The Omega-3 Index is the result of Dr. William Harris’s 30 years of research in fatty acids and cardiovascular disease. The Omega-3 Index is a measure of omega-3 fatty acids, EPA DHA, in red blood cells, which relates to risk for heart disease.
A high Omega-3 index reduces risk for heart disease and sudden cardiac arrest. It also helps to maintain healthy brain function. You should know your Omega-3 index. It’s simple!
Omega‐3 fatty acids are essential to the human body and have benefits for our heart, brain, eyes and joints. By reducing inflammation, blood clots and improving membrane function, omega‐3 fats are associated with a lower risk of heart complications – including heart disease, plaque build‐up and heart attacks – both in persons with a history of heart disease and in healthy individuals. Omega‐3 fats are important for optimal brain development in babies and mental function, particularly later in life. An imbalance in the levels of omega 6 fatty acids in comparison to omega 3 is commonly found in the western population.
Because Omega‐3 fatty acids are essential to your body and have benefits for your heart, brain, eyes and joints. When you understand your Omega-3 Index, you can improve your overall well-being.
Why Your Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio?
Several sources of information suggest that human beings evolved on a diet with a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA) of approximately 1/1, whereas in today’s Western diets the ratio is 10/1. Western diets are deficient in the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), and have more omega-6 fatty acids compared with the diet on which human beings evolved and their genetic patterns were established. Very high omega-6/omega-3 ratios are associated with many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, whereas a low omega-6/omega-3 ratio is beneficial. Once you know your Omega-6/Omega/3 ratio, you can simply add more of the right omega-3 to your diet and that will help reduce risk for these diseases.
Why Your AA/EPA Ratio?
Because Arachidonic Acid (AA) and Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) are key essential fatty acids modulating inflammation, the AA:EPA ratio has become a measure of “hidden” inflammation. High ratio indicates increased levels of inflammation and has been detected in insulin resistance, coronary artery disease and depression. Increasing your EPA intake will help correct this ratio.
Why Your Trans Fat Index?
Because high levels of trans fats are related to increased risk for heart disease, virtually all nutrition experts recommend limiting how much you eat. Trans fats in your blood come from trans fats in foods, mostly foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Most Americans have high levels of trans fats in their blood, but blood levels of trans fats can be reduced by simple dietary changes. The only way to know your blood level of trans fats is by measuring it with the Trans Fat Index.
Why Your Full Fatty Acid Profile?
So you can determine how levels of your essential fatty acids and other beneficial fatty acids compare with national norms. You should know, however, that except for the omega-3’s and trans fatty acids, most other fatty acid levels cannot be significantly altered by dietary changes and are controlled by genetics and other factors.
All packages include the collection kit, pre-paid return envelope, and a results report emailed to you within 5 days after we receive your sample. The results report also includes a table of commonly consumed fish and how much EPA and DHA each provides per serving. See sample reports.
Please note: We cannot analyze samples from the state of New York due to New York State regulations.