The Metabolic Analysis Markers are organic acids, which refers to a broad class of compounds formed during fundamental metabolic processes of the body. Metabolic reactions produce carboxylic acid compounds derived from the digestion of dietary protein, fat, and carbohydrates. The resulting organic acids are used by the body to generate cellular energy and provide many of the building blocks necessary for cell function. The quantitative measurement of specific organic acids in urine allows the simultaneous assessment of mitochondrial function, potential nutritional inadequacies, neurotransmitter metabolism, potential microflora imbalances in the gut, and concerns regarding environmental exposures. Metabolic analysis test is recommended for:
- Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Children with slow development
- Neurological disorders
- Chronic exhaustion
- Weight gain for no reason
- Abnormal digestive system
- Malfunctioning immunity
Urine Amino acid Analysis
Amino acids are the building blocks that make up proteins in tissues (i.e. bone, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nails, hair, glands and organs) and the basic constituent of hormones, enzymes, and neurotransmitters. Since amino acids are essential to our body , deficiencies or imbalances in these compounds can lead to disorders of behavior and mood, digestion and absorption, hormone balance, cardiovascular function, detoxification, oxidative stress, pH regulation, and the musculoskeletal system. The complete Amino Acid Analysis assesses nutritionally essential amino acids, non-essential amino acids, and intermediary metabolites that provide insight into B-vitamin, amino acid, and digestive support needs.
Urine Indican Test
The urine test for indican is an indicator of intestinal dysbiosis and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Indican is a by-product (chemically an indole) produced when intestinal bacteria react with the amino acid tryptophan. Most of the indoles formed are excreted in the feces while a very small amount is absorbed by the intestine, metabolized in the liver, and excreted as indican in the urine.The amount of indican in the urine increases when inefficient digestion of proteins takes place. When proteins are not adequately assimilated by the body, bacteria metabolize them and break them down in the large intestine with the simultaneous production of indoles, which are absorbed and converted in the liver to indicant.
Urine Kryptopyrrole Test
The condition Pyroluria may be a common undiagnosed feature of many emotional and behavioural disorders. Pyroluria is a condition which causes the body to over-produce a group of compounds known as “kryptopyrroles”. The measurement of urinary kryptopyrroles may be indicated for individuals with behavioural and emotional disorders such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
Essential and Metabolic Fatty acids
The Essential and Metabolic Fatty Acids (EMFA) markers give an overall sense of the relationship of the different families of EMFAs to each other and their degree of balance or imbalance. Measured fatty acids include the polyunsaturated Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids; monounsaturated fats (Omega-7 fats and Trans fat); and saturated fatty acids. This assessment provides a snapshot of dietary intake, as well as support, for clinicians regarding patient education around dietary changes.
Heavy Metal Blood & Urine
Heavy metals are natural metallic elements with the potential to be harmful to people. They may also be known as toxic metals. Heavy metal testing looks for elevated levels of these metals in the body.A “heavy metals panel test” measures multiple heavy metals in one test sample. Testing frequently uses either a blood or urine sample, but heavy metals can also be detected in hair and fingernails.This type of test is most often ordered when a person has symptoms of heavy metal poisoning or has been exposed to heavy metals. It may also be used as a standard screening for young children in some states.
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