What is in a Hair Mineral Analysis Report

August 22, 2013 | By | 7 Replies More

Some readers have been wondering what is in a Hair Mineral Analysis report. So I thought it was time I wrote a little more about this.

What is in a Hair Mineral Analysis Report?

Apart from the usual identification information, the first thing most people look at is the pair of graphs on the first page, see above. The levels of the nutrient minerals (in blue) should be between the two pointers for the reference range. Anything above or below  is incorrect.  In the graph above all but Phosphorous and Boron are with in the acceptable range, but Boron is very low.  Many people will be surprised to find that their calcium is too high, and magnesium is too low.

The next graph (shown above in orange) shows the levels of the main toxic minerals. These are within the reference range – which is fine.  Above the line would be classed as high, and need investigation as to why the levels are raised. Often imbalanced ratios can be corrected by suitable supplementation so (for instance) a raised mercury level doesn’t necessarily mean start saving for a mercury-free dentist!

Those two graphs are just the beginning of what you will see. Click here to download an example.

The graph at the bottom of the first page shows the levels of “Additional Minerals” – including: Germanium, Barium, Bismuth etc – these are considered as possibly essential, but further studies are underway to gain better understanding of their purpose.

Over the page you will find the significant ratios, with indication as to whether they are low, high or in an acceptance range. These ratios are:

  • Calcium / Phosphorous
  • Sodium / Potassium
  • Calcium / Potassium
  • Zinc / Copper
  • Sodium / Magnesium
  • Calcium / Magnesium
  • Iron / Copper

As I’ve said many times, it’s not just the actual levels of the minerals that are important. It’s the ratios. So a high Calcium could result in the Calcium/Phosphorous and Calcium/Magnesium ratios being outside (higher than) the acceptance range.

Similarly, the toxic ratios are calculated and compared to acceptable ranges. In the list below the toxic mineral (second of the pair) can interfere with the functions of the nutrient mineral (first).

  • Calcium / Lead
  • Iron / Lead
  • Iron / Mercury
  • Selenium / Mercury
  • Zinc / Cadmium
  • Zinc / Mercury
  • Sulfur / Mercury
  • Sulfur  Cadmium
  • Sulfur / Lead

For instance, the results of these toxic ratios (not shown here) show that the iron/mercury, selenium/mercury and zinc/mercury ratios are higher than the acceptance range, because – referring to the toxic minerals – mercury is a little high in relation to the levels of iron, selenium and zinc. Ratios NOT within the acceptance range suggest that a toxic mineral is “interfering with” the nutrient mineral.

The charts are followed by textual information, including:

  • Metabolic type indicated by this mineral pattern
  • Trends of potential health conditions such as: anemia, arteriosclerosis,colitis, depression, diverticulosis, headaches, hypertension, insomnia, joint stiffness, osteoporosis  (Please note, trends towards, not diagnosis – for that you would need to see your doctor.)
  • This is then followed by comments on points of interest – such as how an excess of one mineral can contribute to a deficiency in another, or how an unacceptable ratio can be associated with various health complaints. This section usually runs to two or three pages.
  • Following on from this is a section on supplements and foods that are contraindicated by the current mineral pattern. For example, someone with an already excess calcium should avoid vitamin D, because it increases calcium absorption.
  • Dietary suggestions follow on, including how certain foods affect the metabolic type demonstrated by this profile, and mineral sources in foods that should be avoided or increased.
  • Finally a recommended supplement program is devised, designed to correct the imbalances found in the report.

You can download a sample report here, and the above examples of what is in a hair mineral analysis will probably make more sense.

There are different HMA reports available and obviously you’ll understand that  quality and amount of information provided will be different depending on the company you choose.  I tried using a cheaper company than the company to which the information on this site relates (the company my college recommended).  The cheaper report took much longer to arrive, which upset my client,  and when it finally arrived it didn’t contain anywhere near the quality of information that you’ll find in the example from the company I currently use – as obviously I switched back!

I hope this has been helpful if you have been considering the test. There are some FAQs on my website and/or you can download a free ebook for more detailed explanations than I’ve been able to supply here.


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Category: Essential Minerals, Featured, Hair Mineral Analysis, Mineral Toxicity

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A fully qualified nutritionist since 2000, I prefer to use Hair Mineral Analysis to assess my clients' health needs because it is an objective, scientifically validated method that is tailored to each client's current bodily state.

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  1. Ginny Carter says:

    Wow looks really technical, way over my hair (joke). It’s kind of scary to think what you can find out – hopefully in my case nothing terrible!
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  2. Debra Moser says:

    Hi Joy, what a very interesting post. Thank you. Is the hair analysis similar to a saliva analysis? I recently found out because I have celiac disease that I was B12 deficient and now supplementing and feeling much better. Can you actually determine this in a hair analysis? Just fascinating!
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    • Joy says:

      Hi Debra

      Thanks, I’m pleased you found it interesting.

      We use recent growth of hair in preference to saliva because hair locks in your mineral status over a period of a couple of months whereas when testing for minerals, a blood or saliva test could reflect just what you have eaten that day.

      I’m pleased you’re feeling better with the B12, that’s good you found an answer. HMA doesn’t diagnose in the same way that a biopsy would. The computer recognises patterns associated with disease trends from over 200,000 profiles tested over the years. For instance people with celiac disease tend to lose large amounts of magnesium – possibly 4 times as much as normal.

      It’s a fascinating subject. Thanks for raising some interesting points. Joy
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  3. Bonnie Gean says:

    Is there anything in particular a person can do to bring the natural shine back to our hair?

    If so, I would really love to know how! Thanks!
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    • Joy says:

      Hi Bonnie

      You may be short of essential fatty acids (omega-3) that you can get from oily fish or supplements.

      If you have nutritional deficiencies your hair may be the first indicator, because nutrients will be diverted from your hair to service more vital functions. It’s not just an old-wives’ tail that beautiful looking hair shows good health :-)

      Hope that helps. Joy
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Joy HealeyHello, Thanks for visiting my blog. Did you know that much ill-health occurs as a result of mineral imbalances?  Mineral Therapy can help improve your health. To learn more about minerals for health in my free ebook click here.