Mineral check - Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis. Clinically proven to be effective in identifying mineral deficiencies, excesses and toxicity

Q&As

These are some of our commonly asked questions but if your question is not answered below please call us on 01622 850500 or email us and a we will be happy to help.

  • Why test for minerals?

    Trace minerals are essential in countless metabolic functions. For example, zinc is necessary for insulin production and regulation. Magnesium is required for muscle function, including the heart. Potassium plays a crucial role in transporting nutrients into cells. Every trace mineral in the body has a purpose and often it is a combination of different minerals that work in synergy, so the right levels of them all are essential to optimize these functions. However too much calcium for example, can reduce the beneficial side effects of vitamin A, while excessive copper can upset zinc levels. So determining the true nutrient levels in your body is key to optimizing your general health.
  • If I feel fine, and my doctor says I am well, then why should I be concerned about my mineral lev...

    Minerals are the building blocks of life, vital substances your body does not produce naturally. Whilst your doctor might say you are healthy you may not be operating to your full potential. An imbalance in your body’s minerals can prevent you from performing at 100% looking your best and feeling your best.
  • So how can an imbalance of minerals really affect me?

    Many conditions can be contributed to, or aggravated by, various mineral imbalances and toxic excesses. These can range from short-term problems such as depression, headaches, low energy and insomnia to longer-term conditions including hair loss, heart problems, and infertility, breathing difficulties, cholesterol levels and many more. By addressing your body’s needs you are taking a step towards improving your well-being as well as your long-term health.
  • How reliable are my hair mineral test results?

    With a properly obtained sample, hair analysis is extremely accurate. We use highly sophisticated instruments and software programmes that allow for extensive quality control. The laboratory specialises in hair testing exclusively, analysing over 50,000 samples a year. Our full attention is directed towards assuring the accuracy of your results.
  • What can cause a mineral imbalance?

    Many factors can contribute to mineral imbalances. Diet is a major factor and a diet high in refined carbohydrates, alcohol and repeated dieting can all lead to a poor nutritional status. Even the mineral content of a good ‘healthy’ diet can be inadequate depending on the soil in which the food was grown. Stress either physical or emotional can cause minerals like zinc and magnesium and B vitamins to be used in greater quantities. Medications can deplete the body of certain nutrients and finally pollution plays a role too. Toxic elements such as lead, mercury and cadmium can interfere with mineral absorption and increase mineral excretion.
  • Where do toxic elements come from?

    From our childhood we are all exposed to a variety of toxic elements including for example cigarette smoke (cadmium) copper pipes, aluminium cookware, hair dyes (lead), lead based cosmetics, hydrogenated oils (nickel) anti-perspirants (aluminium) and dental amalgams (mercury and cadmium). These are just a very few of the hundreds of sources an individual may be exposed to every day.
  • Can you test for candida?

    To detect candida, you would need to do a specific test for candida anti-bodies through blood or saliva. However the test does show markers that may indicate if candida is likely to be a problem. High copper levels are often associated with candida and may be one reason why candida is persistent even though you may have already tried dietary and supplement treatments. Trying these without addressing both copper and mercury levels means that the diet and supplements may not be successful.
  • Can you test for food allergies?

    Food allergies require specific blood tests. However, your hair mineral test will indicate the potential for food allergies and will make specific recommendations for foods to avoid and foods to include based on your unique profile.
  • Will taking vitamin and mineral supplements help me?

    The simple answer is yes! Our lifestyles today prevent most of us from giving our bodies the minerals they need. Diet, stress, pollution and lack of sleep can all contribute to imbalances in mineral levels. Additionally we all have tendencies to retain some mineral and not others because of differences in digestion and assimilation.
  • Doesn’t a blood or urine test tell me just as much as a hair analysis test?

    Blood tests give information about your mineral levels at the time of the test only. If you’ve just eaten a banana your test can indicate a high potassium level for example, whereas this may not actually be the case. Your hair test indicates your overall level of potassium – so your actual storage levels over a period of time, not just what you ate that day or that week. A blood test will only accurately report what is being transported in your blood at the time of the test. Testing for minerals in the urine measures the minerals that are being excreted from your body – not necessarily what has been absorbed as fuel for your body. So blood and urine tests are like snapshots whereas a hair analysis is the video of your mineral retention.
  • Why do some people – even some health professionals – say that hair analysis is not a reliable te...

    That is an important question. Did you know that over the past twenty years there are over a thousand references in peer-reviewed journals that document and support the reliability of hair mineral analysis? Technical articles are published weekly! We sift through many articles including numerous technical journals. It is unfortunate that some health professionals are critical – they often have not read the research. At Mineral Check we are happy to provide a list of references to support the using hair analysis.