Our test measures your Omega 3 Index (the % of EPA, DHA in the red blood cell fatty acids) as well as your Omega 6:3 ratio which is the degree of inflammation in your body determined by diet and lifestyle factors. Low levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood are associated with higher rates of cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, melanoma and other cancers, and a number of non-communicable diseases.
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Research indicates that higher levels of Omega 3 are linked to improved Heart, Brain and Eye Health. Our test uses a drop of blood from a finger prick to measure your Omega3-Index (The % of EPA and DHA in Red Blood Cell (RBC) fatty acids) as well as your Omega 6:3 ratio, which reflects the degree of inflammation in your body and represents your risk for ill health.
An Omega 3 index of 8% is associated with better overall health status, while a level of 10% or greater is desirable for enhanced optimal health status. The current research indicates that levels above 8% are associated with a lower risk of death from Coronary Heart Disease. This is the typical level in Japan, a country with the lowest rates of sudden cardiac death in the world.
Unwittingly, many people have lower levels, in the region of 4% or less (which is common in the US) are at increased risk for cardiac disease, and other chronic diseases caused by cascading and undetected inflammation.
The Omega-6:3 ratio is calculated by dividing the % value of Arachidonic acid (AA) with the % value of Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) which is then expressed as a ratio e.g 3:1. For optimal health, the Omega-6:3 ratio in the body should ideally be below 3:1.
The average Omega 6:3 ratio for people not taking an Omega 3 supplement is 12:1 in Northern Europe, 15:1 in Europe, and 25:1 in the USA, representing a higher risk for chronic disease and poor health status. If your ratio is above 3:1, you will benefit from a change in your diet and an increase in Omega 3 supplementation. A low Omega 6:3 ratio is important for maintaining normal cell and tissue development (homeostasis) and helps the body control inflammation.
The WHO advocates a 5:1 for health maintenance, whereas Functional Health Doctors and Nutritionists recommend a level of 3:1 or lower, for achieving optimal health support and reduced risk for chronic infection.
How does it work
When you place your order we’ll ship your Test in 24 hours. Our unique Home Test Kits use a simple pinprick of blood to test your Omega 3 levels and only takes a couple of minutes to complete. Find out how to take the test in more detail here.
Once you’ve completed the test, you can activate it on our website using your unique alphanumeric code. Then simply send your Dry Blood Spot card using our prepaid packaging directly to our Lab partners based in Norway. Our Tests are based on a unique ID system so your sample is anonymously analysed. Your results will be delivered directly to your phone or laptop in 2 weeks.
Wild Atlantic Health is different in that we have a Functional Medicine Health team including a Medical Doctor and Nutritional Therapist who will monitor and review your results. Our practitioner team is on standby throughout the testing process and based on your bio-markers we will help to interpret and explain the significance of your results and provide a personalised plan.
As an added support to our customers, we have developed a unique Omega 3 formulation designed to boost your Omega 3 levels and optimise your health.
The fatty acids profile of blood lipids reflects dietary fat intake, and studies have shown that this profile is strongly related to health status. This is because the blood lipid profile represents the types of fats your body has to build into all cells and tissues, including cell membranes in your heart and brain.
Our Lab partners measure 11 fatty acids as a % including saturated, monounsaturated (Omega 9) and polyunsaturated (Omega-6 and Omega-3) fatty acids. The values reflect your diet for the last 120 days, which is the lifetime of blood cells.
Your results are then calculated from the following 7 key fatty acids:
Omega-3 Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
Omega-3 Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
Omega-3 Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA)
Omega-6 Arachidonic acid (AA)
Omega-6 Dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA)
Saturated fat, Palmitic acid (PA)
Saturated fat, Stearic acid (SA)
The personalised results and recommendations will be visualised, making them easy to understand and will help you take the positive steps on your path towards improved health.
Preventative Next Steps
Knowing your blood levels of Omega-3 is empowering, since it gives you a snapshot of your health status, and enables youto take the required action to optimise your health status and reduce your risk for acute and chronic disease.
Beyond reporting your blood biomarkers, we offer an interpretation of their significance, supported by a personalrecommendation for lifestyle and supplemental support to improve your current health status.
A vast body of scientific evidence in the medical literature reports therapeutic and preventative health benefits fromsupplemental Omega-3 Fish Oils, including EPA, DPA and DHA.
Health supporting benefits for heart and brain health are widely reported in the medical and scientific literature. Seeour BLOG for more detailed information.
To improve your Omega-3 Index and Omega 6:3 Ratio, you will need to increase your intake of EPA and DHA on a dailybasis, since Omega -3 is an essential fatty acid (EFA) for human health maintenance, and cannot be made in the human body.
To satisfy your health requirements you would need a regular dietary intake of oily fish or a daily supplement with a qualityOmega-3 nutrient. If your Omega-3 Index is between 4% – 8% we recommend that you increase your current EPA and DHA by 500-1000 mg per day.
If, on the other hand, your Index is less than 4%, our recommendation is that you raise your daily intake by 1000 –3000 mg EPA and DHA, taken with food. If you wish to raise your Omega -3 index from 4% to 8% – we would recommend a daily intake of up to 2000 mg of EPA, DHA, DPA over a 4 month period.
While some Health Institutions recommend a daily intake of at least 250 mg to 500 mg of Omega 3, the American Heart Association recommends 1000 mg per day for patients with coronary heart disease, and 2 meals of oily fish per week for people without heart disease. This can be accomplished by eating more oily fish (MASH = Mackerel, Anchovies, Salmon, Herrings) throughout the week, or bysupplementing with a quality Omega-3 supplement.
Our Labs and Privacy
Your Test will be analysed by our lab partners, a GMP certified contract laboratory with 25 years experience.
Our specialised Lab provides highly accurate chromatographic analysis using world-leading knowledge and technology. We ensure that all samples are disposed of following the analysis. Keeping your data secure is important to us. To protect your privacy your test does not contain your name or personal details to ensure that your privacy is maintained throughout the process. Once your test results are ready we will send you a notification and you can see your results at www.wildatlantichealth.com/results
The Wild Atlantic Health Dry Blood Spot Test has been sustainably designed to simplify Home Testing and make it a better experience. Our Test Kits are manufactured and certified to comply with the European regulation 98/79/EB on in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical devices. This means the test and all its components are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. To verify this our Test Kits carry the CE mark and are registered with the Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (HPRA) in Ireland.