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Microbial Organic Acids Test (MOAT)

Microbial Organic Acids Test (MOAT)

Organic acids are metabolic intermediates produced in pathways of central energy production, detoxification, neurotransmitter breakdown. Accumulation of specific organic acids in urine often signals a metabolic inhibition or block. This abnormality may be due to a nutrient deficiency, an inherited enzyme deficit, toxic build-up, or drug effect. An organic acids urine test helps reveal activity and changes at the metabolic level.

The Genova MOAT may be recommended to help identify specific abnormalities, to monitor certain microbial balances, or to assess treatment efficacy.

We also offer the full great plains organic acid test – found here

What is being measured

  • Beneficial bateria
  • Harmful bacteria
  • Clostridia species
  • Candida species
  • Yeast and fungal metabolites
  • General dysbiosis markers

This test reports 11 components (including Creatinine)

Age range this test is suitable for 

Adults and children 2 years and above. Children must be potty trained as the sample must not have any trace of nappy fibres or stools.

Specimen Requirement

Urine – 10 ml of first morning urination before food or drink is preferred.

You will need to send your sample back to the lab via a next day postal service – If you are in the UK, Royal mail offer a suitable next day service. If you are outside of the UK then please check with your postal service for options. The cost of the test does not cover the return postage.
Please note that samples should only be posted on Monday – Thursday so that they do not arrive over the weekend when the lab is closed.
A courier returns option is offered by the lab and details will be included in with your test kit. This is an optional service and the cost is not included in with the test fee. Details about payment, should you wish to take up this offer, are included with the courier details.

Before taking the test

Patient must avoid apples, grapes (including raisins), pears, cranberries and their juices 24 hours prior to specimen collection. Sample should be frozen if there is a delay before returning to the laboratory. Please refer to the information leaflet in sample collection kit.

Turnaround Time

20 days

Smart Nutrition Microbial Organic Acids Test Sample Report