Hair mineral analysis (HMA) is a safe, non-invasive test that measures the levels and comparative ratios of nutrients and toxicmetals found in hair.
Hair mineral analysis can detect whether there is an excess ordeficiency of vital nutrient minerals such as calcium, potassium, zincand iron. It can also identify over-exposure to toxic metals such asaluminium, lead, arsenic and mercury.
The Hair Mineral Analysis from Emed Orthomolecular Medicine, you can now find out the exact levels and comparative ratios of nutrients and toxic metals in your body.
Hair mineral analysis (HMA) is a safe, non-invasive test that determines these amounts with a simple test using your hair.
HMA is an invaluable screening tool in both every day and preventive health care.
How is a Hair Mineral Analysis performed?
This special analytical test measures the levels of trace minerals and toxic metals found in a sample of hair. The sample is obtained by cutting a small amount of hair from the nape of the neck.
A hair specimen equivalent to 0.5 grams is required for an accurate Hair Mineral Analysis.
The hair sample is then prepared in a clinical laboratory through a series of chemical and high temperature procedures.
Why is Hair Used in This Test?
Hair is ideal for testing. It can be cut easily and painlessly, and it does not require complicated handling.
The main reason however is that clinical results have shown that a properly obtained sample can give an indication of mineral status and toxic metal accumulation following long term or even acute exposure.
The hair tissue itself is made up of cells called matrix cells. These cells, in simple terms, depend on the blood supply or their nutrition while being formed.
As the hair shaft develops, minerals and other trace elements are keratinised (formed into keratin; a fibrous protein found in the hair and nails). This process essentially gives a blueprint of the biochemistry occurring, mineral balances and toxic metal exposure.
Think of it as a report that is permanently recording the past events of your health, diet, environment and wellbeing.
Why Should I Get This Test Done?
Trace minerals are essential to the many metabolic functions in all phases of the life process. These minerals not only provide the building blocks to life itself, but are also crucial in the production of hormones and enzyme activity.
What Will The Report Look Like?
The report from Emed is very in depth. You will know what toxic elements and nutrients are present in your hair. You will have specific data to see if they are within normal range and comprehensive information about decreased or elevated amounts.
We will also provide some nutritional solutions and specific products that you can use to help restore your body to a normal state.
Please note: Turn around time for this test is 16-20 working days from the date the sample is received at the laboratory.
What Minerals are Tested and Why are They Important?
Calcium – Calcium in the blood plasma has manyimportant functions, including the formation of bones and teeth,coagulation of blood, contraction of muscles, cardiac function, milkproduction, the relay of electrical and chemical messages throughoutcells of the body, and keeps membranes of the cell intact. It alsoplays a crucial role in the transformation of light to electricalimpulses in the retina, and combines with phosphorus to give strengthand firmness to the skeleton or bony structure of the body.
Magnesium – Magnesium is required for normal muscularfunction, especially in the heart. Defiency has been linked with anelevated risk of heart attacks, anxiety, vascular disturbances,hyperexcitability, convulsions and even death.
Phosphorus – Phosphorus plays a part in nearly everychemical reaction in the body, and performs more function than anyother mineral. Phosphorus is important for the growth, maintenance andrepair of cells, and the production of energy. It provides energy formuscle contraction and nerve impulses, and a proper supply ensuresheart regularity, strong teeth, tooth enamel and body growth andrepair. Deficiency can results in weak or fragile bones, teeth,fatigue, weakness, joint pain and stiffness, confusion, lack of energyand susceptibility to infections.
Potassium – Potassium is needed for growth, buildingmuscles, transmission of nerve impulses and heart activity. It sendsoxygen to the brain to facilitate mental clarity, and helps to lowerblood pressure. Potassium aids in allergy treatment, reduces pain fromarthritis, and regulates the heartbeat. Deficiency can cause weakness,irregular heartbeat, and failure to replace low levels of potassiumcould lead to heart failure.
Sodium – Sodium is an electrolyte that plays a crucialrole in the maintenance of blood pressure. Sodium regulates acid-basebalance in the body, and is also involved in nerve transmission andmuscle contraction, including the heartbeat. Deficiency can causeweakness, apathy, and nausea as well as cramps in the muscles of theextremities.
