Many studies have shown that people with higher (vs. lower) omega-3 index levels are at decreased risk for a variety of diseases. These include heart disease, stroke, dementia, and depression to name a few. These people even live longer than those with lower levels. Raising your omega-3 index and keeping it up should help reduce your risk these conditions. Omega-3 fatty acids are found primarily in fish, especially “oily” fish such as those near the top in the accompanying table. The two most important omega-3 fatty acids are EPA and DHA. It should be noted that omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed oil (alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA) will have little to no effect on your omega-3 index. Therefore, ALA is not an effective substitute for EPA and DHA. To make sure your Omega-3 Index remains in the target range you should re-check it every six months.
FATTY ACID BENEFITS (EPA, DHA, GLA)
-Lowers LDL and increases HDL cholesterol; decreases blood clotting time
-Anti-arrhythmic, anti-inflammatory effect that benefits heart tissue
-Structural in brain and retinal tissue; improves learning and memory
-Critical in fetal and infant development
-Improves hyperactivity in children and depression in adults
-Treatment for autoimmune disorders, kidney disease, PMS, RA, MS
-Improves skin integrity
INCLUDED IN THE TEST REPORT
-Full 24 Fatty Acid Profile
-Trans Fat Index
√ Lab Test
√ Doctor’s Review of Test Results
√ Doctor’s Recommended Course of Action
NOTE: This test is not available to residents of New York. Any orders originating from New York will automatically be canceled and samples discarded.