Blood Metals Panel
Although mercury is included among the metals assessed for in this test, it does not provide information about the different forms of mercury and the body’s ability to excrete it as the Mercury Tri-Test™ does. The Blood Metals Panel only provides information about total mercury in the blood, and does not differentiate between organic (methylmercury) and inorganic mercury. For more information why this is important, please read about the Mercury-Tri Test.
Two Quicksilver Scientific Tests: How are they different?
The QS Mercury Tri-Test™
Our patented speciation testing technology provides analysis for inorganic and methyl mercury, allowing specific data targeting for better defined solutions. Quicksilver Scientific’s Mercury Tri-Test is the only clinical testing suite that utilizes blood, hair and urine to measure excretion abilities and exposure to inorganic and methyl mercury.
Inorganic mercury (HgII) in the blood usually reflects a dental amalgam exposure, and urine is a route of excretion for it. Some is generated from the breakdown of methylmercury inside the body. Inorganic mercury is the most cytotoxic form of mercury and, therefore, an important pool to track. By testing urine we get an index of excretion efficiency for inorganic mercury.
Methylmercury (MeHg) mostly reflects seafood consumption, though some MeHg does form in the gut from swallowed amalgam-based mercury. Excretion of methylmercury is reflected in the hair. By testing hair we get an index of excretion efficiency of methylmercury.
The QS Blood Metals Panel
Quicksilver Scientific’s Blood Metals Panel screens for 16 metals – a broad range of nutrient and toxic metals to show elevated exposures to toxic metals or imbalances of nutrient metals in whole blood.
Nutrient Elements: Calcium, Copper, Lithium, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium, Zinc
Potentially Toxic Elements: Antimony, Arsenic, Cadmium, Cobalt, Lead, Mercury, Silver, Strontium