At Wellness Perth Natural Medicine we’re proud to be at the forefront of nutrient testing, with multiple options for utilising laboratory testing to find answers to your health concerns!
Iodine is widely known to be necessary for healthy thyroid function and metabolism, but is also required for brain function, healthy breast tissue, to assist cancer prevention, and is vital for your baby’s health during pregnancy. Iodine deficiency is currently reported as widespread in Australia, with a particular focus on iodine requirement during pregnancy, childhood growth and for healthy thyroid function in adults.
Copper may be tested via blood levels of serum copper and serum caeruloplasmin (the ‘storage form’ fo blood copper) as well as through urinary testing for specific copper excess and deficiency cases. We frequently see both elevated and low copper levels in our Australian patients, as we have extensive use of copper water pipes and the correct pH of soils to uptake copper. Copper is essential for healthy immune function, healthy mood, connective tissue strength, nervous system health, digestive, immune and bone/joint health. Both high and low copper levels may be associated with symptoms of low mood, worry, aggression, headaches, and altered levels of dopamine and norepinephrine neurotransmitters.
Zinc is also utilised extensively throughout the body, in over 300 biochemical reactions. Zinc is essential for healthy growth and development, as well as cognitive function, memory and learning. Zinc is also vital for healthy skin, connective tissue strength, digestive capacity, immune strength, balanced mood, quality sleep and daily well-being.
Magnesium is utilised extensively in the body through many different pathways and cell requirements including for energy production, blood sugar balance and assisting coping with daily stresses. Magnesium is essential for muscle relaxation, including avoiding headaches and muscle cramps and for the cardiovascular system via the heart muscle; and is also utilised to stabilise blood sugar levels and for healthy blood pressure. The body has a higher requirement for magnesium during stress, high-intensity exercise and alcohol consumption.
The hair tissue mineral (metal) analysis test is an inexpensive screening tool for medium to longer-term exposure to and presence of heavy metals. We are exposed to many invisible sources of heavy metals in our everyday lives, which can affect our health and well being.
Toxic elements tested include aluminium, antimony, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, mercury, lead and uranium.
Other trace elements tested include barium, bismuth, germanium, lithium, nickel, platinum, rubidium, silver, thallium, thorium, tin, titanium, vanadium and zirconium.
Nutrient elements tested include boron, calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, strontium, sulphur and zinc.
There is also stool testing for precise measurement of more current, immediate or recent heavy metal and mineral exposure; as most of these are fat-soluble toxins which are eliminated via the bile to the digestive system to stool route.
Faecal metals and minerals tested via stool include chromium, copper, zinc, tungsten, antimony, arsenic, beryllium, bismuth, cadmium, gallium, lead, mercury, nickel, palladium, platinum, thallium, titanium and uranium.
The Red Blood Cell Elements Test is regarded as a highly accurate blood evaluation of minerals and toxic elements, such as calcium; zinc; selenium; magnesium; potassium and cadmium, mercury and lead. Testing 18 items in total, this test provides a highly comprehensive analysis of your current nutrient and health state.
As listed above, we offer many comprehensive individual vitamin tests and extensive vitamin panels, from standard vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin B profiles of B1, B2, B6, B9, B12 to advanced vitamin and nutrient panels; we have your needs covered!
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are not only important for general health and cardiovascular health, but are also vital for brain health, including cognitive function, mental clarity, concentration, and focus.
The brain is also comprised of approximately 60% EFAs, providing fluidity to cell membranes and assisting in communication between cells. Deficiency of DHA, a type of EFA, has been associated with depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and dementia, amongst a number of other conditions.
Antioxidants are highly important for daily well-being and healthy ageing, known as protective against ageing and almost every known illness and disease. The antioxidant status test accurately measures our current antioxidant levels and provides us with accurate information on our antioxidant needs.
Glutathione is one of the most important and powerful antioxidants in the body. Glutathione is vital for detoxification, free radical protection, immune function regulation, and maintenance of protein structure.