Test for detection of shortages

Minerals

Minerals perform important functions as cofactors in many enzymatic processes in our body.

A deficiency of one mineral can lead to a situation that certain processes function less well, or even (undesirable) go faster. This can be explained because minerals work as antagonists (minerals with opposite effects like copper – zinc) or function as synergists (reinforce each other effect such as calcium, magnesium and zinc). Therefore, the mutual relationship of minerals, the “balance ratio” is of great importance. This ratio has on its own reference values. Minerals research has been used formany yearsfor identifyingdeficienciesin diseases. For example, one can examinehigh blood pressureor edema by measuring sodium and potassium. Some people do these examination to preventthese diseases.When a deficit is found, additional minerals will have to be taken, and after a certain time have to be checked if the deficit is eliminated. Some minerals in the body can be very favorable in a certain shape, but less favorable, or even toxic in a different shape. Mineral research can therefore also be used to investigate the toxic load.

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For a long time mineral research is a point of discussion. Minerals in the body are almost exclusively in organic form. To be able to determine them the structure is destroyed, and the minerals are then determined as the free ions. The amount of minerals is in certain cases, within the cell several times higher than outside the cell or in serum. When there are problems with blood collection and many cells die by a long time of stow by the tourniquet, or when the tube is only partially filled, this may lead to misinterpretations. Hospitals that are located on a mountain, have a very particular problem with these analysis. When patients come for blood collection by bike in hot summer, the values are much higher. To avoid misinterpretations many provisions are done in whole blood.

Because some tubes may contain traces of minerals, it is better to use special minerals tubes which are characterized by the blue stopper. When serum or plasma is poured into plastic tubes, also these should be free of minerals. Furthermore, it is important that one stops with the intake of supplements quite some time for the day of the examination.

Another possibility is an amino acid analysis. Because minerals play a crucial role in certain processes, these processes will be less successfull in the absence of these minerals. The amino acids that are converted by these processes will be increased present and the amino acids that arise in these processes will therefore be reduced. Like that many shortages can be easily read from the analysis.

Vitamines

Vitamins (such as vitamin B2 (FAD), vitamin B3 (NAD (P)) and vitamin B5 (Co-enzyme A)) have important functions in the body and play a role as co-factors. For example, they play a role in the formation of energy from carbohydrates, in the formation of connective tissue, but also in the detoxification. The active forms of vitamins have a much stronger force than the ordinary vitamin itself. A marginal deficiency of a particular vitamin will result that multiple processes do not function optimal. A marginal deficit will eventually lead to symptoms or diseases.

Many vitamins behave as synergists (reinforce each other’s effect), a deficiency of one specific vitamin, will also negatively effect the operation of another. However, supplementing vitamins can also access new deficits. For example, giving a high dosage of vitamin B2 for a long period of time can cause a deficiency of vitamin B1 and B6 by milk allergy.

The determination of vitamins is done for the determination of deficiencies in case of illness. Vitamins also be determined in order to maintain a good health. Further research is being done to investigate the effect of a supplementation.

Also vitamins are almost exclusively found in bound form in the body, to be able to determine them the structures are destroyed. The amount and form of vitamins is in certain cases, within the cell several times higher than outside the cell. As described earlier, when there is a blood collection and many cells die by a long stow by tourniquet  (for individuals who are difficult to pierce), or when the tube is only partially filled, this may lead to misinterpretations. To avoid misinterpretations many provisions are done in the cell. When serum or plasma is poured into plastic tubes these should be suited for all vitamin assays. Furthermore, it is important that one stops with the intake of supplements quite some time for the day of the examination (blood collection).

The interpretation of vitamins is difficult and many mistakes are made. When the conversion of vitamin B6 in the active forms is disturbed, such as by HPU, the vitamin B6 value can be quite elevated in someone who does not use any vitamins at all. This often leads to suspicion, as to the right conclusion by practitioners.