Trace Metal Testing
- We test for 11 trace metals present in the blood that could cause health problems when in excess
- Results in 5-7 days
- Award-winning laboratory
- 100% confidential service
Trace Metal Blood Testing
Our Peace of Mind trace metal test can show the presence of the following 11 elements in a blood sample.
This test is also known as a heavy metal poisoning test or trace element analysis:
Exposure to heavy metals through ingestion, inhalation and dermal contact can cause long-term health problems . Symptoms vary depending on the type, quantity and length of exposure to the metal involved. Non-specific early symptoms can sometimes be missed, such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and anaemia. More significant symptoms include liver and kidney damage, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hearing loss, blood disorders and various types of cancer. Exposure in pregnant women can also induce miscarriage or premature labour.
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Exposed to Heavy Metals through work or other environmental factors?
Why would you need a trace metal blood test?
If there is suspicion of acute or chronic exposure to one or more heavy metals, a metal poisoning test would usually be required on health grounds.
Individuals would request a test to:
- Measure levels of trace metals in their blood
- Screen for the various naturally occurring metals
- Monitor the efficacy of chelation therapy (used to treat heavy metal poisoning, including iron, lead, mercury, cadmium and zinc)
Employers would use a trace metal test to:
- Monitor any workers potentially exposed to trace metals
(Staff who may be exposed to metals in the workplace should be monitored periodically)
- Evaluate suspected heavy metal toxicity in employees
- Monitor the efficacy of an employee’s chelation therapy (used to treat heavy metal poisoning, including iron, lead, mercury, cadmium and zinc)
What does the trace metal test entail?
AlphaBiolabs has a dedicated, fully qualified sample collection team to take your blood samples from any place you feel appropriate (workplace or home).
Collectors follow strict procedures to ensure that confidentiality remains throughout the whole testing process. Alternatively, you could visit your GP to get your sample taken.
Your results will be sent to you within 5–7 days.