Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) provides valuable information on existing health conditions. Further, it helps with early detection and prevention of conditions, as mineral imbalances are very often seen well before symptoms and cell damage occurs.

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis provides clinical data missed by standard blood, urine and stool testing. It  provides important information to help you get your health back on-track and maintain wellness in all stages of life!

HTMA is an analytical test that measures the mineral composition of hair. It is a safe and non-invasive test that reflects the level of nutrient and toxic elements in body tissue. It is regarded by Integrative Doctors, Naturopaths and Nutritional Therapists as one of the most valuable screening tools available in preventative health care.

Hair is a body tissue made up of mostly dead, keratinized cells fused together. The shaft of the hair is the portion that projects from the skin’s surface. The root of the hair, below the skin’s 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 keratinized into the growing hair shaft, creating a permanent record of metabolic activity and exposure to toxic elements.

Research has shown that hair tissue is useful in indicating nutrient imbalances and exposure to toxic elements. If your health, diet or environment has created a mineral imbalance or toxic mineral excess, it will be recorded in the hair shaft.

  • Hair specimens can be collected more quickly and easily than blood, urine, or any other tissue, using a non-invasive method.
  • Hair analysis is more cost-effective than mineral testing through other means.
  • Unlike blood, hair is less susceptible to the homeostatic mechanisms that quickly affect trace element levels.
  • Long-term deviations of mineral retention or losses are more easily detected in hair than blood.
  • Hair testing reveals key information about your level of metabolic activity.
  • Concentrations of most elements in the hair are significantly higher than found in the blood and other tissues.
  • Hair provides a record of past as well as present trace element levels, i.e. biological activity.
  • Hair provides information of substances entering the hair from the blood serum as well as from external sources.
  • Hair is invaluable in the assessment of toxic metal levels.
  • Hair testing measures mineral imbalances that can directly affect related vitamin activity.

The cost of this test is $249

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