We hear lots about the health benefits of omega-3s, naturally-occurring fatty acids found mainly in fish. Indeed, they are considered important foundations of good nutrition.
Thankfully you can test your omega-3 levels easily with an Omega-3 Test Kit. Manufactured by WHC – well-known for their world-class fish oil supplements – the kit helps you quickly address symptoms of omega-3 deficiency. It does so by revealing which score you achieve on the Omega-3 Index.
The Index determines the levels of omega-3 EPA and DHA in your blood, key metrics for heart, brain, joint and eye health. Raising your Omega-3 Index is an important step towards better overall wellbeing.
With a level below 8%, you are in the Intermediate or Undesirable range and should consider using a daily supplement containing 500 to 1,000mg EPA+DHA. The Omega-3 target range for optimum health is 8-11%.
The Balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6
The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 in the blood is an important barometer of heart health. In the west, our tendency is to over-consume omega-6 fatty acids from meat, dairy and vegetable oils, while neglecting heart-healthy omega-3s. This gross imbalance might be the root of many diseases in modern society.
Consuming less omega-6 and more omega-3 will help you achieve the optimum 5:1 to 2:1 balance as opposed to the common 15:1 ratio. With the easy-to-use Omega-3 Test Kit, you can identify whether your omega consumption is out of balance.
What the Science Says About Omega-3s
- EPA and DHA contribute to the maintenance of normal blood pressure with a daily intake of 3g EPA+DHA; the maintenance of normal blood triglyceride concentrations with a daily intake of 2g EPA+DHA; and the normal function of the heart with a daily intake of at least 250mg EPA+DHA.
DHA also contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function and vision with a daily intake of 250mg.
PREGNANCY & BREASTFEEDING
- DHA maternal intake supports eye and brain development in the foetus and breastfed infant if consumed at 200mg DHA per day on top of the recommended daily 250mg EPA+DHA for adults.
- DHA contributes to the normal visual development of infants up to 12 months of age with a daily intake of 100mg DHA.
It's about time laboratories clear up the confusion over different analytical methods in use for fatty acid profile evaluation.
It could be questioned whether it's wise to indiscriminately judge every test result according to the healthy 8-11% Omega-3 Index reference value. This question was posed to Professor von Schacky, co-inventor of the Omega-3 Index and founder of Omegametrix GmbH.
“The fundamental problem with fatty acid analysis is an uncontrolled emergence of analytical methods. Depending on the method applied, the result can differ up to a factor ten.
“This is one of the reasons why Professor Harris and Jo Wyckmans (WHC founder) decided on fine-tuning the standardised HS-Omega-3 Index Test. It is the only test to which the 8-11% reference value applies.”
More than 80 scientific projects are based upon the HS-Omega-3 Index Test. Respected research groups throughout the world use this standardised method of analysis, from Nobel Prize-winning Elizabeth Blackburn to Harvard Medical School, the University of Seoul and the University of London.
The scientific world is pleased to finally have a standardised method to work with. Analytical results will hopefully show better matches between laboratories in the near future. In Europe, Omegametrix GmbH is the reference laboratory for determining the original HS-Omega-3 Index Test used in the clinical studies. This test is made available to you by Nutrogenics in cooperation with Omegametrix GmbH.
Water for Health is the official distributor of this simple, yet effective, self-administered omega-3 test kit.
Test Your Omega-3 Levels Today
Our Test Kit may be the gold standard in omega-3 analysis, but it couldn't be easier to use. All you have to do is prick your finger, place a drop of blood on some filter paper and fill out your personal details.
Afterwards, simply pop the sample in the Stamped Addressed Envelope provided and send off to the testing facility in Belgium. Results are emailed to you within a few short weeks.
|Remember, an HS-Omega-index between 8% and 11% is highly recommended if you want to maintain optimum health.