Fatty Acid Analysis (incl. Omega-3 Index)
Fatty acid analysis
With a few drops of blood from the fingertip, your fatty acid profile is analyzed in detail. The sample is sent in and analyzed in an independent laboratory using a standardized, quality-controlled process. The results are available after a few days. The omega-6/3 ratio, the omega-3 index, the trans fatty acid content and 26 fatty acids are determined. This analysis allows determining the individual need for omega-3.
Especially the omega-3 index has a very high informative value regarding the prevention and treatment of diseases such as heart diseases and chronic inflammatory diseases.
View sample report. (German only)
Omega-3 fatty acids, alongside omega-6 fatty acids, have a unique position among the fatty acids, as some of them are essential, i.e. have to be taken in through food. The most important omega-3 fatty acids include alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). We often consume too many omega-6 fatty acids and too few omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio
In addition to the absolute amounts of these fatty acids, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is relevant. This should be a ratio of 5:1. In our western society, however, it averages 20:1 or even more. This is problematic for our body, as the omega-6 fatty acids produce inflammation-promoting substances that promote certain diseases. In sensitive phases of life, such as pregnancy, the omega-3 requirement is increased. If we do not consume enough fish, flaxseed oil, walnuts, etc., it can be hard to meet the omega-3 requirement.
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Image: Example of the fatty acid analysis result