Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

What is a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) ?

Hair tissue mineral analysis is a screening test to measure the levels of 21 or more minerals in the hair tissue

Hair is used for testing because it is a rapidly-growing soft tissue of the body that can be sampled easily and safely. Hair is also a storage tissue that the body uses for excreting excessive amounts of toxic metals and other substances, such as illegal drugs, to help rid them from the body. Therefore it is an excellent place to measure these items

Hair provides a unique, biopsy type of reading of metabolic activity. The test is performed by burning the sample of hair at a high temperature in a mass spectrometer. The technique has been used in laboratories for over 80 years. Computer-controlled instruments have improved the accuracy and reduced the cost of mineral analysis


Minerals tested include the electrolytes – calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and phosphorus. Trace minerals tested include copper, manganese, chromium, selenium, iron, molybdenum, lithium, cobalt, zinc and others. Toxic metals tested include lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, aluminium and others. In all, 15 macro- and micro-minerals, 8 heavy metals, and 14 additional elements are analyzed

Hair tissue mineral analysis is an inexpensive, accurate screening method that can be of great help to understand body chemistry and design individualized diet and supplement programs. These can relieve biochemical stress to help restore and maintain optimum health

A blood test is recommended to accompany the HTMA for a full analysis. This test will include:

A blood test is recommended to accompany the HTMA for a full analysis. This test will include:

  • FBC
  • Mag RBC
  • Plasma Zinc
  • Copper Serum
  • Ceruloplasm Serum
  • Serum Transferrin (Siderophilin)
  • Serum Iron
  • Serum TIBC
  • Unsaturated ironbinding capacity
  • Serrum Ferritin
  • Transferrin Saturation
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