Hair Mineral Analysis (HMA)

Hair Mineral Analysis (HMA) 

Provided by Individual Wellbeing Diagnostic Laboratories

HMA has long been used in forensic science for detecting toxicities and drugs that can lead to death but only recently has it become a popular screening method for detecting both toxic and mineral elements that can impact our health and wellbeing. The hair is supplied by a rich source of blood and lymph fluid and as the hair grows anything that is circulating in these fluids is trapped in the matrix of the hair. Hence hair provides a picture of what has been going on in the body over a period of time rather than a snap shot that is provided by blood and saliva testing.

The HMA test can identify toxic elements that can impact on our health. These include the elements lead, mercury, aluminium, nickel, tin, arsenic and cadmium. These toxic elements may lead to fatigue, headache, weight gain, mood disorders and much more. More importantly, they can impact on the status of our nutrient elements, such as zinc, selenium, calcium, etc. Therefore the levels of these nutrients are also tested. Once the levels of these nutrients are identified a dietary and supplement protocol can be designed to a) eliminate any toxins and b) address nutrient deficiencies.

A hair sample is required from the back of the head (about a dessert spoon). About 1-2cm from the root end should be used. The sample is then sent to a laboratory in the United States for testing. Coloured or treated hair can contaminate the sample and hair should be allowed to grow out if this is the case.