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What Are Organic Acids?

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Organic acids are products of metabolism that can sensitively identify nutrient deficiencies that lead to metabolic roadblocks. Metametrix

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Conventional medical doctors use a complete blood count (CBC) and a metabolic panel (MP) as general screening tools to help rule out health problems in their patients. In addition to these standard laboratory tests, functional medicine practitioners use an organic acid test to identify imbalances occurring in the body that may well precede abnormal findings on a CBC or an MP. Organic acids are products of metabolism that can sensitively identify nutrient deficiencies that lead to metabolic roadblocks. Traditionally they were used for detection of neonatal inborn errors of metabolism, including mitochondrial disorders.