Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
What Is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis?
Hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA), is an analytical test, a multi-element assay of hair (36 elements), which measures the mineral content of the hair. The sampled hair, obtained by cutting the first inch and one half of growth closest to the scalp at the nape of the neck, is prepared in a licensed clinical laboratory through a series of chemical and high temperature digestive procedures. Testing is then performed using highly sophisticated detection equipment and methods to achieve the most accurate and precise results. Once the analysis is complete you will be sent a HTMA computer designed report. Each test report will provide you with the most complete and comprehensive computer evaluation of significant mineral levels and ratios as tested in the hair. Included is a listing of foods to eat or avoid in accordance with allergy indicators and individualized requirements. In addition, each analysis contains a highly specific listing of nutrients that may assist in balancing the body chemistry.
Why Use The Hair?
Hair is ideal tissue for sampling and testing. First, it can be cut easily and painlessly and can be sent to the lab without special handling requirements. A properly obtained sample can give an indication of mineral status and toxic metal accumulation following long term or acute exposure. In fact, hair is used as one of the tissues of choice by the Environmental Protection Agency in determining toxic metal exposure.
Why Test for Minerals?
Trace minerals are essential in countless metabolic functions in all phases of the life process. Mineral deficiencies can be caused by improper diet, physical and emotional stress, prescription and over the counter medications, pollution, inherited predispositions toward mineral deficiencies, excesses and imbalances, and incorrect or improper nutritional supplement intake.
Did you know?
Zinc is essential in the production of insulin and growth hormones. Excessive zinc however, can reduce the beneficial effect of Vitamin D.
Magnesium deficiency has been associated with an increased incidence of heart attacks, anxiety and nervousness.
Vitamin D can Cause a deficiency of magnesium.
Taking too much calcium alone can contribute to osteoporosis, weight gain and fatigue.
Mineral deficiencies and toxic metal accumulation can contribute to behavioral and learning disorders in children