Hair is essentially an excretory tissue. Hair element analysis provides important information which, in conjunction with symptoms and other laboratory values, can assist us with an early diagnosis of physiological disorders associated with aberrations in essential and toxic element metabolism. As protein is synthesized in the hair follicle, elements are incorporated permanently into the hair with no further exchange or equilibration with other tissues. Nutrient elements including magnesium, chromium, zinc, copper and selenium are obligatory co-factors for hundreds of important enzymes and are essential for the normal functions of vitamins. The levels of these elements in hair are correlated with levels in organs and other tissues. Toxic elements may be 200 to 300 times more highly concentrated in hair than in blood or urine. Therefore, hair is the tissue of choice for detection of recent exposure to elements such as arsenic, aluminum, cadmium, lead, antimony and mercury. Hair element analysis is a valuable and inexpensive screen for physiological excess, deficiency or maldistribution of elements. It should not be considered a stand-alone diagnostic test for essential element function and should be used in conjunction with patient symptoms and other laboratory tests. Sampling hair is a better way to look at long term problems, especially chronic low-level exposure to toxic materials bothering your animals. Hair mineral analyses are screening tests only and do not diagnose disease. However, a properly interpreted hair analysis can reveal various mineral imbalances that indicate a tendency for various conditions.
A hair mineral analysis provides a picture of body chemistry including: Heavy Metal Toxicity, Mineral Deficiencies and Imbalances, Metabolic Rate (fast or slow), Adrenal Fatigue, Thyroid Function, Nervous System Imbalances, Protein Synthesis, Inflammation, Energy Levels, Mental Health Issues, Liver & Kidney Stress, Carbohydrate Tolerance & Blood Sugar Imbalances like Diabetes and Insulin Resistance.