What Does Hair Mineral Analysis Tell You?
What is hair mineral analysis?
Hair mineral analysis is a sophisticated laboratory evaluation which assesses mineral imbalances and toxicities in the human body. A small sample, less than a tablespoon, of scalp hair is submitted for this screening test to obtain information regarding various nutritional minerals and toxic metals.
Nutritional Minerals and Your Health
Nutritional minerals including magnesium, chromium, zinc, copper and selenium are obligatory co-factors for hundreds of important enzymes and are also essential for the normal functioning of vitamins. In our bodies, nutritional minerals are essential for cellular metabolism, structural support, nervous system conductivity, muscular activities, immune functions, hormone activities, and even DNA function. An imbalance of either an excess or deficiency of these minerals can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, depression, irritability, nervousness, and recurrent infections.
Toxic Elements and Your Health
Our exposure to toxic elements has increased dramatically over the last 50 years from the use of various metals in the industrial processes. Toxic metal accumulations in the body such as: aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury may interfere with proper vitamin and mineral utilization in the human body. Accumulation of toxic metals can cause a multitude symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, anemia, skin rashes, delayed mental development, hyperactivity and behavioral problems in children, reduced sensory abilities (taste, smell, touch, vision, and hearing), metallic taste, emotional and mental disturbances, cardiovascular disturbances, renal impairment, and muscular dysfunctions.
Hair mineral analysis is able to better detect mineral imbalances and toxicities than are traditional blood or urine tests because toxic elements can be 200-300 times more highly concentrated in hair than in blood or urine. As a result, hair mineral analysis is an inexpensive tool to evaluate possible toxic exposure.
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