The Amino Acid Profile from Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory uses a systems-biology approach to evaluate essential and non-essential amino acids in plasma. Plasma amino acids generally exhibit low variation within individuals, with essential amino acids maintaining a relatively steady state. Excessive or insufficient amino acid levels may be the result of an imbalanced diet or changes in requirements due to genetic variants, disease, or impaired metabolism.

What Are the Benefits of Amino Acid Testing?

Amino acids play a primary role in human health and physiology. They are the building blocks of proteins and polypeptides.1 Amino acids are substrates of compounds such as neurotransmitters, thyroid hormones, and melatonin, as well as supporting conjugation, glucuronidation, and the Krebs cycle.

Amino acid levels can impact metabolic function and cardiovascular, brain, and immune health.2

Evaluating amino acids in plasma allows practitioners to view key metabolic pathways, identifying areas of dysfunction that can be early predictors of disease.*

The Amino Acid Profile identifies metabolomic perturbations that can be addressed using personalized-medicine interventions, including dietary recommendations, lifestyle changes, and targeted supplementation with amino acids or nutrient co-factors.

Who Can Benefit from the Plasma Amino Acids Profile?

The Plasma Amino Acids Profile pinpoints areas of insufficiency, excess, or dysfunction that have been associated with a wide range of conditions.*

Practitioners Can Use the Amino Acids Profile to Optimize Patient Health in Conditions Such As:

  • Dysmetabolism, prediabetes, and diabetes
  • Weight changes and obesity
  • Fatigue
  • Athletic performance
  • Poor immune function
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Maldigestion/malabsorption and associated conditions
  • Insulin resistance/type 2 diabetes
  • Renal and liver dysfunction

Methodology: MS/MS – The newer testing results in significant increases in sensitivity & specificity, and increased reproducibility.

Collection Details:

Patient Preparation:

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Collection Instructions:

Specimen Requirements: Blood Plasma