Why test for minerals?
Minerals are essential for growth, healing, vitality and wellbeing. They provide structural support in bones and teeth, and maintain the body's acid-base balance, water balance, nerve conduction, muscles contractions and enzyme functions.
Ideally we should get all the minerals we need from a balanced diet. Unfortunately environmental toxins, chemical food additives and stressful lifestyle, and depleted soils effect on our nutritional status. Consequently, we need to test and monitor our nutritional needs more than ever.
What is a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis?
HTMA is an analytical test that measures the mineral composition of hair. Laboratory provides reliable clinical data on over 35 nutrient and toxic minerals, and over 26 significant mineral ratios.
Why biopsy tissue?
The root of the hair contains living matrix from which the hair growts. Matrix cells depend from the blood supply for nourishment and growth. As they grow and divide, minerals are keratinised into the growing hair shaft, creating a permanent record of metabolic activity and exposure to toxic elements.
Research has shown that hair mineral levels reflect stored mineral levels in other body tissues.
Why not test blood?
Measuring the mineral content of blood gives a good indication of the minerals being transported around the body. However, it can not accurately measure the minerals stored in tissue. Very often, correct serum levels often mask both mineral excesses and deficiencies in tissue mineral concentrations.
Iron deficiency symptoms are present long before low serum iron levels are detected, because the body depletes stored iron in order to maintain normal serum iron levels.
Note: HTMA should be used in conjunction with other appropriate pathology tests for the most comprehensive picture of a person's health.
Conditions affected by mineral imbalances