Elemental Analysis nutritional test is for patients suspected of recent toxic element exposure and for evaluation of intracellular mineral nutrient status. This toxic element exposure test measures RBC intracellular concentrations of toxic elements and nutrient elements. The vast majority of chemical reactions governing cellular processes are, in turn,regulated by enzymatic reactions. Enzymes usually require mineral cofactors such as magnesium and zinc to operate. Toxic elements, on the other hand, can interfere with enzymatic reactions and disrupt cellular activities. Thus, both element insufficiencies and excesses have a significant impact on health.
Nutrient Element Insufficiency
Unfortunately, nutrient element insufficiencies are pandemic in our society, leading to a variety of health problems. These include:
Zinc deficiency, which can result in stunted growth, poor wound healing, infertility, depressed immunity, and increased occurrence of teratogenicity (developmental malformations), Magnesium deficiency, which contributes to fatigue, depression, osteoporosis, hypertension, and a host of other disorders and Low levels of selenium which are associated with lung and breast cancers. Clearly, accurate assessment of mineral levels is critical to evaluate the causes and contributing factors of illness.
Advantages of the Elemental Analysis Packed Erythrocyte Testing
Levels of nutrient elements in the serum are homeostatically controlled viametabolic, reabsorptive, and excretory mechanisms. Therefore, serum measurement of elements can only reveal extreme deficiencies. Analysis of packed erythrocytes, in contrast, provides a more accurate window into the intracellular status of most minerals. Elemental Analysis, Packed Erythrocytes provides information regarding: Current or recent exposure to toxic elements (hours to weeks) largely independent of tissue stores. For assessment of long-term tissue deposition, a "post-provocation" urine specimen is preferred Levels of six toxic elements and six nutrient elements Results from this nutritional test enable the clinician to design a customized treatment program for the patient geared toward elimination of current toxic exposure or replenishment of critical minerals. Book This Test Now
Specimen Requirements: 2ml packed red blood cells from NaHep tube provided in kit