Organic Acid Test
The organic acid test, or OAT test, is a nutritional test providing insights into the body’s cellular metabolic processes. Urinary organic acids derived from the metabolic conversion of dietary proteins, fats and carbohydrates, in addition to compounds of bacterial origin, provide a unique chemical profile of a patient’s cellular health. The testing procedure measures the overflow or build-up of intermediate organic acid products in the urine, determining where ‘aberrations’ are occurring in metabolic pathways. These biomarkers give an overview of several major systems in the body and an analysis of nutritional deficiencies in the body.
The Organic Acid test is the preferred test used in clinical practice as many functional medicine practitioners believe the metabolic panel provides remarkable data about a patient from a simple urine collection. The organic acid tests assess a wide range of cellular and physiological processes including intestinal dysbiosis, energy production, nutrient cofactor requirements and neurotransmitter metabolism. Marked accumulation of specific organic acids detected in urine often signals a metabolic inhibition or block. The metabolic block may be due to a nutrient deficiency, an inherited enzyme deficit, toxic build-up or drug effect. By evaluating organic acid levels and pinpointing the metabolic dysfunctions occurring at the cellular level, a comprehensive, customised treatment strategy can be tailor made for each individual patient.
CONDITIONS WHICH MAY BENEFIT FROM ORGANIC ACID TESTING
- Blood sugar irregularities
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chemical sensitivities
- Depression / Anxiety
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Malabsorption and maldigestion
- Mental or developmental delay
- Mood disorders
- Muscle pain
- Autoimmune disorders