Micronutrient Chart

Analysis of hair tissue and minerals

It is a screening test that provides a reading of the content of minerals that are essential for human health, highlighting certain toxic metals and micronutrients present in the interstitial spaces of hair over a period of 2-3 months. It makes use of a particular analysis procedure called ICP-AES (inductively coupled argon plasma atomic emission spectroscopy).

Hair is an excellent tissue for biopsies. It is stable and provides important information about the body’s long-term metabolic activity. Mineral levels in hair are about 10-fold the levels in blood. This ensures more accurate and precise tests.

Moreover, being a soft tissue, hair allows to detect the levels of toxic metals that would be hard to trace in either blood or urine.

Minerals are essential components of enzymatic systems that practically regulate all body functions. Wrong dietary habits, abuse of medicines, stress, environmental pollution, cigarette smoking, hereditary traits and other factors can be some of the recurrent causes of mineral imbalances.

Aluminium, arsenic, cadmium, mercury and lead are heavy metals that can inhibit the body’s normal physiological functions by acting as replacement minerals in some cases, and causing toxic metabolic effects.

Mineral imbalance and the presence of these metals can be the expression of certain tendencies, of altered health conditions that could manifest as persistent mineral imbalance levels and ratios.

An excellent initial step to evaluate an individual’s status of health is to define the activity of the main energy-producing glands, such as thyroid and adrenal glands.

The best thyroid activity indicator in the TMA is the calcium/potassium ratio, while the sodium/magnesium ratio is an important indicator of adrenal activity.

The adrenal glands and thyroid underpin the baseline metabolism observed by the TMA as oxidation rate, the individual’s ’food burning velocity’.

Excessive dietary intake of carbohydrates is often associated with the development of health conditions, such as low blood sugar levels, diabetes, digestive disorders, tiredness and depression. Health and energy depend on the availability of glucose (our fuel) and on the body’s capacity to use it optimally.

Calcium/magnesium and sodium/potassium ratios are some indicators of how the body tolerates sugars and carbohydrates.

Nervous irritability is often associated with a rapid oxidation rate or with copper imbalance that affects the synthesis of biogenic amines, which are neuroactive stimulants.

Anxiety, panic attacks, headache and mood swings can be warning signs of copper imbalance, of an altered sodium/potassium ratio or of low blood glucose levels.

ARL labs in the United States, established by Dr. Paul Eck, with more than thirty years of experience and certified by the Department of Health and Human Services for their highly accurate and sophisticated analysis procedures, can provide a personalised report, both in Italian and in English, with the following information:

  • 16 minerals and 5 toxic metals
  • Stress phases
  • Glandular, immune and nervous system activity
  • Oxidation rate
  • Energy profile
  • Carbohydrate tolerance
  • Metabolic and emotional tendencies
  • Balance-restoring nutritional programme

how can i perform the test ?

Along with the request form, information is provided about procedures to correctly collect a specimen, and also about the hair scale. In practice, you will only need a small amount of hair (ca. 300 mg) collected in the area near the scalp (the first 3 cm).

Results will be given in about 12-15 days.