AMINO ACID ANALYSIS
Protein is incredibly important when it comes to your health. It makes up the structure of your bones, muscles and skin and is used to build tissues and synthesize hormones, enzymes and neurotransmitters. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, which is why getting enough essential amino acids in your diet is critical to maintaining optimal health and preventing protein deficiency.
There are 20 amino acids in total, each of which plays a very specific role in the body and is distinguished by its respective amino acid side chains. These amino acids are involved in almost every biological process and aid in wound healing, hormone production, immune function, muscle growth, energy production and more.
Your body needs all amino acids to function and thrive, but some can be produced in the body while others need to be obtained from food. Getting enough through either dietary sources or supplementation is essential to achieve optimal health.
Amino Acid Analysis allows for the identification of dietary protein adequacy and amino acid balance, gastrointestinal dysfunctions, forms of protein intolerance, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, renal and hepatic dysfunction, psychiatric abnormalities, susceptibility to inflammatory response and oxidative stress, reduced detoxification capacity and many other inherent and acquired disorders in amino acid metabolism.
This test is useful for patients who may present any of the following conditions:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Depression and Anxiety
- Digestive Disorders
- Kidney Function
- Nutritional Deficiencies
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Each individual’s results are presented in a functional format that permits ease of interpretation. A summary of “presumptive needs” (such as B6, B12/folate, Mg) and “implied conditions” (such as maldigestion/malabsorption, abnormal gastrointestinal flora, impaired detoxification, oxidative stress) are presented based upon each patient’s results. Patient-specific amino acid supplement schedules and user-friendly commentary are provided by Dr. Dempster, ND to simplify nutritional intervention. Amino Acid Analyses consists of a simple blood test that is processed at a lab and results are then sent to our clinic.