High Sensitivity Omega-3 Index

Fatty Acid Ratio and Analysis

Omega - 3 Fatty Acids

Omega- 6 Fatty Acids

Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA, 18:3 ω3), 

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, 20:5 ω3)

Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA, 22:5 ω3)

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 22:6 ω3)

Linoleic acid (LA, 18:2 ω6)

Gamma-Linoleic acid (GLA, 18:3 ω6)

Eicosadienoic acid (C20:2 ω6)

Dihomo-γ-Linoleic acid (DGLA, 20:3 ω6)

Arachidonic acid (AA, 20:4 ω6)

Docosatetraenoic acid (DTA, 22:4 ω6)

C22:5 ω6

Omega - 7 Fatty Acids

Omega - 7 Fatty Acids

Palmitoleic acid (16:1 ω7)

Oleic acid (18:1 ω9)

Gondonic acid (20:1 ω9)

Nervonic acid (24:1 ω9)

Trans Fatty Acids

Saturated Fatty Acids

Trans-Palmitoleic acid (16:1 ω7t)

Elaidinic acid (trans oleic) (18:1 ω9t)

Trans-Linoleic acids (18:2 ω6tt/tc/ct)

Myristic acid (14:0)

Palmitic acid (16:0)

Stearic acid (18:0)

Arachidic acid (20:0)

Behenic acid (22:0)

Lignoceric acid (24:0)

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The availability of strictly standardized fatty acid analytics attracted numerous renowned scientific groups from all over the world, like Framingham, Harvard, Charité, Helmholtz and countless universities. Currently, more than 90 publications in international journals are based on the HS-Omega-3 Index, as are some 10 concluded, unpublished research projects, and some 50 currently ongoing research projects.

This gave rise to a unique data base that keeps growing with OmegaMetrix. Thus, the HS-Omega-3 Index became the most important measuring technique in fatty acid analyses, and is becoming an analytical standard. Results from other methods cannot be compared to the HS-Omega-3 Index, have little, if any, scientific background, and therefore are useless.

Really important for heart and brain The HS-Omega-3 Index is optimal between 8% and 11%. In many persons a substantially lower HS-Omega-3 Index can be found, around 4%. Compared with an HS-Omega-3 Index around 4%, a HS-Omega-3 Index between 8 and 11% means:

a lower risk for and with cardiovascular disease, like myocardial infarction, cardiac arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death or congestive heart failure - more Information

lower risk for premature birth and better chances for optimal brain development, resulting in better brain function more information - more Information

lower probability for psychiatric diseases like ADHD or depression more information - more Information

lower probability for “age-related” and other cognitive impairments more information - more Information

possibly lower risk for other diseases more information - more Information

Increased intake of the marine Omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid increases the HS-Omega-3 Index, and improves or prevents most of the health issues mentioned (more information at the respective topics). Therefore, an optimal HS-Omega-3 Index is really important for optimal function of heart and brain.





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Laboratory:Omega Metrix
Test Type:Blood (Dried Blood Spot)
Test Area:Nutrition