Amino Acids Analysis, Plasma

The Amino Acids Analysis nutritional test helps to identify metabolic imbalances underlying many chronic disorders. Specifically, this nutritional test evaluates dietary protein adequacy and assimilation. With the precise results and comprehensive commentary provided, nutritional deficits, metabolic impairments, and amino acid transport disorders can be accurately identified and corrected.

The Importance of Amino Acids Testing

Amino acids are essential to life. In free form or linked as peptides, they assume important roles in such activities as:

  • Neurotransmitter function
  • Pain control
  • pH regulation
  • Detoxification
  • Cholesterol metabolism
  • Control of inflammation

Amino acids comprise the building blocks of all of the body's structural tissues and hormones. All of these compounds utilize, or derive from, the essential amino acids provided by the diet. Determination of the adequacy of amino acids, proper balance between them, and conversion capability are of paramount importance in preventing illness and getting to the root of many chronic disorders.

Genova Diagnostics Amino Acids Analysis Nutritional Test

  • Employs state-of-the-art high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) to perform the most comprehensive and sensitive assay available
  • Utilizes 24-hour urine, first morning void (FMV) or fasting plasma
  • Measures more than 40 analytes, providing information related to a wide spectrum of metabolic and nutritional disorders such as:
    • Protein inadequacy
    • Gastrointestinal imbalances
    • Inflammatory responses
    • Detoxification impairments
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Ammonia toxicity
    • Food and chemical sensitivities
    • Depression or behavioral disorders, including autism and ADHD
    • Neurological dysfunction
    • Inborn errors of metabolism

Clinical Utility of the Amino Acids Analysis Nutritional Test

Measured biomarkers are grouped on the report into functional categories. These include:

  • Nutritionally essential and semi-essential amino acids
  • Dietary peptide-related markers
  • Non-essential protein amino acids
  • Intermediary metabolites and diagnostic markers

A Supplementation Schedule is provided with the report, along with suggested replacement amounts. This schedule can then be used by a compounding pharmacist to formulate a customized blend of amino acids for the patient.

In addition, an Interpretation at a Glance is provided with each report. Although extensive commentary accompanies the report, this practical guide allows the practitioner to quickly spot problem areas in the patient. Scores for the likelihood of vitamin and mineral insufficiencies as well as defects in particular organ systems are listed.

Test Type: Plasma Test

Analyte List
1-Methylhistidine
3-Methylhistidine
Alanine
Alpha-amino-N-butyric acid
Alpha-aminoadipic acid
Anserine (dipeptide)
Arginine
Argininosuccinic acid
Asparagine
Aspartic acid
Beta-alanine
Beta-aminoisobutyric acid
Carnosine (dipeptide)
Citrulline
Cyst(e)ine
Cystathionine
Ethanolamine
Gamma-aminobutyric acid
Glutamic acid
Glutamine
Glycine
Histidine
Homocysteine
Hydroxyproline
Isoleucine
Leucine
Lysine
Methionine
Ornithine
Phenylalanine
Phosphoethanolamine
Phosphoserine
Proline
Sarcosine
Serine
Taurine
Threonine
Tryptophan
Tyrosine
Urea
Valine
CPT Codes  
1-Methylhistidine 82139
Specimen Requirements
2ml plasma (preserved with sulfosalicylic acid)