OAT Test Description

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.

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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.


  • Allergies
  • Anaemia
  • Autism
  • Blood sugar irregularities
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Depression / Anxiety
  • Dermatitis
  • Fatigue
  • Hyperactivity
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Malabsorption and maldigestion
  • Mental or developmental delay
  • Mood disorders
  • Muscle pain
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Inflammation


Book an online consultation or a face to face appointment at our Brisbane or Graceville clinics with one of our naturopaths and let us help you understand if the accumulation of organic acids is an underlying cause of your health issues. Any functional health tests that we order will either be mailed to you for completion at home or if a blood test is required, we refer to major pathology laboratories that can be accessed anywhere in Australia.

A test pricing guide is available here.

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