Amino Acid Tests

Amino Acid Testing
Forrest Health Online offers at home clinical testing, interpretation and natural vitamin, herbal and homeopathic therapies for amino acid imbalances and deficiencies.

What are amino acids?
Known as the "building blocks" of proteins, amino acids play a variety of critical roles in our physiology. Their availability to body tissues has the potential to affect several clinical conditions when supply is inadequate. Many amino acids are considered essential, as our bodies cannot make them naturally, but must receive them from our diet.

Why are amino acids important?

Amino acids have more diverse functions than any other nutrient group. They become a factor in nearly every chemical process that affects physical, mental, and emotional function. When amino acid supply is inadequate to meet tissue demand, important body functions suffer, resulting in the appearance of signs and symptoms.

These signals from the body can be wide reaching-from immune system effects to cardiovascular disease to emotional disorders and more-as show in the table above. This is due to the vast array of functions requiring optimal amino acid availability.

Why does your practitioner want to test amino acid levels?
Consuming a diet rich in protein has the potential to provide amino acids for use in your body. Yet many factors affect your body's ability to break down protein efficiently and provide tissues with these much needed nutrients. Some of these factors include poor digestion function, improper use of medications such as antacids or acid blockers, increased stress responses, poor eating habits, and aging.

As a result, adequate protein intake does not ensure an optimal amino acid supply within your body. Ensuring a balanced and optimal intake of these nutrients becomes critical for prevention as well as treatment of many chronic illnesses.

Measurement of amino acid levels can provide valuable information to your health care practitioner about the overall status of your essential amino acid availability. In a single, low cost procedure, your practitioner can utilize a powerful therapy, designed specifically for you, in the form of a customized amino acid formulation.

Recognizing your biochemical individuality is a key factor in increasing chances for therapeutic success. Evaluation of amino acids allows for a treatment plan individualized to your unique needs.

What is amino acid therapy?
Customized amino acid powders are individually formulated, based on your specific test results. By addressing your specific amino acid requirements, your practitioner can optimize your chance of therapeutic success with these important nutrients.

Customized amino acid formulations provide appropriate amounts of essential and conditionally essential amino acids, delivered in a balanced ratio to offset any chance of imbalance sometimes seen with use of single amino acids.

Your individualized amino acid powder consists of seven essential amino acids and 5-hydroxytryptophan (5HTP) plus three conditionally essential amino acids. Two activating nutrients needed to ensure proper metabolism of amino acids in the liver and inside the cell are also included.

When you order a test from us we will send you the test kits with free mailers. Samples are taken at home  or the lab and then mailed directly to the testing laboratory. Results are review by Dr. Forrest and then sent to you.

Not Certain What To Do Next?
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