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Hair Mineral Analysis also known as Heavy Metal Testing or Hair Analysis Test accurately measures the levels of heavy metals and essential minerals. The Hair Mineral Analysis Test gives an accurate indication as to what has been happening in the body for the last 3 to 4 months, making it an excellent tool to ascertain nutritional deficiencies or heavy metal toxicity.
The sad fact is that heavy metals are present in our food chain, atmosphere and environment, they are almost impossible to avoid. Heavy metal testing is an important step to determine not only exposure but also to maintain good health and longevity. Heavy metals provide with no benefit whatsoever, but they do cause an insurmountable amount of damage to cells and organs. Heavy metals also inhibit the absorption of various essential nutrients vital to health.
Heavy Metals Testing or Hair Analysis Test is a simple non-invasive test that requires a sample of hair from either your scalp, pubic region, armpit or chest. This Hair mineral analysis sample is then sent away to a laboratory for analysis. A full set of instructions and any equipment required are provided in our Hair Mineral Analysis Kit.
The hair is a body tissue that is made up of mostly dead, keratinised cells fused together. The shaft of the hair is the portion that projects from your skin surface. The root of your hair, below the skin surface, contains living matrix cells from which, hair grows. The matrix cells depend on blood supply for nourishment and growth. As the hair cells grow and divide, minerals, heavy metals and other substances are trapped within these cells creating a permanent record of metabolic activity and exposure to any toxic heavy metals.
Mineral concentrations in the hair can provide a reliable indicator of mineral stores in whole body. If poor health, diet or environment has created a mineral imbalance or toxic mineral excess, it will be recorded in the hair shaft. Research has shown that hair mineral levels reflect stored mineral levels in other body tissues.
Measuring the mineral content of the blood gives a good indication of the minerals being transported around your body. However, it can not accurately measure the minerals stored in tissue. Often the body's homeostatic mechanisms will maintain proper blood mineral concentrations at the expense of tissue concentrations. For example, iron deficiency symptoms are present long before low serum iron levels are detected, because your body depletes stored iron in order to maintain normal serum iron levels. Another example is about 30-40 days after acute lead poisoning, elevated blood lead levels may be undetectable. This is because the body removes lead from the blood as a protective measure and deposits it into tissues such as the liver, bones, teeth and hair.
Heavy metal testing tests for; aluminium, antimony, arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, uranium.
Hair mineral analysis also tests for the essential minerals; boron, calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, silica, zinc
Yes, the hair mineral anaysis also tests for additional micro minerals that are found in very small quantities in your body and are considered essential to your health but toxic if in excess.
The micro minerals tested are; barium, beryllium (high levels are toxic), bismuth, germanium, gold, lithium, nickel (high levels are toxic), palladium, platinum, silver, strontium, thallium, tin, titanium, vanadium, zirconium.
The Hair Mineral Analysis test contains a full set of instructions and all equipment required to provide your sample for testing. Return post of the Hair Mineral Analysis is included to our Laboratory (Australian Residences Only)
Online Hair Mineral Analysis Kit: $212.60 plus postage.
- Refer to our Diseases and Conditions section on heavy metal toxicity.
- Please visit our store to purchase our E-Book Heavy 'Metals and Your Health.' This reference guide provides details on how we are exposed to heavy metals on a daily basis and can thereby look to avoid them. It also looks at the side effects in terms of health issues by heavy metal exposure.