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Omega-3 Index report includes 2 pages:

  1.  Omega-3 Index
  2. EPA and DHA Content in Fish and Supplements

 

Omega-3 Index Page

At the top of this page is the contact information for the laboratory. Your patient information is located on the upper left-hand corner. Below this is your Omega-3 Index measured in zones Undesirable (under 4%) to Desirable (over 8%). A short discussion of omega-3 fatty acids follows, with recommendations for increased intakes that are customized to your Omega-3 Index report. The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment number is listed on each page.

EPA and DHA Content in Fish and Supplements

Beginning with Atlantic Salmon and ending with Orange Roughy, this table lists the EPA+DHA content of a variety of fish. Also listed is the content of EPA and DHA found in common supplements. These values (per 3 oz serving) are based on USDA Nutrient Data Lab values and are for fish cooked with dry heat unless otherwise noted. Please consult a physician about any dietary changes.

(see sample report)

 




24 Fatty Acid Profile report includes 5 pages:

  1. 24 Fatty Acid Profile
  2. Omega-3 Index
  3. EPA and DHA Content in Fish and Supplements
  4. Trans Fat Index
  5. Trans Fat Levels in Foods

 

24 Fatty Acid Profile Page

Along with the Omega-3 Index, the full fatty acid profile is listed for 26 fatty acids by group – Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Omega-6 Fatty Acids, cis-Monounsaturated Fatty Acids, Saturated Fatty Acids, and Trans Fatty Acids. The Omega-6/Omega-3 ratio and Arachidonic:EPA ratio are also listed. These are provided for reference only.

OmegaQuant does not list “normal” values for any fatty acid or ratio except for the Omega-3 Index on the report. This is not an oversight. They are acutely aware that, although there are “average” values for blood fatty acids in America, these are clearly not “optimal” levels. Average American levels of palmitic, stearic, oleic, trans oleic, linoleic, arachidonic, etc. are not necessarily “healthy” levels. OmegaQuant doesn’t want our clients to aim for a target that is off-target.

As the research in this area matures, they will post “normal” values for reference only, and will recommend new “target” values when they believe that they have been adequately validated. It is OmegaQuant’s experience that most health care providers do not want them to report individual fatty acids as “high” or “low” because it generates many questions that not only do not need to be answered, but more importantly, cannot be answered based on current science. These values are for informational purposes only and are not meant to be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition.

(see sample report)

Please note that the Omega-3 Index is calculated from whole blood EPA+DHA by a regression equation. The EPA + DHA values on the dried blood spot analysis will always differ somewhat from the RBC-based Omega-3 Index. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.