HEAVY METALS & ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS
These toxic elements can significantly increase our risk of
developing conditions like dementia, infertility, diabetes and cancer.
They are also known to cause damage to the liver, kidneys and brain, as
well as the cardiovascular, nervous and endocrine systems.
Essential elements are abundant, too, and only
healthy when they are within optimal ranges. Nutrients like copper,
iodine, magnesium, selenium and zinc are critical for enzymes that
synthesize neurotransmitters and activate hormones. Bromine and lithium,
while not currently classified as “essential” elements, have been shown to
play a positive role in health but are also potentially toxic at excessive
Why Test Heavy Metals & Essential Elements?
Getting too much, and sometimes too little, of various
elements has consequences for our overall health.
Who should consider heavy metals and essential elements
Has exposure to private well water or aging pipes
Is concerned about heavy metals in foods like vegetables, rice and
Has mercury dental work
Lives in an older home or near an industrial area
Has thyroid-related health issues
Has or has had exposure to MRI contrast agents
Most Focused Assessment
Our partner laboratories heavy metals and essential
elements testing provides the most accurate test results. Using ICP-MS,
the gold standard for element analysis, allows for high specificity and
sensitivity into the parts-per-trillion.
Does Sample Type Matter for Elements Testing?
Heavy metals and essential elements affect
different systems of the body, so it makes sense that they can’t all be
measured in the same body fluid.
partner laboratories test
using the most scientifically appropriate medium – either urine or
dried blood spot – for our elements profiles.
For example, urinary cadmium is the best measure of
accumulated exposure, while blood spot assesses only recent exposure.
Blood is the only appropriate medium to assess lead exposure, and urine is
the only appropriate medium for arsenic.