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Nutritional status: copper deficiency

Did you know that copper is an essential trace mineral present in all tissues? It works with iron to help the body form red blood cells. It also helps keep the blood vessels, nerves, immune system and bones healthy while also aiding in iron absorption. In rare situations, copper deficiency can occur and lead to anaemia and osteoporosis.

Symptoms of copper deficiency include:

  • Fatigue & weakness as cells use copper to generate ATP, the body’s main source of energy. This means that copper deficiency could affect your energy levels.
  • Frequent sickness as copper plays an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system.
  • Weak and brittle bones as copper is involved in the processes that create cross-links inside your bones. These cross-links ensure bones are healthy and strong.
  • Problems with memory and learning as copper plays an important role in brain function and development.

Sensitivity to cold as copper, along with minerals like zinc, help maintain optimal thyroid gland function. Low thyroid levels can make you feel colder more easily.

There are many foods that are high in copper. These include leafy greens, including turnip, greens, spinach, kale and mustard greens. Asparagus and summer squash are two other excellent sources of copper while legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds are also good sources of the substance.

Randox Reagents, RX and QC are helping to diagnose copper deficiency at the earliest possible stage. The Randox copper assay is used to measure the levels of copper in the blood in order to determine copper toxicity. Combining this with the Randox zinc assay can aid in identifying the cause of liver damage in a patient, leading to correct treatment and recovery.

Find out more about how Randox is helping to diagnose nutritional status and deficiencies here: https://www.randox.com/nutritional-status/

 

 

 

 


How Randox is helping to diagnose nutritional status

At Randox, we’re dedicated to improving health worldwide and are consistently trying to break our own innovative records. Throughout the month of July, we’ll be introducing you to how we’re helping to diagnose nutritional deficiencies and define individual nutritional status among patients.

Zinc

Randox Reagents

Randox Reagents have the highest quality reagents on the market and a test menu comprising of over 113 assays. Unique to Randox is the zinc assay which is important in the diagnosis of kidney and liver damage.

 

Our zinc assay can be used to measure the levels of zinc in a patient’s urine providing insight into the levels of zinc in the body. This, combined with our copper assay, can aid in identifying the cause of liver damage in a patient, leading to correct treatment and recovery.

The RX series

The RX series offers the most comprehensive testing profile for assessing nutritional status to identify any nutritional deficiencies or any other nutritional issues within an individual.

 

The RX series zinc test can identify a zinc deficiency in an individual which is often a result of a low dietary intake and can lead to many problems including impaired immune and cognitive functions, kidney disease and diabetes.

Randox Quality Control

World-leading diagnostics would be nothing without world-leading quality control materials to ensure consistency and accuracy across all results. The Randox Acusera Liquid Chemistry Premium Plus control is the most comprehensive chemistry control available.

Stay tuned over the course of the month as we highlight how we’re helping in the fight against nutrient deficiencies.

 

 

 

 

 


Product Focus: Latest RIQAS Programmes

RIQAS is the largest international External Quality Assessment (EQA)/ Proficiency Testing (PT) scheme, with over 45,000 participants across 32 comprehensive programme options. Providing access to large, international peer groups you can be confident in the statistical validity of the results obtained.

In March 2016, we added eight new RIQAS EQA programmes to our already extensive portfolio. The new programmes included; CSF, Sweat Testing, Immunosuppressant drugs, Trace Elements in Serum, Trace Elements in Urine, Trace Elements in Blood, Anti-TSH Receptor (TRAb) and Cyfra 21-1.

Like all programmes the latest additions are designed to cover the full clinical decision range, reassuring clinicians and patients that the results released are accurate and reliable. The added benefit of monthly reporting supports the rapid identification of errors, this combined with a report turnaround of 24-72 hours from the submission deadline allows faster implementation of any necessary corrective actions, reducing the need for expensive and time consuming patient sample retests.

With Cycle 2 of the new programmes just around the corner we thought we would take this opportunity to explore what each programme has to offer.

Week 1- Trace Elements in Serum, Trace Elements in Urine, Trace Elements in Blood

RIQAS provide three trace element programmes designed for use in clinical and toxicology laboratories specialising in the testing of trace metals, heavy metals and minerals. Options are available for blood, serum and urine ensuring a matrix similar to that of the patient sample. Each programme will help ensure the accuracy of test results in patients who have experienced accidental or occupational exposure to such toxic metals

Main Features and Benefits;

  • Lyophilised samples
  • Monthly reporting
  • Testing covers the full range of clinically relevant decision levels
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • 12 month subscription

Week 2- CYFRA 21-1 & Anti-TSH Receptor 

The RIQAS CYFRA 21-1 EQA programme is designed to cover the analysis of the tumour marker CYFRA 21-1 in clinical laboratories when monitoring the response to treatment of cancers such as non-small cell lung carcinoma, cervical, breast and bladder cancer.

Main Features and Benefits;

  • Lyophilised samples
  • Monthly reporting
  • Testing covers the full range of clinically relevant decision levels
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • 12 month subscription

Our dedicated Anti-TSH Receptor EQA programme is designed to supplement our general immunoassay programme by including the thyroid hormone Anti-TSH Receptor also known as TRAb.

Main Features and Benefits;

  • Lyophilised samples
  • Monthly reporting
  • Testing covers the full range of clinically relevant decision levels
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • 12 month subscription

Week 3 – CSF & Sweat Testing

The RIQAS Cerebrospinal Fluid EQA programme has been designed to monitor the performance of several analytes in CSF.

Main Features and Benefits;

  • Liquid ready-to-use samples
  • Monthly reporting
  • Testing covers the full range of clinically relevant decision levels
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • 12 month subscription

The RIQAS Sweat Testing EQA programme has been designed to cover the analysis of Sweat Testing in clinical laboratories measuring the concentration of Chloride, Sodium and Conductivity in sweat, used in the testing of Cystic Fibrosis (CF).

Main Features and Benefits;

  • Liquid ready-to-use samples
  • Monthly reporting
  • Testing covers the full range of clinically relevant decision levels
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • 12 month subscription

Week 4 – RIQAS Immunosuppressant EQA programme

The RIQAS Immunosuppressant Drug EQA programme has been designed to cover the analysis of Cyclosporin, Everolimus, Sirolimus and Tacrolimus in clinical laboratories.

Main Features and Benefits;

  • Lyophilised samples
  • Monthly reporting
  • Testing covers the full range of clinically relevant decision levels
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • 12 month subscription

Trace Elements in Serum External Quality Assessment

The RIQAS Trace Elements in Serum EQA programme has been designed to cover the analysis of Trace Elements in clinical laboratories. Used to detect and monitor a mineral deficiency or excess, these tests can sometimes evaluate nutritional status.

  • Lyophilised samples
  • Monthly reporting
  • Testing covers the full range of clinically relevant decision levels
  • Submit results and view reports online via RIQAS.net
  • 12 month subscription

Not accredited to ISO/IEC 17043

Cat NoKit SizeFrequencyCycle StartParameters 
RQ917012 x 3mlMonthlyMarch10

Parameters

  • Aluminium
  • Chromium
  • Cobalt
  • Copper
  • Iodine
  • Lead
  • Manganese
  • Nickel
  • Selenium
  • Zinc

Please note, product availability may vary country to country.


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