Amino Acid Analysis
Amino acids make up proteins found in every tissue of the body and play a major role in nearly every chemical process that affects physical and mental function.
Amino acids have more diverse physiological functions than any other nutrient group, including:
Amino acid levels measured in plasma or urine provide useful information regarding your patient's nutritional and metabolic status – the first step toward successful intervention.
Amino acid analysis is a primary tool for the determination of amino acid imbalances and deficiencies, evaluation of functional vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and diagnosis of metabolic disorders.
Amino acid analysis provides, in a single low-cost procedure, a wide spectrum of valuable nutritional information, giving clinicians a useful and powerful tool for diagnosing metabolic diseases and for monitoring amino acid supplementation.
This allows for an approach that is beyond symptom management, expanding toward true preventive medicine.
Who Should Have the Test?
The test is available to everyone.
It would be particularly valuable for the following conditions:
For those with these conditions, then it could be argued that they should have the test every 12 - 24 months.
How Is It Done?
The Amino acid profile is carried out by collecting a small blood spot sample.
The sample is then sent to the laboratory in the packaging provided.
You must fast for 8 hours prior to taking the blood sample. Drinking water is allowed, but everything else should be avoided.
The sample should not be collected during menstruation, or during a severe cold or flu, fever or urinary tract infection.
The blood spot sample may be collected by your practitioner, but can equally be done by yourself. Clear instructions are provided.
How Accurate are the Results and What Do They Mean?
No test can be 100% accurate. This test is provided by a recognised and respected laboratory, and the results are as accurate as they can be.
There are no comparable tests available in conventional medicine.
This makes the Amino acid profile ideal in preventative medicine, and an approach based on nutrition and other alternative methods.
What Advice Do You Get?
If the results are normal, then there is no need for any treatment. A follow up test would be advisable in 12 - 24 months.
The test will show the levels of the essential amino acids, and any supplementation required. A personalised specific amino acid formula will be advised based on the results.
There is also a more comprehensive amino acid profile available, measuring around 40 different substances. This may be advised for certain patients, but your practitioner would discuss this with you.
How Much Does it Cost?
The current cost of the Amino acid profile is £140. This is subject to change, and you should confirm the cost at the time of ordering.
The cost of the more comprehensive amino acid test is £210.
Further charges may be payable for any further consultations, treatments or tests, but your practitioner would discuss this with you.
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