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Comprehensive Mineral Panel

Our most complete mineral panel, this Comprehensive Mineral Panel measures levels of five common minerals found in the body: calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, and zinc.

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Our most complete mineral panel, this Comprehensive Mineral Panel measures levels of five common minerals found in the body: calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. These minerals play key roles in a range of bodily functions and are essential to your everyday health. Excessive or deficient mineral levels can cause symptoms ranging in severity and can lead to more serious concerns if not addressed.

At a fraction of the cost of individual testing, this Comprehensive Mineral Panel includes the following:

How Our Comprehensive Mineral Panel Works

Once you place your order for the Comprehensive Mineral Panel, simply stop by one of our 4,000+ nationwide testing facilities when convenient and have your sample collected. A certified staff member will take a small blood sample, at which point your job is complete. The process is painless and takes only a few minutes. In fact, most patients are in and out of the facility in under a half-hour. From there, your sample will be processed in a CLIA-certified laboratory. You’ll have complete results in as little as 24-72 hours regarding any potential mineral deficiencies or surpluses.

Common Mineral Overdose Symptoms

An excess of minerals in your bloodstream can lead to mineral toxicity while low levels signal deficiency. The common symptoms of mineral toxicity–depending on the mineral in question–include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Yellowing of skin
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair or skin changes
  • Hypoglycemia.1

Common Mineral Deficiency Symptoms

On the other end of the spectrum, a lack of necessary minerals can lead to the development of mineral deficiency symptoms, including but not limited to:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Brittle nails
  • Eczema
  • Insomnia
  • Unexpected mood changes
  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness
  • Loss of appetite.2

This list of common symptoms is not exhaustive but reflects those symptoms that generally occur, depending on the minerals that exist in low levels in your body.

How to Interpret Your Results

We strive to make interpreting your results as straightforward as possible. Our Comprehensive Mineral Panel is a blood test that measures your body’s current levels of specific minerals with comprehensive, CLIA-certified inductively coupled plasma, mass spectrometry and spectrophotometry testing methods.

When reviewing your results, you’ll notice ‘results’, ‘flag’ and ‘reference range’ columns. The ‘reference range’ refers to the threshold for the specific mineral. The ‘result’ is the numerical value describing the prevalence of that mineral. The final outcome of your panel can be found under the ‘flag’ column, reported as either normal or abnormal. An abnormal test will indicate a surplus or deficient level of each mineral. If your result is higher than the reference range, it is considered a surplus. However, if your result is less than the reference range, it is considered a deficiency.

For more detailed information, visit our Sample Test Results page to learn more about interpreting your results.

Can You Really Get Too Many Minerals?

Yes! Mineral overdose can result from taking too many supplements or over-consuming mineral-rich foods. While maintaining a well-balanced diet of different minerals is highly recommended, it can be harmful to consume too many minerals.3 For example, ingesting an abundance of iron can be toxic to the body and cause extreme fatigue and depression.4

Frequently Asked Questions

  • One of the most common mineral deficiencies in the US is calcium. The National Library of Medicine reports that nearly 70% of Americans fail to meet the recommended daily intake of calcium, which is due to either inadequate intake of calcium-rich foods or to poor absorption.5

    It has also been reported that caffeinated beverages, alcohol, soda, dark leafy greens, beans and whole grains can decrease the body’s absorption of calcium.

  • All of the tests we offer are performed in CLIA-certified labs to ensure the highest level of accuracy. If you’re testing for certain STDs, you’ll want to consider their latency periods as testing too quickly after exposure could produce an inaccurate result simply because the virus is too new to be detected. If you have questions, our care counselors are happy to walk you through the process, start to finish.

  • We understand that health testing can be a sensitive experience and you should expect a high degree of privacy. We utilize Quest Diagnostics collection sites that are discreet and nondescript. This means you will never be singled out for getting tested, and nobody in the lobby will know your reason for visiting. You will never be sent to a public clinic, health department, or doctor’s office.

  • Magnesium deficiency can lead to depression. Unfortunately, half of Americans do suffer from a deficiency in Magnesium. There are several common additions to our lifestyle choices that contribute to this deficiency:

    • Excess alcohol
    • Coffee
    • Sugar
    • Phosphoric acid (soda)
    • Chronic stress
    • Antibiotics
    • Diuretics

    The NIH recommends a daily magnesium intake of about 400 to 420 milligrams (mg) for adult men and 310 to 320 mg for adult women.6

  1. Wooltorton, Eric. “Too much of a good thing? Toxic effects of vitamin and mineral supplements.” CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l’Association medicale canadienne vol. 169,1 (2003): 47-8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC164945/.

  2. “Mineral deficiency.” Encyclopedia of Children’s Health. Accessed: April 15, 2022. http://www.healthofchildren.com/M/Mineral-Deficiency.html.

  3. Cari Nierenberg. “Getting Too Much of Vitamins And Minerals.” Nourish by WebMD. March 6, 2022. https://www.webmd.com/diet/guide/effects-of-taking-too-many-vitamins.

  4. “Vitamins and Minerals: How Much is Too Much?.” Hospital for Special Surgery. Accessed: April 15, 2022. https://www.hss.edu/newsroom_how-much-vitamin-and-minerals.asp.

  5. Bailey, Regan L et al. “Estimation of total usual calcium and vitamin D intakes in the United States.” The Journal of nutrition vol. 140,4 (2010): 817-22. doi:10.3945/jn.109.118539. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2838624/.

  6. “Magnesium.” National Institutes of Health. March 22, 2021. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-Consumer/.