People with neurochemical imbalances may have chronic issues related to insomnia, ADD, OCD, anxiety, mood disorders, adrenal fatigue, addiction problems, and various other reproductive problems such as PMS or PMDD. With a set of four dry-urine strip samples, collected over 24 hours, the test can help assess the biochemical imbalances to find the root cause of physical and mental disorders.
The test checks 14 key chemicals and their derivatives as well as creatinine.
Our At-Home Neurotransmitters Urine Test is easy, fast, reliable, and requires just a few steps:
Receive The Kit And Collect Sample At Home.
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Neurotransmitters are chemical substances that carry information between neurons. First discovered in 1926, over a hundred such chemicals are known today. Along with neurons and their receptors, they play important roles from simple signal transfer to more complex tasks of forming memories. Neurotransmitters are key players in our mental and physical health.
This test checks 14 key chemicals and their derivatives, as listed below:
Serotonin: is a key chemical with calming effects while giving the feeling of well-being. It is known for symptoms of feel-good, euphoria, general happiness, satisfaction, and optimism. Serotonin helps with depression, sleep and memory. It is known to lower stress and anxiety, and plays a key role in regulating body temperature, bowl movement, and appetite.
Dopamine: is known to improve mental focus, attention, and motivation. It helps in increasing blood pressure and feelings of pleasure and satisfaction. It is useful in decision making and gives the feeling of control. Low levels can cause anxiety, and mental illnesses such as depression, ADD, OCD, schizophrenia, and psychosis. Very high levels of dopamine can cause hyperactivity, mood changes, insomnia, and difficulty in focusing.
Tryptophan: is a precursor to serotonin and sleep hormone melatonin. This amino acid is part of our daily diet and useful to the brain, heart and muscles.
Taurine: is another amino acid with calming properties. It helps with heart health, muscle mass, energy, digestion, and has the ability to improve sleep, anxiety, and fatigue.
5-HIAA: (5-hydroxy indoleacetic acid) is produced after the digestion of serotonin in the liver.
GABA: is brain's chemical OFF switch to control high levels of excitement. It helps reduce anxiety, blood pressure, blood glucose and helps improve mood, sleep duration, muscle relaxation, and insulin release.
Glutamate: is brain's chemical ON switch that helps with appetite, memory, libido, sleep, thinking and learning. Low energy, insomnia, lack of focus, fatigue, agitation, and depression are often associated with glutamate.
Glutamine: is a simple amino acid, that is abundant in our diets. It helps in cell division, balancing ammonia in the body, and in protecting the gut lining.
Glycine: is another simple amino acid that is one of the building blocks of our DNA. It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps in calming aggressive behavior, improving sleep, and stabilizing blood glucose. Low glycine levels can affect folic acid (Vitamin B) levels.
Histamine: is known to cause itching at sites of injury. It helps reduce pain, and has important roles in staying awake, weight loss, appetite, cognition, and memory.
Histidine: is precursor of histamine and has important roles in inflammation, oxidative stress, anxiety, and fatigue.
PEA: (phenethylamine) is a biomarker of aggression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. High levels can cause anxiety, lack of concentration, insomnia, and inflammation in the body.
DOPAC: (dihyroxyphenylacetic) is primary product of dopamine after digestion. Elevated levels are found in people with anorexia.
HVA: (homovanillic acid) is another dopamine metabolite, produced after DOPAC. Low levels indicate low dopamine levels.
Epinephrine: is also called adrenaline. As a hormone and neurotransmitter, it is key to body's evolutionary 'fight or flight' response. High levels make us alert and focused. It also helps with bowl movement, blood pressure, blood glucose, digestion, sleep, and heart rate.
Norepinephrine: is very similar to epinephrine in chemical structure and function. Instead of heart, it's role is focused on blood vessels and blood pressure.
Normetanephrine: is a product of norepinephrine in response to stress on the body.
VMA: (vanillylmandelic acid) is a product of norepinephrine and epinephrine.
N-Methylhistimine: is a metabolic product of histamine. It impacts depression and other health conditions.
Tyrosine: is formed from phenylalanine and used to produce dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. It has important roles in thyroid hormones, cognitive behavior, energy, and focus.
Tyramine: is found in aged cheese, wine, cured meat, and other foods with decomposing bacteria. High consumption can cause migraine and high blood pressure.
