The Omega-3 Index Complete Test measure all the fatty acids in the blood, and reports levels of all 24 fatty acids as well as the Omega-3 index, Ratios, and the Trans Fat Index.
This test measures:
- Omega-3 Index
- Omega-6:Omega-3 Ratio
- AA:EPA Ratio
- Trans Fat Index
- 24 Individual fatty acid levels
24 individual fatty acid levels are measured in your blood to calculate the below metrics. While there is not yet agreement in the scientific community on what many fatty acid levels “mean” for health, these values provide interesting insights into your diet and health.
The Omega-3 Index test measures the amount of EPA and DHA in your blood, specifically the red blood cell membrane. A higher proportion of EPA and DHA in the membrane tracks with how much omega-3 is in your diet and is a marker of better health.
The Omega-6/Omega-3 ratio analyses the ratio of omega 6 to 3 and the recommended ratio is 3-5:1 (omega-6:omega-3).
The AA/EPA ratio is your level of arachidonic acid (AA), an omega-6 fatty acid, vs. eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), an omega-3 fatty acid. These are important fatty acids in metabolism because powerful signaling molecules can be made from them. These molecules can affect anything from blood clotting to birth contractions to inflammatory responses. Having different levels of these two fatty acids could affect processes that ultimately impact inflammation and overall health.
Eating foods with trans fats made from hydrogenated oils increases the risk for heart attacks. The Trans Fat Index measures the trans fats from industrial production and should be below 1%.
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Test Lab: Omega Quant