Pyroluria is a little-known metabolic imbalance that can lead to the development of serious health issues over time. Pyroluria is suspected when their are raised levels of kryptopyroles in the urine. Kryptopyroles bind to zinc and B6, when they are excreted at high levels this can lead to conditions associated with deficiencies of these nutrients.

The main health issues that can develop are addictions, eating disorders, depression, auto immune conditions and alcoholism. Some children with autism also have pyroluria which may worsen some of their cognitive issues.

The tendency to develop pyroluria is an inherited one this means that clues to whether you may have it can be spotted in your family history. There are some other signs too that this may be an issue for you.

Pyroluria Questionnaire.

1.Do you have a family history of any of the following?



Suicide or suicide attempts

Eating Disorders


And/or do you struggle with the following:

2. Severe anxiety

3. Little or no dream recall

3. White spots on finger nails
4. Poor morning appetite +/- tendency to skip breakfast
5. Morning nausea
6. Pale skin +/- poor tanning +/- burn easy in sun
7. Sensitivity to bright light
8. Hypersensitive to loud noises
9.  Reading difficulties (e.g. dyslexia)
10. Poor ability to cope with stress
11. Mood swings or temper outbursts
12. Argumentative/enjoy argument
13. New situations or changes in routine (i.e., traveling) particularly
14. Much higher capability and alertness in the evening, compared to mornings
15. Poor short term memory
16. Abnormal body fat distribution
17. Belong to an all-girl family with look-alike sisters
18. Dry skin
19. Anxiousness
20. Reaching puberty later than normal
21. Difficulty digesting, a dislike of protein or a history of vegetarian

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Author: Sarah Hanratty

Sarah is a specialist practitioner at the Brain Food Clinic. She has a degree in Nutritional Medicine and is a certified Gut and Psychology Syndrome Practitioner. Sarah helps people to overcome physical and mental health issues using bespoke nutritional protocols.

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