RBC Mineral Test
An RBC mineral test measures RBC intracellular concentrations of both nutrient and toxic elements. This is the best test for analyzing your nutrient mineral levels like, copper, zinc, manganese, potassium, chromium, and selenium.
Minerals can become out of balance, and if they are not present in sufficient numbers or if there is an excess, then the body and mind do not function properly. For example, too much copper can result in mental health disorders, but so can too little. Supplementing with zinc or molybdenum and no copper can drive copper levels too low. Deficits in minerals is much more common than excess, as most people are not getting what their body needs due to poor diet.
Sufficient levels of nutrient metals are important for keeping out toxic metals. Toxic metals compete with the nutrient metals receptor site. So, for example, if there are not adequate levels of zinc and copper then the body is left open for mercury or cadmium build up. The toxic metal can be driven out with the opposing nutrient metals.
Mineral deficiency or excess is often a root contributor to many chronic health conditions, both psychological and physiological. Additionally, maintaining mineral balance is essential for maintaining optimal health and preventing disease in the healthier individual.
Conditions Often Associated with Mineral Imbalances
Whereas amino acids are the building blocks of life, minerals are the spark plugs. Assessing your mineral status is crucial for all healing plans, regardless of the health condition, however these are some of the most common conditions linked to mineral imbalances:
- Manic Depressive
- Anxiety Disorders
- Panic Attacks
- Impaired Detoxification
- MCS - Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
- Chronic Fatigue
- Visual Disorders
- Candida Overgrowth
- pH Imbalance (too acidic or alkaline)
- Immune or Autoimmune Disorders
- Addiction (alcohol, drugs, prescription drugs, sugar, food, carbs, caffeine, nicotine etc.)
- Heavy Metal Toxicity
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Trembling or Nervousness
- Violent Behavior
- Cardiovascular disease
- Neurotransmitter imbalances
- All mental health disorders
Not only that, all nutrients are dependent on minerals to perform their functions. If they are absent, then other nutrients may not work adequately. Minerals have a profound impact on neurotransmitter function, the brain and nervous system and they are essential in the body's ability to detoxify.
Elements Tested in the RBC Mineral
The RBC mineral test is performed by Genova Diagnostics, formerly known as the Great Smokies Diagnostic Lab, a trusted, respected, international leader in the field of functional medicine testing for 25 years. Providing a personalized approach for treatment and prevention of chronic illness and includes the following elements:Nutrient Elements
Although the RBC mineral test is the best tool for assessing your nutrient elements, it is limited in assessing the toxic elements, like cadmium, mercury, aluminum, arsenic, antimony, lead etc. The RBC will tell you if you have had a recent or ongoing exposure to toxic metals, which is an important piece of information to know.
However, it is not very good for assessing the level of toxic metals that are stored in the body. This means that heavy metals may indeed be impairing your health even if they don't show up on the RBC mineral test. A hair analysis is better for assessing heavy metals that have accumulated in fat, tissues, organs and cells. So the RBC mineral test should be used in conjunction with a hair analysis to get a complete picture, if you are trying to assess toxic metals.
Where to get the RBC Mineral Test
The RBC Mineral test is a simple kit that can be mailed to your home accompanied by the necessary doctor's order and lab paperwork. It requires a visit to your local Labcorp. Your results will be sent directly to you both electronically and by mail.
Once your results are in, we set up an appointment for me to provide you with a consultation, a detailed interpretation and what steps should be taken next.This is important to assure that you understand the implications of your results and the steps that should be taken next.
As you've heard me say before, I don't recommend products or services unless I feel very strongly about their value and effectiveness. In both my professional and personal experience I have found the RBC Mineral Test can provide you with some of the most valuable information you need for creating a map for healing that addresses the root causes of your health condition.