Fatty Acid Profile – Practitioner Referral
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It’s hard to know if we are eating enough (or too much) fat, and which fats we need! This test will provide you with a profile of all the fats in your blood serum (mono/poly-unsaturated fats, saturated fats) as well as the incredibly important ratio of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids. Tailor your intake of dietary or supplemented Omega 3 to suit your body’s requirements. Excellent to combine with your ImuPro food intolerance test to address inflammation, particularly if you are experiencing signs of omega 3 deficiency (eg. Depression, weight gain, heart disease, skin problems, difficulty concentrating or “brain fog”).
Ideally our intake of these essential fatty acids should be 1:1, however in Western Diets this ratio is more often 1:24! Diets high in Omega-6 and low in Omega-3 promote inflammation in the body, making this an invaluable test to determine whether dietary changes or omega-3 supplementation is necessary for optimum health.
The Fatty Acid Status can be a great tool done on its own, or when combined with the LipoScan, and/or Oxidated-LDL test, as part of the special LipoScan Concept Bundle.
With your test, you will receive:
- Full therapist report based on analysis of your blood serum. You may like to take your results to your Practitioner.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the benefit of testing for fatty acids?
An unfavourable fatty acid status promotes inflammation in our body. The fatty acids linoleic acid and arachidonic acid are part of the group of Omega-6 fatty acids. Alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) count among the Omega-3 fatty acids. The ratio of 1:5 is considered to be an ideal ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
In many cases, however, today’s eating habits result in a ratio of 1:10 to 1:50! The effects of this imbalance include in particular the production of inflammation-promoting messengers in our body, the vasoconstrictive and hypertensive effect of arachidonic acid and an increase in the risk of thrombosis. The immediate consequences may also be diseases such as rheumatism, asthma, atopic dermatitis, cardiovascular diseases or diabetes mellitus.
What do I do with my results?
You will find out whether you consume too many Omega-6 fatty acids and your risk of inflammation.
In addition, the test can also be used to determine the individual requirement of Omega-3 fatty acids and guide the change of diet. It is also suitable as follow up to measure the effectiveness of the therapy.
Who is this test for?
The Fatty Acid test is usually conducted as part of the LipoScan Advanced Cholesterol testing to help guide therapy for lowering cholesterol and triglycerdies. However, anyone who wishes to find out their ratio of omega3 and omega 6 fats can undertake this test. Omega 3 fats are crucial for the health of our brain (cognitive function and mood), skin, metabolism and immune function.
How long do results take?
Once we have safely received your blood serum samples they will be forwarded to our lab. Results take 10-20 business days and will be emailed to you (unless you have been referred by your healthcare practitioner).
What are fatty acids?
Fatty acids are main constituents of dietary and body fats. Fatty acids that do not have a double bond are called saturated fatty acids. By contrast, unsaturated fatty acids contain one or several double bonds and are therefore also called mono- or polyunsaturated fatty acids. One should include fats in one’s menu since they play an important role for health. However, it is important to choose the right types of fats.
Can I get this test via my GP?
Yes, your GP can refer you for this test. Ask us for a GP referral form.
How can I get the Fatty Acid Status done?
Once you place your order we post your Fatty Acid Status test kit. This contains a pathology request form for your local collection centre, instructions, 2 transport tubes and 2 biohazard specimen bags. All you need t do is fast for 12 hours, then have your blood drawn at pathology. They will prepare your samples to be stable at room temperature and return them to you. Simply pop them in the provided transport tubes and send them back to ImuPro.
What can I expect from my results?
You will receive your lab report with quantitative values for each fatty acid including ALA, EPA, DHA and more. From there you will know what fats to reduce and what to increase to create optimal balance