Plasma Amino Acids-Doctor's Data Kit

Note: This is a test kit that will be mailed to you. It requires a blood draw. It is your responsibility to arrange the blood draw for your kit and payment of your specimen collection.



Fasting Required: Yes - Overnight (6 hour minimum)

Specimen: Blood

Results: 7-10 Business Days
Note: Result turnaround times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Special Instructions: Ship to lab Monday-Thursday only. Specimen must be drawn before breakfast. Non-Fasting collections can cause deviations in results. For 48 hours prior to the specimen collection discontinue taking any amino acid dietary supplements and/or amino acid metabolites such as GABA, 5- HTP, and creatine. For 48 hours prior the specimen collection do not consume artifical sweeteners containing aspartame such as NutraSweet®, Equal®, etc. Consumption of these products can cause false elevations of reported amino acid results. Your physician may or may not tell you to discontinue using other dietary supplements or medications.

Description: Amino acid (AA) analysis aids in the identification of 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. Plasma is traditionally used to assess the status of essential AA while urine analysis provides more information regarding AA wasting and aberrant metabolism associated with co-factor insufficiencies.