This is by far the most in depth and detailed blood test regarding foods and food additives, herbs, and environmental factors effecting one’s health. For a more detailed list and description of the individual items tested- click here
-50 Functional Foods
-50 Medicinal Herbs
-20 Food Additives
-20 Food Colorings
-10 Environmental Chemicals
The ALCAT lab testing technology measures the “endpoint” reactions of foods, chemicals, additives, colorings, and even several pharmaceutical compounds. An ALCAT test does not just show the initial heightened immune response (which can be only temporary when measuring antibodies), but shows the end result of the chemical weapons released by the white blood cells.
ALCAT testing works well for those who have a limited diet or have taken out numerous foods already but want to see what foods ultimately create a potentially harmful immune system reaction, which can lead to sustained and destructive inflammation.
Although other testing methods are valuable when performed by an educated professional, the ALCAT test is often considered the, “gold standard” laboratory method for identification of non-IgE (true allergy) mediated reactions to foods, chemicals, and other substances.
What is it?
The ALCAT food sensitivity test is a minimally invasive blood test that accurately and reproducibly measures biological cellular reactivity in whole blood. Unlike standard IgG tests, which rely exclusively on one immune pathway and merely detects exposure, the ALCAT test is the premier test for detecting food, mold and chemical sensitivities/intolerances. Studies show the ALCAT test to be 83.4% accurate with foods and 96% accurate with food additives, as compared with the Gold Standard – a double blind oral challenge.
The ALCAT test objectively measures changes in size and number of white blood cells in response to en vivo challenges with foods, chemicals and other environmental stimuli. Scores are generated by relating the patients’ own blood without test substrate to their tested, reactive blood. Results are designated into four categories – Severe Intolerance, Moderate Intolerance, Mild Intolerance and Acceptable Foods – on a color coded report that is accessible online by the prescribing doctor or by hard copy. Included in the results is an individualized rotation diet.
What happens after you order your test?
For other frequently asked questions about the ALCAT testing process, please view: ALCAT FAQ
Education and dietary adherence are important to the results of the ALCAT test for reducing any symptoms of poor health and achieving optimal levels of wellness. That’s why the Understanding Your ALCAT Test Results booklet is included with your test results.
This booklet explains the format of your test results and includes a rotation plan. It also provides a glossary of terms that will make interpreting your results much easier. Candida Albicans, gluten/gliadin and casein are explained in detail and guidelines for the reintroduction of goods in reviewed. Essential vitamin and mineral information are also provided as well as food preparation and cooking tips.