The Amino Acids Analysis nutritional test helps to identify metabolic imbalances underlying many chronic disorders. Specifically, this nutritional test evaluates dietary protein adequacy and assimilation, as well as metabolic imbalances underlying many chronic disorders. With the precise results and comprehensive commentary provided, nutritional deficiencies, metabolic impairments, and amino acid transport disorders can be accurately identified and corrected. Book This Test Now
Why is this test important?
Amino acids are the building blocks that make up protein in all bodily tissues, including bone, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nails, hair, glands and organs. Amino acids are also the basic constituents of all hormones, enzymes and neurotransmitters. Assessment of amino acid levels will help to identify contributors to illness and allow for precise replacement of deficient amino acids. Because various vitamins and minerals are used as cofactors in amino acid metabolism, imbalances in amino acids noted on the test report can also point to insufficiencies of some of these cofactor nutrients. Inborn dysfunctions of metabolism, such as phenylketonuria (PKU) or cystinuria, may be revealed by this profile.
What does this test involve?
This test can either be performed on a 24-hour urine collection or a fasting plasma specimen. The Urine and Plasma Amino Acids Analysis reports consist of 43 and 41 individual metabolites, respectively. A Urine or Plasma "Representativeness" index provides a quick measurement of reliability of the specimen for testing. The report includes detailed commentary on abnormal findings, a "Supplement Schedule" which lists recommended replacement amounts of the subnormal amino acids, and an "Interpretation At A Glance" which suggests the likelihood of imbalances in the various systems as well as insufficiencies of the nutrient cofactors.
What are the consequences of Amino Acid imbalances?
Because amino acids are involved in every bodily system, deficiencies or imbalances in these compounds can lead to disorders of behavior and mood, digestion and absorption, hormone balance, cardiovascular function, detoxication, oxidative stress, pH regulation, and the musculoskeletal system.
The Importance of Amino Acids:
Amino acids are essential to life. In free form or linked as peptides they assume important roles in such activities as:Neurotransmitter function, Pain control, pH regulation, Detoxification, Cholesterol metabolism and Control of inflammation. Amino acids comprise the building blocks of all of the body´s structural tissues and hormones. All of these compounds utilize, or derive from, the essential amino acids provided by the diet. Determination of the adequacy of amino acids, proper balance between them, and conversion capability are of paramount importance in preventing illness and getting to the root of many chronic disorders.
Genova Diagnostics Amino Acids Analysis nutritional test:
Employs state-of-the-art high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) to perform the most comprehensive and sensitive assay available, Utilizes 24-hour urine, first morning void (FMV) or fasting plasma. Measures more than 40 analytes, providing information related to a wide spectrum of metabolic and nutritional disorders such as:
Food and chemical sensitivities
Depression or behavioral disorders, including autism and ADHD
Inborn errors of metabolism
Clinical utility of the Amino Acids Analysis nutritional test:
Measured biomarkers are grouped on the report into functional categories. These include:
Nutritionally essential and semi-essential amino acids
Dietary peptide-related markers
Non-essential protein amino acids
Intermediary metabolites and diagnostic markers
A Supplementation Schedule is provided with the report, along with suggested replacement amounts. This schedule can then be used by a compounding pharmacist to formulate a customized blend of amino acids for the patient. In addition, an Interpretation at a Glance is provided with each report. Although extensive commentary accompanies the report, this practical guide allows the practitioner to quickly spot problem areas in the patient. Scores for the likelihood of vitamin and mineral insufficiencies as well as defects in particular organ systems are listed.
Test Type: Urine Test
Specimen Requirements: 15ml Aliquot of urine (24-hour urine collection-preserved with sulfosalicylic acid) OR 15ml Aliquot of urine (First morning void-preserved with sulfosalicylic acid)