Essential Fatty Acids (Red Cell) – Blood EDTA Test


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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 you 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

The Essential Fatty Acids Blood/EDTA (Omega 3, 6, 9, EPA, DHA) Test is a simple test that can can be done right near your home or office, the test measures your current total levels of the essential fatty acids 3,6,9, EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid).  The essential fatty acids test is excellent for the discovery of having deficiencies and or excessive amounts of these fats in your body.  The test kit comes with:

  • An authorized blood specimen order form that you take to your local accredited pathology for collection of your blood (Find a pathology near you here).
  • A blood specimen test kit for the pathology to use to collect your blood sample
  • Complete instructions for taking the test for you and the pathology
  • Test results are sent to one of our professional health practitioners within 7 business days for evaluation.  Our practitioners contact you with the results and recommendations on any findings via email, mail or phone.

This test is a blood test kit. A test kit will be posted to you with full instructions including prepaid return postage to the laboratory.  The following markers will be tested

  • 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