THE RESEARCH WILL CONTINUE TO SHOW THAT FOLLOWING A MEDITERRANEAN DIET RICH IN OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS THAT COME FROM FISH AND FLAXSEED/CANOLA OILS WILL BENEFIT A MAN’S HEALTH…PART OF EATING WHOLE, NATURAL FOODS…..
The Omega-3 index test is given by a blood draw in a doctor’s office or a finger-stick test at home. It measures the amount of two heart-healthy fats—docosahexaenoic and eicosapentaenoic acids, or DHA and EPA, deposited in the membranes of red-blood cells after consuming fish or other foods rich in Omega-3s.
So far, the test results aren’t standardized among laboratories, so a result from one lab can’t be compared with another, scientists say. OmegaQuant Analytics, a laboratory owned by Omega Biostatus LLC, of Sioux Falls, S.D., in January began offering a proprietary test it calls the HS-Omega-3 Index, named for co-developers William Harris, the founder of OmegaQuant, and German scientist Clemens von Schacky. The lab aims to make the test a national standard.
The test results state your level of Omega-3 fatty acids as a percentage of total fatty acids. Under 4% in OmegaQuant’s test is considered “undesirable,” or an elevated heart-disease risk, and over 8% is “desirable.” The gradings are based on a 2004 paper, written by Dr. Harris and Dr. Schacky, which looked at a number of heart-disease studies using various types of Omega-3 blood testing and calculated what the studies’ subjects would have scored if they had gotten the company’s test instead. The grading will likely be revised based on direct evidence from 10 research studies now evaluating the test’s link to a variety of health outcomes, Dr. Harris says.