Hair Mineral & Toxic Metal Profile

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Hair Mineral & Toxic Metal Profile

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Hair mineral analysis provides an inexpensive and non-invasive way to get an indication of nutritional and toxic metal status. It is an ideal starting point for children, those who are adverse to needles or who can’t reach a phlebotomy centre to have bloods drawn.

Sample: hair

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Sample type: hair
Turnaround time: 10-14 days
Location: home
Biolab datasheet
Sample report

Hair mineral analysis provides an inexpensive and non-invasive way to get an indication of nutritional and toxic metal status. It is an ideal starting point for children, those who are adverse to needles or who can’t reach a phlebotomy centre to have bloods drawn.

The report covers the following -

Nutritional minerals:
Calcium
Magnesium
Phosphorus
Potassium
Sodium
Iron
Copper
Zinc
Chromium
Manganese
Selenium

Toxic metals:
Nickle
Cobalt
Lead
Mercury
Cadmium
Arsenic
Aluminium

INSTRUCTIONS
This test is to be carried out as a home test unless you are having other tests done at Biolab.

About 0.5g of hair (approx. 1 heaped tablespoon) to be cut from as close to the scalp as possible from the back of the head, or nape of the neck. If hair is long, only the most recent hair growth (max. 4cm) can be included in the sample. Small samples can be collected from multiple areas rather than all from one location, if preferred.

If hair has recently been coloured or treated in any way, you must wait for 6-8 weeks for new hair growth and do not included treated hair in the sample.

Your hair dresser may be able to assist with the process of taking a sample.

NOTE
Certain hair products can leave a residue which includes mineral deposits – for example, anti-dandruff shampoos often result in an elevated zinc reading. This can be identified as levels are well above normal physiological levels but will invalidate the reporting on that particular mineral and thus may mask an insufficiency.

LIMITATIONS
Hair mineral analysis correlates well with other forms of mineral testing (see datasheet for more information), however, if a deficiency or excess of a metal is identified through HMA, it is recommended to follow up with blood tests. This is particularly important if monitoring an intervention since hair mineral analysis will be reporting on an ‘average’ of mineral displaced into the hair over a period of time (since the hair takes weeks/months to grow).