The Metabolic Analysis Profile (Urine)
The Metabolic Analysis Profile is a nutritional test that assesses urine metabolites in order to evaluate four critical areas of metabolism: gastrointestinal function, cellular and mitochondrial energy production, neurotransmitter processing, and amino acid/organic acid balance as influenced by vitamin/mineral cofactors. Results can be used to address chronic systemic complaints ranging from chronic fatigue and mood disorders to headache, muscular/joint pain, and digestive problems.
The Metabolic Analysis Profile is a nutritional test using an urinary assessment of 46 key organic acids grouped according to their primary roles in the following four central areas of metabolism.
Gastrointestinal Function — This profile measures eight markers that can reveal malabsorption and dysbiosis. These imbalances can be addressed to improve gut health and to help prevent or alleviate: chronic digestive problems, common causes of nutritional deficiency, yeast overgrowth, cognitive impairment, gastrointestinal distress, and degenerative conditions.
Energy Production —This profile assesses metabolites that serve as important intermediates in the citric acid (Krebs) cycle. This cycle supplies the body with its primary energy needs, converting 90% of food energy into cellular energy. This subpanel also includes:
- Carbohydrate metabolites that can signal impaired glucose metabolism
- Markers that help evaluate the breakdown of fats and production of cholesterol
- A marker measuring the production of coenzyme Q10
Imbalances of cellular energy metabolites are linked with chronic fatigue, accelerated cell breakdown, and unhealthy aging.
Neurotransmitter Metabolites - A special grouping of neurotransmitter metabolites serve as important diagnostic indicators of abnormal metabolism that can underline many key aspects of neuropsychiatric function. These markers are urinary metabolites of powerful neurotranmitters that act on the central nervous system, including: Epinephrine, Dopamine, and Serotonin. These substances can profoundly influence patterns of stress response, emotional well-being, cognition, and sleep.
Assessment of Nutrient Sufficiency — This nutritional test provides a functional assessment of nutrient sufficiency and usage that covers a broad range of vitamins, coenzymes, elements, enzyme activators, and other nutrients. An analysis of amino acid metabolites which require vitamin and mineral cofactors for their metabolism can hint at deficiencies of: vitamins B6, B12 and C, magnesium, copper, iron, and various amino acids.
The reference ranges for this test apply to children (2 — 12 years) and adults.
What samples will I need for the test?
Urine Test: First morning urine collection; one tube of 10ml - needs to be full (samples frozen)
What's included in the price for test kits?
The price of the tests includes test kit, shipping, lab analysis, and in some cases a written interpretation of the results along with a protocol of amino acids and supplements to use based on your particular needs by a nutritional consultant. Some tests will provide analysis without professional interpretation.
We will arrange for delivery of your kit once you have provided payment to the Pain Stress Center. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover (or check or money order in advance). Checks are subject to a 5-day hold before a kit is sent to you. You will receive a receipt from Pain & Stress Center showing proof of payment along with a Nutritional Consult/New Patient Form regarding your health and symptoms.
The kit is sent to you directly from Genova Diagnostics Lab in High Point, NC. Directions in the kit are very straight-forward, easy to understand. Your kit comes with a FedEx prepaid expedited lab jet pack designed to carry medical collection. The specimen must be returned back to Genova Diagnostics (not Pain & Stress Center) next day; so arrange to provide the specimen Sunday through Thursday,since the lab is not open on weekends.
Do I have to make an appointment with my doctor to procure my sample?
Some yes and some no. The urine, saliva, blood spot, buccal rinse, stool, and hair specimens can be easily acquired by you in your home, whereas the serum and blood draw requires a trip to a doctor’s office or lab. The kit comes with a lab slip should you opt for the blood test. Any draw fees or processing fee through the doctor’s office or lab are your responsibility.
Will I see the test results?
We receive two copies of your diagnostic test results back in our office 14-21 days after you’ve sent the specimen to Genova Lab. We will evaluate the results and set up a written program for you to follow. Items we recommend can be purchased through Pain & Stress Center. Once interpreted and formatted you will receive a copy of recommendations along with a copy of your test results by USPS or email. If your particular test does not require interpretation, we will forward just the test results directly to you.
I am trying to put the test kit in my cart but your website won't let me buy it?
There are many tests that we offer that are not eligable to be sent to New York or Ohio. If you live in one of those states you will not be able to buy a some of the test kit from us.
I changed my mind I don't want to do the test and I want a refund.
We will gladly issue refunds within 90 days of your purchase. We will do no exchnages or refunds beyond 90 days.
I did the test wrong or the lab says my sample is deteriorated, what now?
If you did your test wrong at home and need to start over, we can send you a new test kit if the original purchase is within 90 days.
If the lab cannot use your sample we will send you a new test kit as long as it falls within the 90 days of purchase.
Will my insurance cover this?
We do not take insurance, you will have to contact your insurance company for potential reimbursement.
Product Return Policy
You may return Unopened Bottles to Pain & Stress Center Products within 30 days of invoice. We do not offer refunds on products that have been opened. Please call for a return authorization number.
We charge a 20% restocking/handling fee for product returns less shipping. Shipping fees are not refundable.
PROBLEMS OR CONCERNS
If there is a problem with any product, please call 1-800-669-2256 and talk with one of our customer representatives.
†These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Statements are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any disease.