Chromium – Chromium enhances insulin performance andglucose utilization. It helps the body regulate metabolism, insulin andblood sugar levels, whilst also preventing and lowering high bloodpressure. Chromium helps the body lose weight by stimulating enzymesthat metabolize glucose for energy. Deficiency can cause anxiety,hyperinsulinism, ADD, hypoglycemia, hyperactivity, arteriosclerosis,impaired growth, infertility, obesity, depression, diabetes and highblood cholesterol.
Copper – Copper helps oxidize glucose and releaseenergy. It helps the body absorb iron, and carries oxygen in the bloodstream. It is essential for the proper production of red blood cells.Deficiency can result in a depletion of oxygen in the cells, lowerlevels of HDL cholesterol, skin problems, swollen ankles and anaemia.
Iron – Iron is necessary for many functions in thebody including haemoglobin, brain development and function, regulationof body temperature, muscle activity and catecholamie metabolism. Lackof iron directly affects the immune system by diminishing the number ofT-cells and the production of antibodies. A common symptoms ofdeficiency is low iron levels or anaemia.
Manganese – Manganese is a trace mineral that can helpreduce fatigue levels, prevent the incidence and severity ofosteoporosis, and even improve memory. It can reduce heavy menstrualflows and improve thyroid function. Manganese deficiency had beenlinked to infertility, bone malformation, weakness, seizures,atherosclerosis, confusion, convulsions, eye problems, hearingproblems, heart disorders, high cholesterol levels, hypertension,irritability, memory loss, muscle contractions, pancreatic damage,profuse perspiration, rapid pulse, tooth grinding, tremors, andosteoporosis.
Selenium – Selenium primarily functions as an antioxidant, working with vitamin E to prevent free radical damage to cell membranes.
Seleniumis involved with the production of thyroid hormone, and will help tostimulate white blood cell and thymus function. Deficiency maycontribute to the development of cancer and heart disease, immuneproblems, inflammatory conditions mostly of the skin, muscular weaknessand fatigue.
Silicon – Silicon is an essential trace mineralrequired by the body for stronger bones, better skin and more flexibleand strong joints. Silicon is essential for the strength and integrityof the arteries, and therefore helps to maintain cardiovascular health.It has shown positive results in slowing the ageing process. Defiencycan cause sensitivity to the cold, premature ageing, loss of hair, poorbone development and brittle nails.
Zinc – Zinc is involved in the production, storage andsecretion of insulin, and is crucial in the metabolism of the ovariesand testes. Zinc is necessary for a healthy immune system, and is alsoof use in fighting skin problems such as acne, boils and sore throats.Deficiency can result in hair loss, diarrhoea, fatigue, delayed woundhealing, decreased growth rate and mental development in infants. Othersymptoms may include an under performing immune system, allergies, lossof smell, skin problems and disturbed sleep.
Aluminium – Aluminium is one of the most widely usedmetals and also one of the most frequently found compounds in theearths?? crust. When one is exposed to high concentrations, it can causeserious health problems such as damage to the central nervous system,dementia, loss of memory, listlessness and severe trembling.
Arsenic – Arsenic compounds are mainly used aspesticides and to preserve woods. Long term exposure to arsenic hasbeen linked to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, nasalpassages, liver and prostate. Low level exposure can cause decreasedproducts of red and white blood cells, abnormal heart rhythm and damageto blood vessels.
Cadmium – Cadmium is found naturally in smallquantities in air, water and soil, however excess from industrialwaste, car exhausts and manufacturing can become airborn. Cadium has nobeneficial effect on human health. A build up in the body can causelung damage, kidney disease, weak bones, stomach irritation, vomitingand slow healing.
Lead – Lead is a soft metal that has been used forthousands of years. It is one of the four most dangerous metals found,and can enter the body through food, water and air. Lead can cause manyunwanted effects, such as blood disruption, high blood pressure, kidneydamage, miscarriages and subtle abortions, nervous system disruption,brain damage, decreased male fertility, diminished learning abilitiesof children and behavioural disruptions of children, such asaggression, impulsive behaviour and hyperactivity. Lead also has theability to enter a foetus through the placenta of the mother. Becauseof this, lead can can serious damage to the nervous system and thebrains of unborn children.
Mercury – Mercury is a heavy metal, sometimes known asquicksilver, that occurs naturally in the environment in differentchemical forms. Mercury and all of its compounds are toxic, andexposure to higher-than-normal levels can permanently damage or fatallyinjure the brain and kidneys. Other health effects mercury causesinclude allergic reactions, gastrointestinal damage, neurologicaldamage and memory loss.