I am super excited! Yes, my excitement is over a hormone test. You may have already noticed how much I love using DUTCH hormone testing with my clients. I talk about it a lot on my Instagram and often even show you a glimpse into the results I see with my own clients. The great news is that they are adding even more beneficial information and not changing the price, not even by one penny!
What are they adding?
They are adding six organic acids tests (OATs). Organic acids are metabolic byproducts of cellular metabolism and they can be measured from a urine sample. This comprehensive hormone test is already super informative, but now it’s even better. Starting January 2, 2018, Precision Analytical, Inc. is adding three neurotransmitter metabolites to offer insights into symptoms such as mood disorders and fatigue, and will be combined with markers for vitamin B12, vitamin B6, and glutathione deficiency. A neurotransmitter is a substance that sends signals between nerve cells in the brain and they body.
Homovanillate (HVA) the primary metabolite of dopamine
Vanilmandelate (VMA) the primary metabolite of norepinephrine/epinephrine
5- Hydroxyindoleacetate (5HIAA) the primary metabolite of serotonin
These three organic acids are the primary metabolites of dopamine, norephinephrine and serotonin. Dopamine is produced by the brain and acts as a chemical messenger between brain cells. If dopamine is low it can contribute to fatigue, low motivation, inability to handle stress, Parkinson’s, ADHD, depression, and addiction issues.
Norephinephrine is released from the adrenal glands as part of the body’s response to stress. With this information we get even more insight into the adrenal and HPA (hypothalamus pituitary adrenal) axis function. Low levels of norepinephrine may also lead to conditions such as ADHD, depressions, and very low blood pressure.
Many clients with low hormone levels report symptoms of fatigue, anxiety, trouble sleeping, and depression. Serotonin deficiency can also contribute significantly to these issues. Prolonged periods of stress, poor diet, toxins, and hormone changes can lead to depleted serotonin levels. Serotonin affects every part of your body and is responsible for many important functions including bowel movements, sleep, bone health, and sexual function. If your levels aren’t in balance, it can impact your mental, physical, and emotional health.
Nutritional Organic Acids
Methylmalonate marker for vitamin B12
Xanthurenate marker for vitamin B6
Pyroglutamate marker for glutathione
These three organic acids act as functional markers of nutrient deficiency. When the body has inadequate cellular levels of vitamin B12, vitamin B6, or glutathione, levels of their corresponding organic acid build up and spill into the urine. In some cases, these markers are more effective than measuring the nutrient directly in the blood. Organic acid tests show you if you have enough of a nutrient to meet your specific metabolic needs; one step up from simply counting how much of a vitamin is in your blood. Not all vitamins are stored in the blood. Vitamin B12 is stored in the liver, so blood levels may not be the most accurate.
Vitamin B12 deficiency is thought to be one of the leading nutrient deficiencies. It is an important nutrient to support your mood, energy levels, heart, skin, hair, memory, and digestion. B12 is also essential when addressing adrenal fatigue and hormonal balance due to its link to adrenal cortex stress. Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include fatigue, brain fog, memory problems, muscle weakness, unsteady gait, numbness, tingling, depression, migraines/headaches, and low blood pressure.
Vitamin B6 benefits the nervous system, balanced blood sugar levels, mood, immune system, and energy levels. Symptoms of vitamin B6 deficiency include changes in mood, such as irritability, anxiety and depression, confusion, muscle pains, low energy, or fatigue. Birth control pills tend to create lower levels of vitamin B6 and B12 so if you have ever taken oral contraceptives you may be deficient.
Glutathione is one of the most potent antioxidants in the human body. It is especially important in getting rid of toxins and can protect against cancer, aging, heart problems, and brain diseases. Poor diet, pollution, toxins, medications, stress, trauma, aging, and infections can deplete your glutathione levels.
You can see why I am so thrilled that Precision Analytical, Inc. continues to add to the already advanced DUTCH test for hormones. I am excited to see how my clients will benefit from these additions. Ready to work on balancing your hormones and get a comprehensive look at your personal levels? Schedule a FREE 30 minute discovery call using the link below.