HAIR TOXIC AND ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS TEST
Hair Elements analysis provides information regarding recent and ongoing exposure to potentially toxic metals, especially methylmercury and arsenic, and time-averaged status of specific nutrient elements. 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. 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.
Nutrient elements including magnesium, chromium, zinc, copper and selenium are obligatory co-factors for hundreds of important enzymes and also are essential for the normal functions of vitamins. The levels of these elements in hair are correlated with levels in organs and other tissues.
THIS TEST IS USED FOR
- Impaired Glucose Tolerance
- Kidney Function
- Parkinson's-like Symptoms
- Sexual Impotence or Decreased
- Vision Problems
- Toxic Element Exposure
- Excessive Fish Consumption
TURN AROUND TIME FOR RESULTS: 7 DAYS
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