Hair Mineral Analysis

Hair Mineral Analysis Helps To Assess Your Toxic Metal Exposure & Nutrient Mineral Reserves.

Adequate and balanced nutrient minerals are essential for the structural integrity of your bones, teeth, and connective tissue acting as co-factors in hundreds of enzymes and therefore regulating all chemical processes in the body allowing electrical activity in the body, essential for nerve conduction and for muscle contraction and relaxation regulating fluid balance throughout the body via a process known as osmosis. Simply put, minerals are indispensable for life. The Hair Mineral Analysis measures nutrient minerals that are essential for your health.

In addition, our environment contains numerous heavy metals that are toxic to us because they interfere with the function of our nutrient minerals. We are frequently exposed to many toxic or heavy metals as by-products of modern industrialised life. Mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium are some of the most common, but this Hair Mineral Analysis measures a potentially toxic minerals you may have been exposed to and that may be affecting your health.

Useful Information derived from Hair Mineral Analysis:

  • Excellent screening test for toxic heavy metal exposure
  • Accurately measures many nutrient mineral levels
  • Measures long-term mineral status, ~3 months
  • Inexpensive (£65), easy to collect, and non-invasive

Mineral ratios offer some general indications of your underlying metabolic rate as well as your thyroid and adrenal function

  • Calcium : Phosphorus ratio reflect metabolic rate
  • Calcium : Potassium ratio reflect thyroid activity
  • Sodium : Potassium reflect adrenal function
  • Sodium : Magnesium ratio reflect adrenal reserve
  • Zinc : Copper ratio reflect nerve and brain hyperactivity

While hair mineral analysis is an excellent test, it has some significant limitations that must be taken into consideration when interpreting your results.

Some Limitations of Hair Mineral Analysis:

Hair is always subject to external contamination, since it is obviously outside your body, but by observing the patterns of antagonistic minerals we can often identify if external contamination is an issue – for example mercury is antagonistic to selenium and if an elevated mercury burden is real and not due to an external contamination, then your selenium levels in the hair should be low. Each heavy metal has its antagonist nutrient minerals, increasing the likelihood of identifying potential contamination.

Some important minerals, specifically calcium, magnesium, and zinc, are idiosyncratic – either low or high levels in the hair indicates the need for additional supplementation of these minerals. Low levels reflect nutrient insufficiency, while high levels indicate metabolic “dumping”. 

Hair levels of potassium, iron, and copper do not reflect body levels and are only useful in ratios or to identify external contamination.

All hair tests are not created equal. Most hair testing laboratories use an older and cheaper technology known as ICP-Atomic Emission Spectroscopy to measure the mineral levels in your hair, but the results are simply not reproducible – if you send them two samples, you will likely get two completely different results. Genova Diagnostics is one of only a few labs in the world that uses state-of-the-art ICP- Mass Spectrometry which is much more accurate and produces highly reproducible results.

To order a hair mineral test, please telephone our office. The cost of a hair mineral analysis from Genova Diagnostics is £65 which includes a full colour laboratory report with interpretation. However, because of the challenges associated with accurate interpretation of Hair Mineral Analysis, rather than just return the laboratory report, Sarah Kaye, will review the results and offer an inclusive feedback session at no additional charge and give you a list of supplements that may be indicated to help support your mineral metabolism and health.

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