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AA:EPA Ratio Blood Spot (finger prick) (Test Code 5001)

Collection Method

Blood Spot

Turn Around Time

5-7 business days


Sample Report


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 toe omega 3 is commonly found in the western population.

Because Arachidonic Acid (AA) and Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) are key essential fatty acids modulating inflammation, the AA:EPA ratio has become a measure of inflammation.  High ratio indicates increased levels of inflammation and has been detected in insulin resistance, coronary artery disease and depression.

Common Conditions:

  • Eye health
  • Inflammation
  • 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


AA (arachidonic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)

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