Optimal Result: 0 - 7 µg/g.

The Aluminum (Al) level in hair is a reliable indicator of assimilation of this element, provided that hair preparations have not added exogenous Al.

Al is a nonessential element that can be toxic if excessively assimilated into cells.

Excess Al can inhibit the formation of alpha-keto glutarate and result in toxic levels of ammonia in tissues. Al can bind to phosphorylated bases on DNA and disrupt protein synthesis and catabolism. Al excess should be considered when symptoms of presenile dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are observed. Hair Al is often elevated in children and adults with behavioral/learning disorders such as ADD, ADHD, and autism. Individuals with renal problems or on renal dialysis may have elevated Al. Al is one of the most abundant metallic elements and due to its light weight, tensile strength and corrosion-resistant oxide coat, it is utilized in a wide variety of industrial and household applications (packing materials, containers, kitchen utensils, automobile and airplane components, and building materials). Commercial Al alloys commonly include copper, manganese, zinc, silicon, and magnesium. Inorganic aluminum compounds are found in drinking water, skin tanning solutions, cosmetics, mordants and coagulating agents. Al is used as a catalyst in the production of marble cement, concrete, and in the paper and enamel industries. Organoaluminum compounds are utilized to adjust the viscosity of varnishes, to impregnate textiles, and for antitransparents is cosmetics. Other sources of Al include antacids, baking powder, process cheese and other foods, and some vaccines. Analyses performed at DDI indicate extremely high levels of Al in the majority of “colloidal mineral” products.

Al has neurotoxic effects at high levels, but low levels of accumulation may not elicit immediate symptoms. Early symptoms of Al burden may include: fatigue, headache, and symptoms of phosphate depletion. A post-Desferrioxamine or EDTA urine elements test can be used to corroborate Al exposure. Al can be effectively complexed and excreted with silicon (J. Environ. Pathol. Toxicol. Oncol., 13(3):205-7, 1994). A complex of malic acid and Mg has been reported to be quite effective in lowering Al levels (DDI clients), and appears to be very effective in the treatment of fibromyalgia.

What does it mean if your Aluminum result is too high?

The Aluminum (Al) level in hair may be an indicator of exposure and assimilation of this element, provided that hair preparations have not added exogenous Al. Al is a nonessential element that can be toxic if excessively assimilated into cells.

Excess Al can inhibit the formation of alpha-keto glutarate and result in toxic levels of ammonia in tissues. Al can bond to phosphorylated bases on DNA and disrupt protein synthesis and catabolism. Al excess should be considered when symptoms of presenile dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are observed. Hair Al is commonly elevated in children and adults with low zinc and behavioral/learning disorders such as ADD, ADHD and autism. Individuals with renal problems or on renal dialysis may have elevated Al.

Possible sources of Al include some antacid medications, Al cookware, baking powder, processed cheese, drinking water, and antiperspirant components that may be absorbed. Analyses performed at DDI indicate extremely high levels of Al are in many colloidal mineral products.

Al has neurotoxic effects at high levels, but low levels of accumulation may not elicit immediate symptoms. Early symptoms of Al burden may include: fatigue, headache, and symptoms of phosphate depletion.

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