It is a simple urine test that looks at complex biomarkers from various metabolic pathways. These biomarkers give an overview of several major systems in the body and an analysis of nutritional deficiencies in the body. Many functional medicine practitioners believe the organic acids test to be the most insightful and useful data for individualizing a health and wellness plan matched to your metabolism.
The organic acid biomarkers are metabolic intermediates that are produced in pathways of central energy production, neurotransmitter breakdown, detoxification and intestinal microbial activity. When an specific organic acids are found accumulating they often signal a metabolic insufficiency. These insufficiencies could be related to toxicity, a nutritional deficiency or an inherited enzyme deficit.
Support and Supplements
Vitamin and mineral insufficiencies – Amino acid insufficiencies (ie. carnitine and N-acetyl cysteine NAC) – Oxidative damage and antioxidant sufficiency markers – Indicators of detoxification – Markers of B-complex deficiency – Neurotransmitter metabolites to assess central nervous system function – Mitochondrial energy production assessment via The Citric Acid Cycle – Methylation sufficiency for brain activity and cardiovascular risk – Lipoic acid and CoQ10 markers – Specific dysbiosis markers for bacterial and yeast overgrowth
What Does The Organic Acid Test Measure?
Why I Love This Test
As a clinician, this test gives so much information that is arguably the best value lab test. I can look at methylation factors, neurotransmitter function, oxidative stress, gut health, the effectiveness of energy pathways and markers of dysbiosis.
Why I might benefit from the test!
Sleep abnormalities – Fatigue – Mood changes – Weight gain – Blood sugar dysregulation – Nausea – Joint pain – Multiple chemical sensitivities – Bloating, gas and distention – Acid reflux – Dermatitis – Anxiety – Inflammation – Autoimmune disorders – Eczema – Aging – Acne – Headaches – Cancer – Depression