Urinary Metabolic Profile

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Latest Edit: Hector 2014-03-21 (EDT)

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Urinary organic acids are derived from the metabolic conversion of dietary proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, in addition to bacterial origin in the gut. These markers provide a unique profile into cellular energy status, neurotransmitter metabolism, nutrient deficiencies, and intestinal bacterial metabolism.[1], [2]

What is Measured

What is measured in a Urinary Metabolic Profile depends on the specific lab. Generally a urinary metabolic profile contains data for:

  • Gastrointestinal metabolites
  • Cellular energy metabolites
  • Cofactor requirements and amino acid metabolites
  • Neurotransmitter metabolites
  • Detoxification
  • Bacterial Metabolism


The procedure followed for a urinary metabolic profile depends on the specific lab, it generally includes:

  • Pre-testing requirements
  • 2 to 4-days prior to the test specific supplements and/or medications may need to be avoided, such as creatine supplements.
  • Up to 4-days prior to the test the following foods may need to be avoided: certain fruits, nuts and drinks.
  • A urinary metabolic profile should not be done by women during menses.
  • Urine Test
  • First morning urine specimen
  • Collection strip is dipped in the urine sample, allowed to dry and then transported to the lab for assessment or tubes of the urine may be required to shipped frozen to the lab.
  • The turnaround time is between 2 to 4 weeks.


  1. USBiotek.com
  2. Genova Diagnostics