Hair loss and weak nails are typically a sign of a nutritional deficiency. While a simple blood test can tell you about short term levels of minerals and nutrients that are responsible for healthy nails and hair, a hair test will show you a much bigger picture and help you understand how well you have absorbed nutrients over a long period of time. This way, even if your blood tests seem normal, a hair test can detect deficiencies that occurred over time and help you target the source of the problem accordingly.
In this test we will focus on zinc, which is known for its important role in maintaining healthy hair and nails.
Zinc is a trace element, which means our body only needs very small amounts to benefit from it. Main sources of zinc include meat, fish, eggs and nuts.
Zinc plays an important role in many vital processes in our body, it is a part of hundreds of enzymes, and it is responsible for hair cell health. It is also required for healthy growth of nails.
Research shows solid evidence that zinc deficiency can result in hair loss, as well as weak, peeling and brittle nails.
This test will detect the history of zinc absorption. It will give you an insight on processes that happened over time, and you will also receive nutritional recommendations from our experts that can help you reach and maintain a good balance of nutrients for healthy hair and nails.
Alternatively, you can order our 35-element test to get a broader picture about your overall health status.
If you want to know more about the possible health implications of heavy metal toxicity, we wrote an entire blog post about it here.