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Essential Fatty Acids (Red Cell) – Blood EDTA (Test Code 5011)

Collection Method

Blood Spot

Turn Around Time

5-7 business days

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Fatty acid imbalances can be a causative factor in a variety of chronic health conditions. The Essential Fatty Acids Profile assesses the critical balance between essential Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids. The Fatty Acids Profile  can indicate the need for fatty acid supplementation and/or dietary modification.

You can’t manage what you don’t measure. Omega-3, omega-6 and trans fats all play a role in your health and are related to risk for heart disease. Tracking these numbers can help you optimize them for your health. The Omega-3 Index, Trans Fat Index, Omega-6/Omega-3 ratio and AA/EPA ratio all respond to what you eat. You can change your numbers simply by changing what your eat. Everyone responds differently to lifestyle changes so the only way to know how your blood levels respond is to test. We recommend testing and re-testing every 4 months to confirm you are getting the right mix of fats in your diet.

Common Conditions:

  • Eye health
  • Cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Joint health
  • Mental health
  • Pre-natal and infant health
  • Allergies, eczema, psoriasis
  • Autoimmune disorders

Test Method

Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy

Analytes

Total Saturated fats, Total Monounsaturated fats, Total Omega-3, Total Omega-6,
Total Omega-9; Omega-3:Omega-6, Omega-6:Omega-3, AA:EPA, Omega-3 Index;
Omega-3 fatty acids (ALA, EPA, DPA, DHA), Omega-6 fatty acids (LA, GLA, EDA, AA,
DTA, DPA), Monounsaturated fats, Saturated fats; Total Trans fats, Trans fat Index

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