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(Trace) Element in blood
(Trace) elements are crucial parts of many kinds of biochemical conversions in the body, such as co-factors in enzyme reactions. The (trace)elements belong in the same way as the vitamins, the essential amino acids and the essential fatty acids to the elements human beings need to be able to function well and that a human being is unable to produce from food. Hereditary factors, conditions of life such as stress, nausea, pregnancy, smoking and exposure to toxic substances (like heavy metals) can influence the need for trace elements. It is also possible that the requirement changes during the lifetime. Deficiency or excess of (trace)elements can lead to a decreased function of several (organ)systems and the human body as a whole. Other (trace) elements/toxic metals can influence the need for a (trace) element. Consequently ratios are sometimes also important.

The elements in blood test can provide insight into absolute and relative deficiencies, toxicities and imbalances between elements. The test can be used for diagnostic or preventive purpose. The test can also give insight into the effect of dietary changes/supplementation. The test gives information about the levels at the moment of blood taking.
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