- July 1, 2018
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Organic acids are chemical compounds secreted in the urine that are the product of metabolism. Metabolism is the sum of chemical reactions in organisms where the body builds up new molecules and breaks particles to eliminate waste and produce energy.
Organic acids are commonly analyzed in urine because they are not widely re-absorbed into kidney tubes after glomerular filtration. And thus are more easily detected in the urine.
A number of organic acids directly or indirectly indicate a lack of important vitamins such as vitamin B12, pantothenic acid, biotin, and others. One of the most important uses of organic acid testing is the indication of dysbiosis, abnormal growth of yeast and bacteria in the intestines. Some of these bacterial products from the intestine enter the bloodstream and can alter the metabolism of neurotransmitters such as dopamine.
Our organic acid test also includes signs of vitamin and mineral levels, oxidative stress, and neurotransmitter levels, the only OAT that contains oxalate markers, which are closely related to many chronic diseases.
If abnormalities are detected using OAT, treatments can include dietary supplements, such as vitamins, antioxidants, or diet modification. When treated, patients and practitioners reported significant improvement such as decreased fatigue, normal bowel function, increased energy, alertness, increased concentration, improved verbal skills, decreased activity, and reduced abdominal pain. OAT is strongly recommended as an initial screening test.