Omega Quant Fatty Acids Test

GENERAL

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
  • Omega-3 Index
  • Trans Fat Index
  • Omega-6/Omega-3 ratio
  • AA/EPA ratio

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Flax seed oil as source of ALA from which EPA and DHA are synthesized
  • Fish oil or cod liver oil as direct sources of EPA and DHA
  • Evening primrose oil, borage oil or black current oil as source of GLA if insufficiently synthesized
  • Hemp oil as source of both ALA and GLA

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS

Dried Blood Spot (DBS):  One drop of blood on collection card.  Please see kit instructions for all collection details.

CPT CODES

  • 82542
  • No Medicare Coverage

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