Organic Acid Test

What is it?

The Organic Acid Test (OAT) offers a comprehensive metabolic profile of a person’s overall health with many different markers. Organic acids are compounds found in the urine that are produced during our daily metabolism. People with chronic illnesses and different health conditions often excrete several abnormal acids in their urine. These high levels can be caused by inappropriate diet, problems of the immune system, infections, or genetic factors.

If you have a chronic illness or you want to prevent disease, the OAT is one of the most valuable tests you can have. Organic acid testing does not diagnose disease but it can help identify the underlying causes of various health conditions and give a detailed analysis of your overall health.

OAT provides important information about:

  • Vitamin and mineral insufficiencies

  • Specific evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria; gut health

  • Amino acid insufficiencies

  • Oxidative stress/glutation status

  • Detoxification status

  • The best functional markers of B vitamin deficiencies

  • Neurotransmitter levels

  • Mitochondrial energy production assessment via citric acid cycle components

  • Methylation status

  • Markers for oxalates, which are highly correlated with many chronic illnesses

Who should do it?

Consider making this test if you suffer from any of the following symptoms or conditions:

  • Bloating, gas, diarrhoea, constipationInflammatory

  • Bowel DiseaseHeadaches, migraines Joint painImmune dysfunction

  • Skin rashes

  • Behavioural issues

  • Learning or memory difficulties

  • Nasal congestion

  • Emotional Imbalance, mood problems

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Obesity, overweight

  • Epilepsy, seizuresor any other chronic disease

How to make the test?

Test kits are available at your healthcare provider’s office. OAT is a non-invasive urine test. The patient need to collect their first morning urine before any food or drink. Eating apples, grapes (including raisins), pears, cranberries and their juices 48 hours prior to specimen collection should be avoided. Avoid arabinogalactan, echinacea, reishi mushrooms, and ribose supplements for 48 hours before collection.

What to do about the results?

Your healthcare provider evaluates the results. If abnormalities found, dietary and lifestyle changes are encouraged and different dietary supplements are recommended.

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