Kynurenine: is a metabolite of tryptophan and used for producing Vitamin B3 and NAD+, a critical molecule in energy metabolism and gene expression in the cells. It has been associated with heart disease, irritable bowl syndrome (IBS), lupus, Crohn's disease, and Alzheimer's disease. High levels are observed with coffee and tea consumption.
Kynurenic Acid: is produced from kynurenine. It is often associated with mood disorders. Low levels are seen in Autism Spectrum, depression, bipolar disorder, and Alzheimer's patients.
3-Hydroxykynurenine: is an intermediate in the kynurenine metabolism. High levels are associated with neurotic effects.
Xanthurenic Acid: another intermediate that's used in Vitamin B6 assessment. Low levels have been observed in people with Down syndrome.
Creatinine: not a neurotransmitter but tested to assess urine concentration. It is a marker of kidney function and high values are associated with low hydration (and vice versa).
An easy, low cost method of measuring your levels is by using a urine test at home. Simply order the test kit, collect the samples at home, ship them to our world class CLIA-certified labs, and find out your levels within days. Unlike a blood test, a urine sample makes it especially easy for those fearful of needles.
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A: Except New York and New Jersey our tests are available in all 48 states. State regulations in NY, NJ do not allow us to ship the tests to their residents.
A: The kit contains 4 urine collection strips, instructions on how to collect the samples, and a form requesting basic information including date and time of collection. The directions are straight forward and easy to follow.
A: You will receive the kit within 3-5 business days with a prepaid return envelope (within US). After you ship the sample and it is received by our lab, you get the results in about 5-7 business days.
A: The report with your test results will be easy to understand and will have all the necessary details. It will mark your levels on a healthy range and will specify what are the expected low and high ranges. It will briefly discuss what your numbers mean and next steps you should take to maintain healthy levels. You can download a sample report by clicking Get Sample Report above on this page.
A: You can use HSA (or FSA/MSA/HRA) accounts to pay for the tests since these are prescription tests (for further confirmation, please check the IRS publication#969). However, please ensure you are not going outside your specified max and min deductible limits. We do not have the capability to process the insurance claim. Since insurance plans vary for individuals we can not guarantee your HSA payment will always be processed by your plan. We suggest talking to your insurance provider if you have any questions.
A: Measuring neurotransmitters is still a new field that is being researched and documented.
The variations in results are mainly from two sources: the way samples are collected and the variation from lab-to-lab.
To minimize the first variation, we provide detailed instructions on how to collect the sample.
To minimize the variation from labs, we have partnered with CLIA-certified labs that are regulated by the states, as well as Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Majority of the tests from these labs are FDA approved to ensure they meet the proper regulatory requirements. Additionally, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) requires inter-laboratory tests to ensure the ranges established by each lab do not drift or are not out of acceptable ranges. This is done by regularly testing reference samples between different labs. Finally, the labs test thousands of samples for different age groups and health conditions, and have well established reference data to compare your results against this large pool.
A: Unfortunately, no. As a lab test provider we can only test and report the results from your sample. We are not authorized to provide any medical recommendations. But we strongly encourage you to discuss the results with your doctor for next steps.
This at home neurotransmitters urine test can help understand how some of your key neurochemical levels, including those of dopamine, serotonin, glutamine, and adrenal, are compared to healthy ranges. Almost 80% of US population has some imbalance and this test can help assess your levels.
The brain and nervous system are very complex organs with over hundred known neurotransmitters affecting psychological and neurological health. The test is an easy first step in understanding how your body is handling them and what life style changes might be required to maintain optimal health.
If you are not at your optimal mental and physical healthy levels, this test kit is a great way to check the root cause behind your symptoms.
Checking your neurotransmitter levels is a key first step in learning about mood disorders, ADD, OCD, PMS, PMDD, addiction problems, and adrenal functions.
Better health results in better quality of life, and a test from RxHomeTest.com not only offers insight into your symptoms, but it can also serve as a motivation to treat each of these symptoms and have a better quality of life!
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Urine test (no blood needed)
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Still wondering how do you test for key neurotransmitter levels?
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You can order at home transmitters test kit online, without requiring a doctor’s visit or prescription, thus saving time and money. No need to take any time off for lab visits, which makes the test very convenient and affordable.
Our neurotransmitters test panel is a non-invasive, easy-to-perform test and does not need any blood samples. This can be very useful to those afraid of needles or require a healthcare professional to draw blood.