Proceeds from website advertising help sustain Lab Tests Online. AACC is a not-for-profit organization and does not endorse non-AACC products and services.

Trace Minerals

Print this article
Share this page:
Also known as: Trace Elements; Micronutrients; Microminerals; Essential Minerals
Formal name: Trace Minerals
Related tests: Chromium; Copper; Ceruloplasmin; Fluoride; Iodine; Iron Tests; Manganese; Molybdenum; Selenium; Zinc; Vitamin B12 and Folate; Vitamin D

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To detect and monitor a mineral deficiency or excess; sometimes to evaluate your nutritional status

When to Get Tested?

When you have symptoms or signs of a mineral deficiency or excess; as indicated by your health care provider when you have a condition that affects mineral absorption, use, or storage

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm; sometimes a 24-hour urine sample; rarely, a hair sample, tissue sample, or another body fluid sample

Test Preparation Needed?

Check with your health care practitioner to find out if fasting is needed before your test.