity. Urine provides the best specimen type for longer term exposure to toxic metals. This test indicates toxic metal exposure by measuring the excretion of toxic metals from tissue deposits into the urine. It can also be used in an acute situation at the "end of shift" for occupational exposure to toxic metals.

Chelation Analysis (Pre & Post)

ARL Pathology offers Chelation Analysis that provides information on toxic metal accumulation and can be done pre and/or post chelation therapy. Toxic metal accumulation from chronic dietary and/or environmental exposure is common and the symptoms are similar to many other health conditions, eg fatigue, nausea, insomnia, impaired mental function, nervousness and damage to vital organs.

The ability to effectively excrete toxic metals is highly variable and dependant upon protein and nutritional status, antibiotic use, and total toxic load (including all metals, chemicals, drugs and gut-derived toxins).

Urinary Iodine

The measurement of urinary iodine (UI) provides an accurate approximation of dietary iodine intake in view of the fact that the majority of iodine ingested (~90%) is excreted via the urine. Therefore, UI measurements provide a biological indicator of Iodine Deficiency Disorders.

Comprehensive Urine Elements Profile (CUEP)

The Comprehensive Urine Elements Profile (CUEP) assesses the urinary excretion of 15 nutrient elements and 20 toxic metals, acquired through either chronic or acute exposure. This is an ideal test for patients suspected of toxic metal exposure as well as potential nutrient deficiency.

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