Hair Mineral Analysis - as simple as a single hair

Nutritional Elements

Hair has become a tissue used for measuring nutrient levels, such as zinc, calcium and magnesium. As the hair grows, the blood flows through the root bulb where the hair is formed, and elements in the blood will bind readily to the hair structure. As the hair continues to grow the changes in the elements are recorded like a ‘ticker tape’.

TrichAnalytics Inc. can reveal those changes using advanced laser technology at our specialized laboratory. Unlike other hair mineral analyses that require a small hair cut from your scalp, we only require 3 to 5 single hairs plucked from the scalp (any length is fine, even stubble!). We provide you with your personalized results for each element and compare your concentrations to those of reference individuals. Being too high or too low in these nutritional elements can indicate an imbalance, where supplementation or changes in diet may be required.

Nutritional elements are those required for important process in the body, including growth, development, immunity, and overall well-being. According to Health Canada average Canadians are deficient in a number of elements, including zinc, calcium and magnesium. In fact, up to 34% of adults are deficient in zinc and magnesium!

Balancing your essential elements can be challenging for anyone, but particularly for the elderly or people who have:

  • Food allergies (e.g., dairy, nuts, different fruits, seafood)

  • Vegan, vegetarian diets

  • Celiac disease or digestive problems

  • Elevated stress

  • Improper diet and eating habits

Toxic Metals

Our world is becoming increasingly contaminated – our air, water, and food. These toxic metals can enter our bodies, and may create health problems, or affect our children’s growth and development, and yet, doctors rarely monitor metal exposure.

You may think you are only at risk to heavy metal exposure if you work in a high-risk environment, such as mining, welding, or smelting. Those people may have an increased risk of acute exposure (e.g., one time, high concentration), but we are all at potential risk for long-term, chronic exposure (low concentrations over time). If we are unable to eliminate these metals from our body, they can accumulate in our bones, organs, and even, our brain.

Hair is an accurate and non-invasive means to monitor metal exposure. Our research on wildlife and human hair clearly shows how hair can tell you what has been going on in your body.

The report you receive will include your concentrations of those toxic metals, revealing your most recent exposures. The concentrations found in your hair should fall within a healthy range and below known toxic thresholds. Being too high can indicate that significant exposure has occurred and your health practitioner should be informed to help determine the best course of action to confirm, diagnose, and treat.

The metals we analyze include:

Mercury, Lead, Manganese, Chromium, Arsenic,

Vanadium, Nickel, Copper, and Cadmium