Omega-3 Index Test Analysis
The Omega-3 Index Test offers an accurate evaluation of your baseline Omega-3 status, and the progress of treatment. This easy, low cost test can be done at home or in the clinic measures the total EPA and DHA content of your red blood cells (RBCs), expressed as a weight percentage, and offers many benefits.
Omega-3 Deficiency Is Too Common
The consumption of the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, has long been recognised as a healthy dietary choice associated with a broad range of positive health outcomes. However, deficiency is common, with four out of five Australians failing to even meet the moderate recommended intake of 500 mg of combined EPA and DHA daily for cardiovascular health maintenance. Furthermore, both the Australian and New Zealand populations have, on average, suboptimal red blood cell levels of EPA and DHA, a risk factor associated with poor cardiovascular and neuropsychiatric outcomes. Therefore, whether for general health and wellbeing, disease prevention or for the treatment of more complex inflammatory conditions, your omega-3 status shouldn’t be overlooked or taken for granted.
The Omega-3 Index, which is a measure of the amount of EPA and DHA in your blood, is an important risk factor for fatal heart attacks. But with health authorities only recommending 1-2 fish meals per week, chances are most people will not get the amount of omega-3s they need to protect the heart.
Omega-3 Index: The Best Way to Assess Omega-3 Status
Importantly, the omega-3 index has been associated with the risk of cardiovascular disease, including coronary disease, sudden cardiac death and acute coronary syndromes; neuropsychiatric conditions, such as impaired cognitive function, depression, aggressive behaviours and bipolar disease; and all-cause mortality (Figure 1). The Omega-3 test also offers an unambiguous treatment solution that is responsive to treatment; i.e. if you have a low omega-3 index, you require an increase in EPA and DHA intake, and if this is achieved, your omega-3 index will increase.