$99 Equine hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (hTMA)
- Best medical test for diagnostic, screening and monitoring information. hTMA provides comprehensive information about health and performance status, and trending toward disease.
- Best test for toxicological screening, and for monitoring detoxification progress. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends using hair as the "tissue of choice" for heavy metal screening and monitoring purposes.
- Best price/value, highest quality hTMA by Trace Elements, Inc. (TEI is a federally licensed and certified Clinical Laboratory: #45-D0481787).
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A hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (hTMA) provides an accurate, science-based guide to metabolic function and balance. Test results identify your horse's unique metabolic profile, inflammatory tendencies, stress response and recovery, and ration and feed imbalances (nutritional excesses and deficiencies). The lab report shows essential mineral levels and ratios, and crucial toxicological data. In addition, it includes useful endocrine and performance index graphics.
Taking the hair sample is easy, it is non-invasive (safe), and does not require a veterinarian. Report recommendations include a corrective feed and supplementation protocol to improve mineral levels and ratios. Improving your horse's mineral profile will also improve cellular function (impacting all biological processes) and reverse pathological deterioration.
Multipurpose Clinical Laboratory Test
- Diagnostic Information
- The metabolic information provided by the equine hTMA will show whether you are supplying the nutrition your horse needs to meet their specific performance, stress and energy demands.
- Health and Toxicological Screen
- A baseline equine hTMA provides information about your horse's current state of health and early detection of trends toward disease. In addition, it tests for the toxic heavy metals horses are commonly exposed to. The data provided by hTMA represents a historical aggregate of the past three to four months, so it is a stable indicator of health and metabolic status. In comparison, a serum (blood) test is more suitable for measuring acute exposure or momentary biochemical status. A urinalysis only measures what is being excreted in the urine and does not provide a complete metabolic analysis.
- Monitor and Evaluate Progress
- A follow-up hTMA retest allows you to monitor and evaluate the improvements in the horse's nutritional status over time. Retest results direct the necessary adjustments to dietary and supplement needs, ensuring that you are providing what your horse needs. A retest also measures the amount of toxic heavy metals that are being eliminated, allowing you to verify and monitor progress to ensure the safety of the protocol.