Amino Acids 20 Profile - Blood Spot

A Finger-Stick Amino Acid Profile for Personalized Supplementation

Featuring an Expanded Amino Acids Panel

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Why use the Amino Acids 20 Blood Spot Profile?

The Bloodspot Amino Acids 20 Profile is a convenient finger-stick amino acid test that can uncover problems in amino acid intake and absorption by measuring levels of essential and non-essential amino acids. Imbalanced or insufficient amino acids can affect a wide range of body functions, producing symptoms that negatively affect the quality of life. Intervention with a customized amino-acid supplement based on test results may be effective in conditions associated with inadequate amino acid intake and/or absorption.

Effective for Patients Experiencing:

Common clinical indications for amino acid testing include:

  • Gaining insight into Dietary Protein Intake and Digestion/Absorption
  • Weight Issues/Dietary Guidance

About the Amino Acids 20 Blood Spot Profile

With just a simple finger stick, this easy-to-use blood spot test offers a convenient alternative to a blood draw in determining amino acid status. This profile is a great option for clinicians without access to blood-draw facilities.

The complete Amino Acids 20 Profile Bloodspot assesses:

  • Essential Amino Acids
    • Limiting Amino Acids
    • Branched Chain Amino Acids
    • Other Essential Amino Acids
    • Conditionally Essential Amino Acids
  • Amino Acid Functional Categories

The distinctive Amino Acids 20 Profile Blood Spot report provides:

  • Quintile reporting of results to allow the clinician to quickly see potential areas of concern
  • Customized Amino Acid Formula – customized amino acids blend based on test results

Clinical Overview

What is the Amino Acids 20 Blood Spot Profile?

Amino acids play central roles as building blocks of proteins and as intermediates in metabolism. Amino-acid metabolism may be compromised by common lifestyle and dietary factors, which may result in inadequate levels of essential amino acids and/or missing nutrient cofactors required for effective amino acid metabolism. The Bloodspot Amino Acids 20 Profile is a finger-stick amino acid test that can illuminate problems in amino acid absorption and metabolism by determining amino acid imbalances in the nine essential amino acids, four conditionally essential amino acids, and seven additional amino acids. Intervention with a customized amino-acid supplement based on test results may be effective in conditions associated with inefficient amino acid metabolism.

The complete Amino Acids 20 Profile Bloodspot assesses:

  • Essential Amino Acids
    • Limiting Amino Acids
    • Branched Chain Amino Acids
    • Other Essential Amino Acids
    • Conditionally Essential Amino Acids
  • Amino Acid Functional Categories
    • Vascular Function
    • Neurotransmitters and Precursors
    • Sulfur Amino Acids (Glutathione-related)
    • Urea Cycle and Ammonia Detoxification
    • Ratios

The distinctive Amino Acids 20 Profile Blood Spot report provides:

  • Quintile reporting of results to allow the clinician to quickly see potential areas of concern
  • Amino acids results categorized into functional areas
  • Customized Amino Acid Formula – customized amino acids blend based on test results

When Should the Amino Acids 20 Blood Spot Profile Be Considered?

Common clinical indications for amino acid testing include:

  • Gaining insight into Dietary Protein Intake and Digestion/Absorption
  • Weight Issues/Dietary Guidance

What Advantage Does the Amino Acids 20 Blood Spot Profile Offer Compared to Other Diagnostics?

Amino-acid assessment through blood spot testing can provide indications for dietary modification of protein intake and/or amino-acid supplementation.

This profile is a great option for clinicians without access to blood-draw facilities. With just a simple finger stick, this easy-to-use blood spot test offers a convenient alternative to a blood draw in determining amino acid status.

Advantages of blood spot testing:

  • Easy to implement in any practice
  • Does not require venipuncture
  • Cost-effective testing and therapy
  • Easy enough for patients to use at home
  • Simple and economical option for follow-up testing

What Can Clinicians and Patients Expect from the Amino Acids 20 Blood Spot Profile?

Imbalanced or insufficient amino acids can affect a wide range of body functions, producing symptoms that negatively affect the quality of life. An expanded panel of essential, conditionally essential amino acids, and non-essential amino acids provides clinical utility and supports the development of personalized treatments. A formula for a customized amino-acid blend is provided with each report, offering suggested replacement amounts based on test results.

Test name(s): 0113 - Amino Acids - 20 analytes*

Method: HPLC

*Not available in New York

Test Type: Blood Spot Test

Analyte List
Arginine
Asparagine
Aspartic Acid
Citrulline
Glutamic acid
Glutamine
Glycine
Histidine
Isoleucine
Leucine
Lysine
Methionine
Ornithine
Phenylalanine
Serine
Taurine
Threonine
Tryptophan
Tyrosine
Valine
CPT Codes  
Arginine 82139
Asparagine 82139
Aspartic Acid 82139
Citrulline 82139
Glutamic acid 82139
Glutamine 82139
Glycine 82139
Histidine 82139
Isoleucine 82139
Leucine 82139
Lysine 82139
Methionine 82139
Ornithine 82139
Phenylalanine 82139
Serine 82139
Taurine 82139
Threonine 82139
Tryptophan 82139
Tyrosine 82139
Valine 82139
Specimen Requirements
Blood spot, fasting