Hair Mineral Analysis may provide a readily available record of the body’s nutrient, mineral (calcium, copper, zinc, selenium etc) and heavy metals (lead, mercury, aluminium etc) levels and ratios.
Serum mineral levels are measurements of the minerals that are circulating at the moment the sample is taken. Blood serum will maintain its mineral levels at the expense of other organs in the body because of its homeostatic mechanism. Because of this, deficiencies or excesses may be found in the hair first – sometimes months or years before the serum levels become abnormal. A half gram of head or pubic hair is all that is needed or 0.1g of nails. Hair from different collection sites should not be mixed.