Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
Minerals are essential for growth, healing, vitality and wellbeing. They provide structural support in bones and teeth, and they maintain the body's pH and water balance, nerve activity, muscle contractions, energy production and enzyme reactions. They are the basic ‘spark plugs' of life.
Ideally we should get all the minerals we need from a balanced diet. Unfortunately today this is rarely possible. Modern farming techniques, fertilisers and depleted soils reduce the mineral content of foods. Environmental pollutants, chemical food additives and stressful lifestyles also have a detrimental effect on our nutritional status.
Many health conditions are aggravated by mineral imbalances and toxic metal excesses, including cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, migraines, learning difficulties and hyperactivity in children, to name just a few.
Consequently, we need to test and monitor our nutritional status more than ever.
Benefits of HTMA
Safe, scientific, non-invasive pathology test.
Reliable data on more than 35 nutrient and toxic minerals, and over 25 important mineral ratios.
Valuable health information often not revealed in standard blood and urine tests.
Discovery of nutrient mineral imbalances or toxic mineral excesses that may be affecting your health.
Personalised patient and doctor interpretive test reports that assess your current mineral status, highlight areas of concern and recommend dietary changes and supplements for improved health and wellbeing.
Hair tissue mineral analysis is an analytical test that measures nutrient and toxic mineral content of hair. As the constituents of the hair are determined by the entry of substances from external sources and from substances that enter it from the blood stream, hair makes an ideal medium for analysis. Levels of particular toxic and nutrient minerals can be used to diagnose behavioural disorders.
Hair is used as one of the tissues of choice by the United States Environmental Protection agency in determining toxic metal exposure with the following summary:
“The milk, urine, saliva and sweat measure the component that is absorbed but excreted.
The blood measures the component absorbed and temporarily in circulation before excretion and/or storage.
The hair, nails and teeth are tissues in which trace minerals are sequestered and/or stored.”
Since the structure of hair remains unchanged, the minerals are fixed in the hair and levels in hair do not significantly change once that portion of hair has grown. The analysis accurately provides concentrations of minerals that have accumulated in the hair tissue over the hair growth period, approximately one to three months. Human head hair is a recording filament that can reflect metabolic changes.
Hair Analysis - What we test for
We analyse the hair sample for a broad range of 39 essential, non-essential as well as toxic elements. The result provides us with a comprehensive overview of the nutrient and toxic mineral content of your hair, together with significant ratios.
15 Essential Elements:
Boron, Chromium, Manganese Selenium Calcium, Zinc, Molybdenum, Sodium, Cobalt, Iron, Phosphorous, Sulphur, Copper, Magnesium and Potassium
12 Non-essential Elements:
Aluminium, Lithium, Ribidium, Tin, Bismuth, Nickel, Silica, Titanium, Gold, Platiunum, Strontium, Vanadium
12 Toxic Elements:
Antimony, Beryllium, Lead, Thallium, Arsenic, Cadmium, Mercury, Tungsten, Barium, Germanium, Silver, Uranium