Essential Fatty Acid Testing & the Omega 3 Score

The Omegas

 

There are two main essential fatty acid pathways in the body that are represented by the Omega-3 and the Omega-6 essential fatty acid groupings. The essential fatty acid pathways are much more complex then these two pathways alone. Our healthy and vitality are inextricably linked to the metabolic pathways that we push, through our lifestyle decisions and dietary intakes.


The relationship between EPA, an Omega-3 and AA is particularly important as the ratio of these two fatty acids is an excellent marker of inflammation and a key predictor in numerous pathologies.


This profile test is particularly relevant today when the average North American Diet consists of a higher ratio, equivalent to 10:1 (AA: EPA) representing a highly inflammatory diet.


Inflammation is now deemed as the primary causal factor leading to the genesis of many disease processes. research is proving that adequate levels of Omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) are cardio-protective.


In addition, a healthy ratio of AA to EPA has been associated with improvements in a variety of diseases, while an elevated ratio of AA to EPA has been linked to an increased risk of the following diseases such as:


 

Heart Disease & Cardiovascular Risks

Lung Cancer

Breast Cancer

Colorectal Cancer

Asthma

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Diabetes


 Research into this field is constantly growing and proving that essential fatty acids play a key nutritional role as a determinant of health. 


 

Hs-Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acid Profile

This test determines the baseline essential fatty acid compositions within the body and helps determine the exact ratios and frank deficiencies in the essential fatty acid profile that can lead to increased cardiovascular and other health risks.

This test helps determine the adequacy of supplementation so modifications can be made to properly adjust to the body’s utilization of these key nutritional health promoters. 


The essential fatty acid profile measures the percentage of EPA and DHA levels in red blood cell membranes (RBCs).


The majority of Americans have a 4% RBC omega-3 fatty acid percentage which represents normal risk; however studies demonstrate that an 8% RBC level may reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death by up to 90%.


For inquiries please contact Evolve Naturopathic Vitality Centre for a full diagnostic work-up to determine if these tests can benefit you.This is a simple blood test that can be used to measure baseline essential fatty acid profiles and can help monitor proper supplementation and absorption for the prevention, treatment and balance of key inflammatory and disease processes. 

Assessing Cardiovascular Risk; Lipoprotein Particle Numbers Tell the Whole Story

Standard medical tests measure the total cholesterol, LDL & HDL as well as triglyceride levels to determine cardiovascular risk factors. While these traditional cholesterol measurements are good, they are missing some key lipid profile measurements that reveal a more telling clinical picture. Research studies reflect that up to 50 percent of those who have suffered a heart attack had “normal” standard cholesterol values. (NHLBI – The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) 

LPP Cholesterol Test

Spectracell’s LPP test is the most advanced and comprehensive lipoprotein test available on the market today. Lipoprotein Particle Testing is essential for identifying patients who are at risk for cardiovascular and atherogenic events. This blood test directly measures the totality of of the lipoprotein particles including all the subgroups of LDL and HDL including Lp(a) and other critical risk factors in the development of clots and atherogenic plaque formations.

Aspirin Response Test:

 

Are you on the right therapy for your cardiovascular health?


The Aspirin Response test is a simple urinalysis test used to verify if Aspirin Therapy is effectively treating cardiovascular risks factors or not. 


Aspirin is comprised of acetyl salicylic acid and can contribute to metabolic acidsosis which can contribute to further degenerative conditions.