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Porphyrins Profile, Urine - Genova Test Kit

Quick Overview

The Porphyrins Profile can help identify the severity of heavy metal toxicity or organic chemical exposure. Chemical exposure and a heavy toxic burden can have physiological effects resulting in impaired metabolism and cellular function.

Test #GD6001

$298.00

Availability: In stock

Preparation

No fasting required. Ship to lab Monday-Thursday only. Please read all of the directions and the collection procedures prior to starting test. Restrict fluid intake to three 8-ounce glasses or less for 24 hours. Make sure no more than 8 ounces are consumed after 8:00 p.m. the evening prior to collection. Do not collect during menstruation.

Test Results 14-16 days once the lab receives the specimen. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Porphyrins are proteins involved in the formation of heme measured in urine. Heme is essential for the proper function of many proteins including oxygen transport, energy production, and detoxification. Proper porphyrin production is essential for our body's capacity to detoxify toxins.

Porphyrins are particularly well suited for assessing heavy metal toxicity. First, the heme pathway is a constantly-changing pathway that is active in almost every cell of the body. Any disturbance in the pathway tends to cause rapid and relatively large accumulations of intermediates, such as porphyrins. Second, the enzymes of the pathway are widely distributed in human tissues, and are highly sensitive to the presence of various toxins, creating the large accumulation of porphyrins in the pathway.

Symptoms of toxicity:

  • Fatigue/weakness
  • Chemical sensitivity
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Memory loss
  • Insomnia
  • Numbness and tingling in hands and feet
  • Tremors
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Loss of appetite

Sources of toxicants:

  • Fish
  • Amalgams
  • Polluted air and soil
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Paints
  • Pottery
  • Ground water
  • Tobacco

Porphyrin testing helps identify:

  • Levels of biochemical damage caused by toxicant exposure
  • Physiologic burden of a person's level of toxins
  • Levels of porphyrin elevation correlated with levels of toxic interference
  • Toxicity of patients before and during chelation therapy
  • Toxicity of therapeutic drugs

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