A simple urinary amino acids (AA) analysis aids in the identification of a host of issues that often don’t get identified via blood, stool or saliva testing, including 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 AA metabolism.
From dietary issues related to protein intake and digestion, to resistance to weight loss, to food and supplement choices to management of mood disorders, this eye-opening test is a crucial weapon in your toolbox when it comes to complete self-quantification. Your urinary amino acids analysis also includes a complete Interpretation-At-A-Glance format for quick facts on nutrient function, causes and complications of their deficiencies, and dietary sources.
Blood is traditionally used to assess the status of essential AA’s, but urine analysis provides far more information regarding AA wasting and aberrant metabolism associated with nutritional insufficiencies and other physiological imbalances.
So how does this test work?
Amino acids play central roles as building blocks of proteins and as intermediates in metabolism. Amino acid metabolism may be compromised by common lifestyle and dietary factors, which may result in inadequate levels of essential amino acids and/or missing nutrient cofactors required for effective amino acid metabolism. Intervention with amino-acid supplementation and nutrient cofactors may be effective in conditions associated with inefficient amino acid metabolism.
Genova’s Amino Acid Analysis measures levels of key amino acids in your urine. The amino acid levels in urine represent recent dietary intake and is most useful for assessing vitamin/mineral cofactors that affect amino acid metabolism.
Your complete Amino Acid Analysis includes:
- Nutritionally Essential Amino Acids (11 analytes)
- Nonessential Protein Amino Acids (10 analytes)
- Intermediary Metabolites (14 analytes)
- B-Vitamin Markers
- Urea Cycle Markers
- Glycine/Serine Metabolites
- Dietary-Peptide Related Markers (4 analytes)
The Amino Acid Analysis report that comes along with your test provides for easy interpretation and enhanced clinical utility:
- Synthesized results and actionable areas of high need for supplementation:
- Results Overview Cover Page – provides the busy clinician with an immediate sense of patient areas requiring focus
- Suggested Supplement Schedule – provides personalized recommendations for antioxidants, B-vitamins, minerals, digestive support, and amino acids
- Interpretation At-A-Glance – provides patients with valuable information about the function of individual nutrients, causes and complications of their deficiencies, and their dietary sources
The urine amino acid measurements in the Amino Acid FMV profile can help determine functional nutrient needs related to amino acid metabolism. Since the amino acid levels in urine represent dietary intake over the previous 24–48 hours, urine amino acid analysis reveals more distinctive patterns related to problems in enzymatic activity, nutrient cofactor adequacy, and transport. Amino acid assessment can provide guidelines for dietary modification of protein intake and can indicate the functional need for:
- Nutrient cofactors (antioxidants, B-vitamins, minerals)
- Specific amino acid supplementation
- Digestive support
An Interpretation-At-A-Glance section provides information on each recommended nutrient including nutrient function, possible causes of deficiency, complications of deficiency, and food sources. In addition, a supplementation schedule is provided, offering suggested replacement amounts based on test results.
Imbalanced or insufficient amino acids can affect a wide range of body functions, producing symptoms that negatively affect the quality of life. This targeted nutritional assessment panel provides clinical utility and supports the development of personalized treatments. Identification and targeted treatment of underlying imbalances with customized nutrient recommendations can enhance other treatments and increase the overall health and ability to combat chronic illness.