Nutrient and Toxic Element Testing

Hair tissue analysis is an analytical test that measures the mineral composition of hair. It provides reliable clinical data on over 35 nutrient and toxic minerals and over 26 significant mineral ratios.

Why biopsy hair tissue?

Hair is a body tissue made up of mostly dead, keratinised cells fused together. The shaft of the hair is the portion that projects from the skin surface. The root of the hair, below the skin surface, contains living matrix cells from which the hair grows.  Matrix cells depend on the blood supply for nourishment and growth. As they grow and divide, minerals are keratinised into the growing hair shaft, creating a permanent record of metabolic activity and exposure to toxic elements.

Mineral Concentrations in the hair can provide a reliable indicator of minerals stores in the whole body. If health, diet or environment has created a mineral imbalance or toxic mineral excess, it will be recorded in the shaft.  Research has shown that hair mineral levels reflect stored mineral levels in other body tissues.

Why not test Blood?

Measuring the mineral content of blood gives a good indication of the minerals being transported around the body. However, it cannot accurately measure the minerals stored in the tissue.