Hair Mineral Analysis
Why Test For Minerals?
Trace minerals are essential in countless metabolic functions in all phases of the life process.
Zinc is involved in the production, storage, and secretion of insulin and is necessary for growth hormones.
Magnesium is required for normal muscular function, especially the heart. A deficiency has been associated with an increased incidence of heart attacks, anxiety and nervousness.
Potassium is critical for normal nutrient transport into the cell. A deficiency can result in muscular weakness, depression and lethargy.
Excess sodium is associated with hypertension, but adequate amounts are required for normal health.
What Can Cause a Mineral Imbalance?
· Nutritional Supplements
· Inherited Patterns
What Is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis?
Hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA), is an analytical test which measures the mineral content of the hair. The sampled hair, obtained by cutting the first inch and one half of growth closest to the scalp at the nape of the neck, is prepared in a licensed clinical laboratory through a series of chemical and high temperature digestive procedures. Testing is then performed using highly sophisticated detection equipment and methods to achieve the most accurate and precise results.
Why Use The Hair?
Hair is ideal tissue for sampling and testing. First, it can be cut easily and painlessly and can be sent to the lab without special handling requirements. Second, clinical results have shown that a properly obtained sample can give an indication of mineral status and toxic metal accumulation following long term or acute exposure.
The hair tissue mineral analysis test provides more insight into nutritional and possible systemic disturbances that could be interfering with the hair growth cycle.
When you get a mineral analysis done, you will receive a summary of the results and what the elevated nutrient and mineral levels mean. When you receive your results, Significant levels will be highlighted that may impact certain body systems, cellular activity and the hair growth cycle. This review may require a recommendation to a medical professional.
Getting this test done will get you closer to a solution to your concerns about your hair.