At Home Blood Test Kit

Amino Acids 20 Plasma Profile - Genova Test Kit

Quick Overview

Evaluation of 20 essential amino acids.  Note: This is a pre-paid shipping test kit that will be mailed and it requires a blood draw. Please Click Here to locate a lab for specimen collection. 

Test #MMX0011


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10-12 hour fasting is required. Ship to lab Monday-Thursday only. It is best to ship your specimen within 48 hours of collection. It is not necessary to discontinue nutritional supplements prior to this test. Abnormalities that may be found will reveal needs that have not been met by recent supplement intake.  Please read patient instructions very carefully prior to beginning the test.

Test Results 7-14 days once the lab receives the specimen.


PLEASE NOTE: This is a pre-paid shipping test kit that will be mailed and it requires a blood draw. If LabCorp or another lab charges a draw fee, Walk-In Lab will reimburse up to $25 upon receipt submission within 30 days of purchase.

In addition to pinpointing problems in amino acid absorption and determining essential amino acid imbalances, the plasma amino acid 40 test includes evaluation of limiting, branched chain, and essential and non-essential amino acids. It also identifies several functional categories, such as neuroendocrine, vascular, collagen status and detoxification, along with five calculated ratios, and identifies vitamin and mineral insufficiencies.

Plasma Amino Acids:

Fasting plasma levels represent a homeostatic balance between supply and utilization of amino acids making this specimen option ideal for repeated assessments to monitor progress of treatment. Collecting a fasting plasma specimen from a patient removes recent dietary intake effects. The following factors can effect changes over time in plasma:

  • Chronic dietary intake
  • Digestive efficiency
  • Hepatic uptake
  • Skeletal muscle's ability to maintain transamination

Why is amino acid testing important?

Amino acids, known as the "building blocks" of proteins, are found in every tissue of the body. They play a major role in nearly every chemical process that affects both physical and mental function including the formation of ligaments, tendons, bones, and antibodies, as well as regulation of enzymes and blood transport proteins. Twenty different amino acids are used to synthesize proteins.

The human body can synthesize all of the amino acids necessary to build proteins except for ten called the "essential amino acids". These ten must be included in the diet or supplemented to be in adequate supplies. Failure to obtain enough of even 1 of the 10 essential amino acids has serious health implications and can result in degradation of the body's proteins. Muscle and other protein structures may be dismantled to obtain the one amino acid that is needed.

Amino acids have more diverse functions than any other nutrient group, including:

  • Gastrointestinal function
  • Cellular energy production
  • Detoxification
  • Neurotransmitter metabolism
  • Muscle catabolism
  • Collagen
  • Nutritional markers
  • Vascular function.

Conditions Associated with Amino Acid Changes in Plasma:

Cardiovascular disease
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Multiple sclerosis
Rheumatoid arthritis
Congestive heart failure
Impotence/Erectile pain syndromes
Multiple chemical sensitivities
Detoxification disorders
Spectrum Disorders
Alzhiemer's Disease

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