Minerals & Toxic Metals – Hair Analysis
Hair analysis provides important information regarding recent and ongoing exposure to potentially toxic metals, such as mercury and arsenic. As protein is synthesized in the hair follicle, elements are incorporated permanently into the hair. Scalp hair is easy to sample, and because it grows an average of one to two cm per month, it contains a "temporal record" of element metabolism and exposure to toxic elements. The levels of elements in hair are correlated with levels in organs and other tissues.
Hair analysis for toxic and essential elements can help determine if metal toxicity or mineral deficiency is contributing to a disorder, monitor the effects of chelation (elimination of heavy metals from the body), and identify if supplementation of important minerals may bring about significant improvements.
Why this test is important:
Many elements are considered nutrients and are essential for the proper functioning of the body. These are generally divided between macrominerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc, and trace minerals including selenium, iodine, boron and molybdenum.
Conversely, there are a number of elements that are toxic to the human body, interfere with its functioning and undermine health—such as mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, and arsenic. These toxic metals have no known physiological functions. They can be toxic to organ systems and may disrupt the balance of essential nutrients. Toxic metals and essential element status can be assessed in urine, blood, feces and hair.
Toxic elements may be 200 to 300 times more highly concentrated in hair than in blood or urine. Therefore, hair is the tissue of choice for detection of recent exposure to elements such as arsenic, aluminum, cadmium, lead, antimony and mercury. The CDC acknowledges the value of hair mercury levels as a maternal and infant marker for exposure to neurotoxic methylmercury from fish.
You should consider testing if you have:
- Toxic element exposure
- Excessive fish consumption
- Impaired glucose tolerance
- Impaired kidney function
- Parkinson's-like symptoms
- Sexual impotence or decreased testosterone production
- Vision problems
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Detailed instructions will be sent to you with the test kit.
All tests are authorized and reviewed by a physician from our partner laboratory, DHA Laboratory.Sample Test Report
In approximately 14 business days, DHA Laboratory will email you your test results. For a detailed interpretation of your results as well as recommendations for next steps, please schedule a consultation with a Village Green nutritionist.
Email a Village Green nutritionist or call 800-869-9159.
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