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Neurotransmitter Testing: What It Could Mean for You


Neurotransmitter testing is crucial to monitoring health.

Testing Your Neurotransmitters

These molecules transmit messages within the brain and throughout the body, providing the communication to all the organs, tissues and muscles. When they are in balance, you feel good and your body works as it should. When they are out of balance, you might feel anxious, depressed, tired, irritable or any number of other uncomfortable states. Today’s fast-paced lifestyle with its nearly constant stream of stressors can bring imbalance to our neurotransmitter levels. Other contributors can be a poor diet, environmental toxicities, drug use, and even some medications. This is why neurotransmitter testing is crucial to monitoring health.

What is Neurotransmitter Testing?

Now there is a test that your doctor can order that can effectively test your neurotransmitter levels to see which ones are out of balance. It is an easy and discreet test–done in the privacy of your own home. It involves collecting the second urine of the day and sending it, prepaid, to our state-of-the-art lab.

Sanesco’s State-of-the-Art Laboratory: NeuroLab

For over a decade, NeuroLab continues to be the foremost high-complexity clinical laboratory for the measurement of neurotransmitters and hormones. As a pioneer in neurotransmitter and hormone testing, NeuroLab exceeds industry standards when it comes to quality, accuracy and reproducibility of reported lab results. NeuroLab uses the most sophisticated equipment available for its neurotransmitter testing, comparable to the technology used by leading research institutions around the world—this technology is called UPLC-MS/MS (also known as Ultra-High-Performance Liquid Chromatography Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry).  UPLC-MS/MS provides increased accuracy and shorter processing time.

Once your imbalances have been identified in our lab, your doctor will choose one or more of Sanesco’s natural, amino acid-based formulas that can help re-balance your body’s neurotransmitter system.

What About Hormones?

Hormones are also a hugely important part of your “communication chemistry.” They act on their own, and they also interact with every neurotransmitter, in both the brain and in the body. At Sanesco and NeuroLab, we test for the adrenal hormones (cortisol and DHEA-s), and the sex hormones (progesterone, testosterone and the three estrogens) via four saliva samples, taken at specific times over the course of one day. Saliva is considered to be one of the most reliable methods for measuring your hormone levels.

Finding and restoring hormone imbalance is just as important as finding and establishing improved neurotransmitter balance. Re-balancing your hormones along with your neurotransmitters is more effective than working with either system by itself. In this way, your doctor can address a much broader spectrum of issues: mood, fatigue, anxiety, sleeplessness, monthly cycle issues, etc. Sanesco offers at-home collection kits that combine hormone and neurotransmitter testing or individual kits for each.

How Can I Start Neurotransmitter- and Hormone-Level Testing?

Ask your healthcare provider if hormone and neurotransmitter testing may be right for you. Our lab test reports give your doctor information about how well your neurotransmitters and hormones are functioning and provide insight into why you may be experiencing certain symptoms.

If your healthcare provider doesn’t have a Sanesco account, it’s easy for them to enroll and get started. Have them open their account so they can order a test for you.  Otherwise, find a Sanesco network healthcare provider in your area who may refer you for testing.

Ramona Richard, MS, NC

Ramona Richard, MS, NC

Ramona Richard graduated with honors from the University of California with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and graduated summa cum laude with a Master’s Degree in Health and Nutrition Education. She also holds a Standard Designated Teaching Credential from the State of California, is a California state-certified Nutrition Consultant and a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals.

Ramona has participated in nutrition education in both public and private venues, including high school and college presentations, radio and public speaking for the past 20 years. She is the owner of Radiance, a nutrition consulting company, the Director of Education for Sanesco International, and a medical technical writer.

Disclaimer: The information provided is only intended to be general educational information to the public. It does not constitute medical advice. If you have specific questions about any medical matter or if you are suffering from any medical condition, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

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