VITAMINS & MINERALS MARKERS
Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is an enzyme predominantly found in the liver and bone. It is also found in smaller amounts in the kidneys, intestines and placenta in pregnant women. Different parts of the body produce different forms of ALP called isoenzymes.
Why take an Alkaline Phosphatase blood test?
If levels are high, an alkaline phosphatase blood test can help to identify bone or liver disorders. If other liver tests such as alanine aminotransferase and bilirubin are also raised, then this is usually indicative of liver issues. The liver is a major organ that is responsible for filtering the blood from the digestive tract as well as detoxifying chemicals and metabolising drugs. Therefore, it is important to check it is working effectively and is healthy, particularly if you have an unhealthy diet or lead a sedentary lifestyle.