Alkaline Phosphatase


This blood test measures Alkaline Phosphatase levels. Alkaline phosphatase is a group of enzymes found throughout the body, specifically in the bone, liver, placenta and intestine.

Like all enzymes, it is needed in small amounts to trigger specific chemical reactions. Differing forms of the enzyme occur in healthy and malignant tissues. Alkaline Phosphatase is dependent on zinc for optimal functioning. Low levels of alkaline phosphatase are associated with zinc deficiency. Common causes of elevated alkaline phosphatase include extra-hepatic or common bile duct obstruction, viral hepatitis, colitis, ulcers and fatty liver disease. Another cause of an elevated alkaline phosphatase may be due to the presence of organisms (bacteria, yeast and amoebas) and their toxins that are easily absorbed into an already compromised digestive barrier, which may precipitate an auto-immune response. Lowered levels may indicate anemia, hypothyroidism and osteoporosis.

Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.

Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

Fasting is not required.