Hair Mineral Analysis
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)
HTMA is a safe and non-invasive laboratory test. It measures the levels and comparative ratios of nutrient and toxic minerals found in hair. The test is regarded one of the most valuable screening tools available in everyday and preventative health care.
Importance of minerals?
Minerals are essential for growth, healing, vitality and wellbeing. They provide structural support in bones and teeth, and they maintain the body’s pH and water balance, nerve activity, muscle contractions, energy production and enzyme reactions.
Ideally we should get all the minerals we need from food we eat. Unfortunately in modern society this is more difficult than people realise. Modern farming techniques, fertilisers and depleted soils reduce the mineral content of foods. Environmental pollutants, chemical food additives and stressful lifestyles also have a detrimental effect on our mineral status.
Many health conditions are aggravated by mineral imbalances and toxic metal excesses, including amongst others, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, migraines, learning difficulties and hyperactivity in children.
Benefits of HTMA
- Safe, scientific, non-invasive pathology test.
- Reliable data on more than 35 nutrient and toxic minerals, and over 25 important mineral ratios.
- Valuable health information often not revealed in standard blood and urine tests.
- Discovery of nutrient mineral imbalances or toxic mineral excesses that may be affecting your health.
- Personalised interpretive test reports that assess your current mineral status, highlight areas of concern.
- Provides information for the formulation of an effective treatment plan.
How to take a hair sample
- The hair needs to be clean, well-rinsed, untreated and uncoloured. If hair is treated or coloured, wait six to eight weeks and take a sample from the freshly grown untreated hair.
- Use clean stainless steel scissors to cut the hair. Thinning scissors can be used on very short hair.
- Cut small amounts of hair from the nape of the neck and/or several other locations on the back of the scalp. Cut hair as close to the scalp as possible.
- If the sampled hair is less than 4cm long, keep all of it for testing. If the hair is longer than this, cut off and keep the 4cm of hair that was growing closest to the scalp (discard the excess).
- Place the hair sample in the envelope provided by the laboratory, or in a clean, clearly labelled envelope or sachet.
How much hair?
The laboratory requires about one (heaped) tablespoon of hair for testing.
What kind of hair?
Head hair from the back of the head is recommended for testing. Freshly grown hair cut from close to the scalp reflects the body’s most recent metabolic activity. If head hair is not available, beard or pubic hair can be used. If there is no hair, clean fingernail clippings can be tested. These alternative tissue samples can be used to monitor toxic mineral levels, but may not always provide nutrient mineral data that is as reliable as head hair.
Do not mix different types of tissue samples, that is, do not mix head hair with pubic hair.