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Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (Profile 2 NO BORON)

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (Profile 2 NO BORON)
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Due to certain distribution rights, Trace Elements products are only available in the UK. Therefore, only orders with United Kingdom shipping addresses will be accepted.

This "Profile 2" Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis kit contains a laboratory form (with personal details to be completed by you), full instructions on how to take the hair sample, a cardboard scales for weighing the hair sample, a sample collection envelope, and a postal envelope to send the finished sample and laboratory form to Trace Element Laboratories in the USA.

Results of the test will be emailed to us and subsequently forwarded on to you as a PDF document, similar to the sample report provided below.

Please note that this "Profile 2" HTMA report is Trace Elements Inc more comprehensive report, including suggestions for TEI supplements that may help to rebalance your mineral levels, and/or advice on how to avoid further exposure to any toxic metals. Links to all these TEI supplements can be found at the bottom of this page under the "Related Products" section. For an example of this type of report, please click on the link provided below under the "Further Information" section of this page.

If you would prefer to receive only the raw results of the laboratory analysis, to be interpreted by your own Level 2 Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor (CMTA), or suitably qualified nutritionist or doctor, then please select the "Profile 1" report instead, listed in the "Related Products" section below.

Legal Notice: Please note that Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis is simply a laboratory analysis of mineral and/or toxic metal levels. It is designed to be used as one tool within a broader nutritional approach to healthcare. It is not diagnostic for any medical condition. No advice can or will be given by The Natural Health Choice Ltd for any medical condition. So for any medical queries, please consult with your doctor.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE HTMA TESTING FOR CUSTOMERS FROM THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES. If you live in one of these countries please do not order through this website and instead contact the dedicated Trace Elements Inc distributor for your country:

  • Europe: Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
  • Rest of the World: Australia, Brazil, China, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand

Frequently Asked Questions:

The following FAQ have been taken from the TEI Laboratories Website

Q. Do Trace Elements Inc. wash the hair sample before analysis?

A. No. Trace Elements Inc. policy has always been not to wash hair samples before analysis.

Q. What is hair mineral analysis?

A. Hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA), is an analytical test which measures the mineral content of the hair. The sampled hair, which must be free from hair dyes or treatments, is obtained by cutting the first inch of growth closest to the scalp. This sample is then prepared in a licensed clinical laboratory through a series of chemical and high temperature digestive procedures. Testing is then performed using highly sophisticated detection equipment and methods to achieve the most accurate and precise results.

Q. Why use the hair? Why not use the blood?

A. Hair is ideal tissue for sampling and testing. First, it can be cut easily and painlessly and can be sent to the lab without special handling requirements. Second, clinical results have shown that a properly obtained sample can give an indication of mineral status and toxic metal accumulation following long term or even acute exposure.

A HTMA reveals a unique metabolic world: intracellular activity, which cannot be seen through most other tests. This provides a blueprint of the biochemistry occurring during the period of hair growth and development.


Thirty to 40 days following an acute exposure, elevated serum levels of lead may be undetectable. This is due to the body removing the lead from the serum as a protective measure and depositing the metal into such tissues as the liver, bones, teeth and hair.

Nutrient loss from the body can become so advanced that severe health conditions can develop without any appreciable changes noted in those same nutrient levels in a blood test. Symptoms of elemental deficiency can be present long before low levels can be detected in the serum.

Hair is used as one of the tissues of choice by the Environmental Protection Agency in determining toxic metal exposure. A 1980 report from the E.P.A. stated that human hair can be effectively used for biological monitoring of the highest priority toxic metals. This report confirmed the findings of other studies in the U.S. and abroad, which concluded that human hair may be a more appropriate tissue than blood or urine for studying community exposure to some trace elements.

Q. Why test for minerals?

A. Trace minerals are essential in countless metabolic functions in all phases of the life process.

  • Zinc is involved in the production, storage and secretion of insulin and is necessary for growth hormones.
  • Magnesium is required for normal muscular function, especially the heart.
  • Potassium is critical for normal nutrient transport into the cell.
  • Excess sodium is associated with hypertension, but adequate amounts are required for normal health.

In the words of the late author and noted researcher, Dr. Henry Schroeder, trace elements (minerals) are "...more important factors in human nutrition than vitamins. The body can manufacture many vitamins, but it cannot produce necessary trace minerals or get rid of many possible excesses."

Q. What can cause a mineral imbalance?

A. There are many factors to take into consideration, such as:

  • Diet - Improper diet through high intake of refined and processed foods, alcohol and fad diets can all lead to a chemical imbalance. Even the nutrient content of a "healthy" diet can be inadequate, depending upon the soil in which the food was grown or the method in which it was prepared.
  • Stress - Physical or emotional stress can deplete the body of many nutrients while also reducing the capability to absorb and utilize many nutrients.
  • Medications - Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can deplete the body stores of nutrient minerals and/or increase the levels of toxic metals. These medications include diuretics, antacids, aspirin and oral contraceptives.
  • Pollution - From adolescence through adulthood the average person is continually exposed to a variety of toxic metal sources such as cigarette smoke (cadmium), hair dyes (lead), hydrogenated oils (nickel), anti-perspirants (aluminum), dental amalgams (mercury and cadmium), copper and aluminum cookware and lead-based cosmetics. These are just a few of the hundreds of sources which can contribute to nutrient imbalances and adverse metabolic effects.
  • Nutritional Supplements - Taking incorrect supplements or improper amounts of supplements can produce many vitamin and mineral excesses and/or deficiencies, contributing to an overall biochemical imbalance.
  • Inherited Patterns - A predisposition toward certain mineral imbalances, deficiencies and excesses can be inherited from parents.

Q. Is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis supported by research? A. Hair tissue mineral analysis is supported by an impressive body of literature in a variety of respected national and international scientific publications. Over the past fifteen years, hair mineral testing has been extensive. Each year in the United States alone, federally licensed clinical laboratories perform over 150,000 hair mineral assays for health care professionals interested in an additional screening aid for a comprehensive patient evaluation. This does not take into consideration the thousands of subjects used in numerous continuing research studies conducted by private and government research agencies.

Further Information
Please click on the link below to view a sample Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis report.
Sample HTMA Report - Profile 2.pdf

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