This test measures levels of 6 heavy metals and essential trace minerals.
Your test results measure levels of heavy metals, trace minerals, and creatinine, which is used in this test as a laboratory control to ensure accuracy. Checking levels is helpful for those who think they have been exposed to heavy metals either through work, hobbies or based on where you live. You can also gain insight as to whether you’re maintaining optimal levels of two essential trace minerals.
Arsenic is found throughout the environment, but typically in very low concentrations. It can become more concentrated through industrial processes to make chemicals or products, especially weed killers or wood preservatives. Arsenic is poisonous when consumed in large quantities.
Mercury is a metal found naturally in our environment. Certain human activities, such as burning coal and manufacturing, increase mercury in our environment. The most common source of mercury exposure is by eating fish.
Cadmium is present throughout the environment due to its use in batteries, fertilizers, mining, and other industrial purposes like coating for rubber and plastics. Excess cadmium builds up in organs like the liver and kidney, causing dysfunction.
Bromine is found naturally in the earth's crust and in seawater. Bromine is found in many industrial chemicals, including pesticides, flame retardants, and even certain food preservatives. Historically, a form of bromine called methyl bromide was used as a pesticide by strawberry farmers and, while use of methyl bromide was supposed to stop in 2005, there are still exceptions for using this pesticide worldwide.
Selenium is an essential element because our bodies cannot make selenium. Selenium is involved in thyroid hormone activation, metabolism, immune system function, reproduction, and DNA synthesis.
Iodine is an essential element because our bodies cannot make iodine on their own. Iodine is needed for the production of thyroid hormones, but too much iodine may cause an overproduction of thyroid hormones, called hyperthyroidism, and can worsen thyroid conditions in individuals who have already been diagnosed with thyroid gland problems.
Creatinine is a byproduct of muscle metabolism and gets excreted in the urine by the kidneys. This process is typically tightly regulated, making extremely low or high creatinine rare. Urinary creatinine is used as a control to make sure that other markers being tested are not reported inaccurately from kidney filtration problems.