Can hair analysis reveal vitamins and amino acids needs?
Keep in mind, there are laboratory analyses specifically for vitamins, amino acids, and fatty acids and a hair analysis is a nutritional and toxic element screening.
However, because of the complex interrelationships between all essential nutrients, a hair mineral analysis can be helpful for assessing the needs for vitamins and amino acids.
Essential minerals interact not only with each other but also with vitamins, amino acids, fats, and toxic elements. Minerals influence each of these factors, and they, in turn, influence mineral status.
Minerals act as enzyme activators, and vitamins are synergistic to minerals as coenzymes. It is extremely rare that a mineral disturbance develops without a corresponding disturbance in the synergistic vitamin(s) and amino acids.
It is also rare for a disturbance in the utilization or activity of a vitamin or amino acid to occur without affecting a synergistic mineral(s).
Vitamins and minerals: A brief example
For example, vitamin C affects iron absorption and reduces copper retention. Boron and iron influence the status of vitamin B2. Vitamin B2 affects the relationship between calcium and magnesium.
Vitamin B1 enhances sodium retention, B12 enhances iron and cobalt absorption, and vitamin A enhances the utilization of zinc, while antagonizing vitamins D and E. Protein intake will affect zinc status, etc.
Phenylalanine, an essential amino acid, requires biopterin (a form of folic acid), iron, copper, and vitamins B3, B6, and C for proper metabolism. Minerals, such as zinc and copper as well as carnitine and B12 (and cobalt) are important for fatty acid metabolism.
As you can see from these examples, nutrient interrelationships are complex and extend well beyond the “calcium/vitamin D” synergistic relationship. Our hair analysis program, through a very large database, accounts for nutrient and toxic element interrelationships when producing your specific food and supplement recommendations.
As seen in healthy eating, our hair analysis provides a list of healthy foods that also reveals the different vitamins and amino acids required to balance your nutritional elements and detox the body.
You can also find more information in Antioxidants.
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