What is Metabolomic Testing?

Simply put, Metabolomic Testing offers enhanced insights into a patient’s metabolic status.

The OMX ™ Organic Metabolomics test has been made accessible in Australia by Designs for Health and Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory. OMX evaluates urine metabolites to assist practitioners in unravelling their patient’s metabolic pathways, revealing their unique Metabolic Signature. These metabolites include:

  • Organic acids
  • Amino acids, and
  • Other key compounds

Metabolomics, also called comprehensive metabolic profiling, evaluates patterns of metabolites related to core biological systems, offering insight into biochemical dysfunctions that may be of concern.

Organic acids and other small molecules are intermediate compounds that can define the efficient flow of pathways and substrates such as amino acids to reveal the level of inputs, which together establish the functional status of key areas of health.

Metabolites are impacted by many factors and can change in response to diet, nutrient status, toxin exposures, exercise, physiologic demands, genetics, gut microbiome alterations, or disease stage.

While combining assessment of all of the above, metabolic analysis can help practitioners evaluate the function of key pathways to better target support and treatment.

Using a systems-biology approach, The OMX test assesses biomarkers that go beyond the traditional lists of metabolites. This test enables practitioners to see a patient’s larger health picture by deciphering and connecting disturbances of key metabolic pathways and analytes, allowing for a truly personalised therapeutic support tool.

What does the OMX ™ Organic Metabolomics test look at?

The OMX test looks at impairments in six key functional categories:

  1. Metabolic Processing
  2. Amino Acid & Protein Metabolism
  3. Nutrition Status
  4. Stress & Mood
  5. Microbial Metabolites (assessing large scale dysbiosis)
  6. Toxic Impacts

The test looks at analytes, along with the enzymes that affect a patient’s metabolic pathways and offers customised treatment recommendations for practitioners to adapted to a personalised treatment protocol.

Who benefits from OMX testing?

Understanding an individual’s metabolome allows practitioners to establish the “bigger picture” of the patient’s health.

When practitioners combine this test with a patient’s medical history and lifestyle, they can provide support from the bottom up. Ideally, practitioners will use OMX to establish a baseline metabolic signature for healthy patients. The baseline could be used for future comparison if symptoms, disease, or illness occurs.

Scenarios when the OMX Test can be used:

  • Chronic health issues, despite all the standard blood tests come back “normal”
  • Lack of energy, fatigue, and lethargy
  • Mood disorders, depression, anxiety, brain fog, and focus disturbances
  • Digestive complaints
  • Stubborn weight loss
  • Athletes, to determine overtraining, poor training recovery and gastrointestinal distress.
  • Post-viral infections
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Evaluating the level of catabolism (post-chemo, progressive diabetes, MS)
  • ADD/ADHD and Autism
  • Unexplained health concerns where other tests have not detected anything

Areas of health where the OMX Test can provide deep insights:

  • Metabolic and macronutrient processing
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction
  • Nutritional and vitamin status
  • Level and flow of amino acid
  • Inflammation
  • Ketosis or poor carbohydrate metabolism
  • Detoxification (impaired fatty acid metabolism + more)
  • Mood issues (Neurotransmitter metabolism)
  • Oxidative stress
  • Gut concerns (dysbiosis) – complements very well prior to a GI-MAP to assess overall health
  • Overall well-being
The OMX Test can be purchased through Designs for Health and HealthBank by approved practitioners.