Hair Mineral Analysis

What is Hair mineral analysis?

Hair mineral analysis can reveal heavy metal exposure and various mineral imbalances that can be useful in identifying underlying cause for various conditions.

Blood, Urine and Hair. What is the difference?

Blood, Urine and Hair are all valid sites for mineral analysis, and while the testing process is the same, the significance of a test result will need to be interpreted accordingly to the test site.

Blood mineral analysis reflects mineral concentration in circulating blood stream which can fluctuate throughout the day. This sample reflects immediate and acute exposure. Circulating minerals are generally stored or eliminated after 72hrs in the blood.

Urine mineral analysis is useful in the assessment of the body’s ability to eliminate or excrete essential and toxic elements. This sample is useful in monitoring treatment progress and chelation efficacy.

In the event where the body is unable to eliminate minerals and heavy metals, it is then stored in body fat, tissue and hair. This makes hair the ideal sample to show an overall mineral and heavy metal exposure for up to a month.

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Sample Types :
You may collect samples of head hair (from the nape of the neck) or pubic hair. We need 0.3 grams of hair which is about 2 cotton balls worth.

If hair is not an option, you can collect two cuttings of finger and toe nails (i.e. cut both sets of nails once then let them grow and cut them again).

Patient preparation :
Hair is to be of a natural state: no perms, dyes or anti-dandruff shampoo for 3 months prior to collection.

Sending sendaway :
Please collect samples in a clean ziplock bag. Seal your specimen and place in an normal envelope. Include a referral form (you may be self referred) or a note with your name and contact details and we will contact you when samples are received.
Post your sample to PO Box 220 Ermington 2115