Deficiencies in key nutrients can severely affect health and contribute to a number of unpleasant symptoms as well as chronic disease.
Targeted testing for certain vitamins and minerals can help your practitioner to assess your nutrient requirements accurately, assist you in restoring nutrient status effectively to achieve optimal health.
Finding out what your nutrient levels really are will also free you from over-supplementing, as you will know exactly what nutrients your body needs and how much to take.
Emed helps you take the guessing game out of your health.
Emed’s new Mineral Status Profile can benefit anyone, but is particularly recommended for individuals with the following symptoms, conditions or dietary habits:
- Persistent fatigue and/or past history of anaemia
- Regular or occupational exposure to chemicals and environmental toxins
- Recurrent infections, poor wound healing and prolonged recovery time from illness
- Mood and developmental disorders including depression, anxiety and autism spectrum disorders
- Long-term stress
- Poor exercise recovery and muscle cramping
- Digestive conditions which may impair nutrient absorption – eg. Chron’s Disease, Coeliac Disease
- Regular consumption of alcohol and/or caffeine
- Those following a vegan or vegetarian diet
- Those with low intake of organic and fresh produce (fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, etc), and/or a high intake of processed and refined foods
Why Get Tested Through Emed?
Firstly, you will save yourself the time and hassle of having to go and wait at your GP’s clinic for an appointment.
The Qualified Emed team is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the Nutrient Status Profile, and will send you your test referral directly.
All you need to do then is go to your nearest collection centre to have your sample taken for testing – we will even tell you where this is!
When we receive your results, we look at what your mineral levels are, and what they should be for optimal health. We don’t just look at standard references ranges given by test labs, which is how blood tests are often interpreted.
All too often we hear that people are told there is nothing wrong with their blood test results, even though they may be at risk of nutrient deficiencies or excesses, due to large reference ranges.
We take notice if you have any mineral imbalances or suboptimal levels and help you get your health back on track before you become severely deficient in any nutrients. If you already have nutrient deficiencies, we will guide you through restoring nutrient levels safely and effectively.
Minerals Tested (all red blood cell values)
Magnesium – Magnesium is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body, playing a role in energy production, nerve function, muscle relaxation, and bone and tooth formation. In conjunction with calcium and potassium, magnesium regulates heart rhythm; it also plays a role in the production and use of insulin to help regulate blood sugar levels.
Magnesium is easily depleted as it is a water soluble mineral so deficiency is common and can contribute to muscle cramping, premenstrual symptoms, insomnia, fatigue, hypertension and a range of other conditions.
Manganese – manganese is an essential trace element required in the body to activate certain enzymes. It is also forms parts of a specific enzyme group known as metalloenzymes, which play a role in antioxidant systems, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, bone blood clot and protein formation. In addition, manganese is essential for healthy brain function.
Deficiency of manganese may be associated with impaired fertility, growth retardation, birth defects, bone malformations, seizures, diabetes and general weakness.
Copper – Copper is another trace mineral essential to human health. It is involved in antioxidant systems and the formation of collagen, a fundamental protein in bones, skin and connective tissue. Copper is also used by the body for red blood cell formation and utilisation of stored iron, and may play a role in maintaining cardiovascular health, immunity and fertility.
Copper deficiency is most common in individuals with compromised nutrient absorption, however it can also be caused by long term zinc supplementation or zinc excess. Copper toxicity can also cause zinc deficiency, and an imbalance in zinc:copper levels has been found to play a role in many mental health conditions.
Zinc – Zinc is involved in many biochemical reactions including the building of all new tissues, normal immune responses, nerve function and reproduction. Zinc also forms part of the army of protective antioxidants produced within the body.
Zinc deficiency is associated with a number of mood and developmental disorders, compromised immune function, hormonal imbalance and infertility, reduced sense of taste and smell, hair loss and alopecia, and poor growth and development in children.
Selenium – Selenium is a trace mineral that forms an important part of the antioxidant enzyme, glutathione peroxidase. Selenium thereby helps to protect DNA and cells from rogue molecules known as free radicals that are generated from environmental and dietary toxins.
Selenium also plays a protective role in the cardiovascular system, boost immune function, may improve prostate health and helps to slow ageing processes.
Selenium is particularly effective when combined with other antioxidant nutrients such as Vitamin E and C.
Deficiency of selenium and many trace minerals is common as the soil used in conventional farming in Australia (and worldwide) is mineral deplete, therefore reducing dietary supply of minerals.
The Testing Process
Once you have purchased your test, an Emed Integrative Medicine Practitioner will contact you with details of your nearest Healthscope collection centre for you to have your blood sample taken.
Please Note – This test profile can only be used by people with access to Healthscope Collection Centres (Australia wide), as blood samples need to be drawn.
To find out where your nearest Healthscope Collection Centre is contact us.
Once your results have been processed, your Emed Practitioner will analyse the test results for you and provide an easy-to-understand but comprehensive manual and report.
The comprehensive manual will show you:
- What your mineral levels are, and what they should be
- What dietary, lifestyle and nutritional strategies to take in order to restore optimal mineral levels
- How the different foods in your diet may be affecting your mineral status and overall health
- Which exact natural supplements are right for you based on your individual result
- What dosage and time to take your nutritional supplements, if required
Ongoing online support from Dr. Hooper and The Emed Team to help you implement any recommended dietary changes and get the best results from the test.
What The Cost Covers
The website cost for the Mineral Status Profile covers the test referral, the test itself, processing of all information and interpretation and collation of final results into your personalised comprehensive report.
Fees for physical transportation to your nearest collection centre are to be covered by yourself at time of appointment.