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Omega-3 Testing

Want to Know How Much Omega-3 You Get From Your Diet?

We hear often about the massive health benefits of omega-3s, the naturally-occurring fatty acids found in fish, meat, seeds and eggs. There can be no argument: omega-3s are vital for good nutrition. 

It’s somewhat surprising to learn, therefore, that omega-3 deficiency is so common. Thankfully, you can monitor your levels rather easily with an Omega-3 Test Kit.

The Omega-3 Index measures levels of omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA as a guide to your circulatory health. These same omega-3 fatty acids have been linked with keeping cells younger for longer, among other benefits. Raising your Omega-3 Index is thus advised to reduce your risk of such conditions as heart disease, stroke, dementia and depression. 

With a level below 8%, you are in the Intermediate or, worse, Undesirable range and should consider using a supplement which supplies at least 500 to 1,000mg EPA+DHA per day. You could also raise your omega-3 status by eating more oily fish.

The Balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6

Another element worth considering is the balance between omega-3 and omega-6. It is our general tendency to consume far too many omega-6 fatty acids from meat, dairy produce and vegetable oils such as safflower, sunflower, corn, sesame and groundnut oil, thereby neglecting the more heart-healthy omega-3s.

Consuming less omega-6 and more omega-3 will enable you to achieve the optimum 5:1 to 2:1 balance as opposed to the 15:1 ratio which is a consequence of the typical Western diet.

What Does the Science Say About Omega-3 Fatty Acids?

ADULTS

- EPA and DHA contribute to the maintenance of normal blood pressure with a daily intake of 3g EPA+DHA
- EPA and DHA contribute the maintenance of normal blood triglyceride concentrations with a daily intake of 2g EPA+DHA
- EPA and DHA contribute to the normal function of the heart with a daily intake of at least 250mg EPA+DHA
- DHA contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function and vision with a daily intake of 250mg

PREGNANCY & BREASTFEEDING

- DHA maternal intake supports eye and brain development in the foetus and breastfed infant if consumed at 200mg DHA per day on top of the recommended daily 250mg EPA+DHA for adults.

INFANTS

- DHA contributes to the normal visual development of infants up to 12 months of age in a daily intake of 100mg DHA

It's about time laboratories clear up the confusion over different analytical methods in use for fatty acid profile evaluation.

It could be questioned whether it's wise to indiscriminately judge every test result according to the healthy 8-11% Omega-3 Index reference value. This question was posed to Professor von Schacky, co-inventor of the Omega-3 Index and founder of Omegametrix GmbH: “The fundamental problem with fatty acid analysis is an uncontrolled emergence of analytical methods. Depending on the method applied, the result can differ up to a factor ten. 

“This is one of the reasons why Professor Harris and Jo Wyckmans decided on fine-tuning the standardised HS-Omega-3 Index Test. It is the only test to which the 8-11% reference value applies.”

More than 80 scientific projects are based upon the HS-Omega-3 Index Test. Respected research groups throughout the world use this standardised method of analysis, from Nobel Prize-winning Elisabeth Blackburn to Harvard Medical School, the University of Seoul and the University of London, among many others. 
 

Over 40 scientific publications are based upon the HS-Omega-3 Index Test. Twenty-five other studies also used this method of analysis and will be published soon, while 25 new projects are still ongoing.

The scientific world is pleased to finally have a standardised method to work with. Analytical results will hopefully show better matches between laboratories in the near future. In Europe, Omegametrix GmbH is the reference laboratory for determining the original HS-Omega-3 Index Test that was used in the clinical studies. This test is made available to you by Nutrogenics in cooperation with Omegametrix GmbH.

Want to find out if you're getting enough vital omega-3s? Now it's simpler than ever before thanks to this effective, easy-to-use Omega-3 Test Kit. 

An HS-Omega-index between 8% and 11% is highly recommended if you want to maintain optimum health.
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    Interview with Prof. Dr. Clemens von Schacky: Omega-3 Index

Heart and Cardiovascular Disease

Heart and cardiovascular disease is a general term used to describe arteriosclerosis or the hardening of blood vessels from a build-up of calcium plaque or calcium deposits. This is a result from fatty substances found in cholesterol and other residues. Cancer, heart and cardiovascular disease are the biggest killers in today’s Western civilisation. Heart and cardiovascular diseases are often brought about by an unhealthy lifestyle: not enough exercise, an unhealthy diet and negative stress. People with a healthy and varied diet, and no negative stress, run a much smaller risk of heart attack than those who do not watch what they eat, exercise little and are subject to huge amounts of negative stress.

Here are the 6 factors that determine an increased risk of heart attack:

- Genetic predisposition
- High lipoprotein level (a)
- High blood pressure
- High serum homocysteine level
- Smoking
- Excessive serum cholesterol level

It is urgently advised that anyone belonging to one (or more) of these high risk groups get themselves tested for:

- Calcium plaque in the coronary artery
- Oxycholesterol
- Homocysteine level in blood serum
- Lipoprotein-a or Lp-(a)
- Low HDL content (beneficial cholesterol)
- High triglyceride levels

It is not cholesterol but oxycholesterol that is dangerous

It is not the total amount of cholesterol that is important; it's the amount of bad (LDL) cholesterol, the ratio between LDL and HDL and the extent to which the cholesterol is oxidised. These factors are referred to as the oxycholesterol level. Oxycholesterol is harmful to the arterial walls. Cholesterol is likened to oil: when oil sets, it can't be poured from the bottle any more. Likewise, when cholesterol is oxidised, it can no longer flow through the arteries.

It is not likely that traditional physicians who carry out a cholesterol test will measure the amount of oxycholesterol. Always ask your GP for clear information. You should ask for the ratio between bad LDL and good HDL cholesterol if a cholesterol test is carried out on you. Someone with LDL 150 and HDL 30 is more at risk from heart disease than someone with LDL 150 and HDL 90. Too many physicians only take the total cholesterol content into account and routinely prescribe cholesterol-lowering drugs from a cholesterol level of 220. Also ask about the homocysteine level (read on for more details).

A healthy alternative to cholesterol-lowering drugs

Following a healthy diet, taking regular exercise and losing weight if you are overweight is the best way to lower blood cholesterol and avoid heart and cardiovascular disease. If you eat lots of fruit and vegetables resulting in a low saturated fat intake, and your cholesterol is still unbalanced, the following is recommended:

- Reduce your intake of all saturated fats. A reduction in the saturated fat intake is the most effective way of lowering blood cholesterol.
- Limit your daily intake of cholesterol.
- Introduce olive oil into your diet. There's a reason the Mediterranean diet is often dubbed the world's healthiest. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid or omega-9), antioxidants and squalene and helps lower the LDL cholesterol level.
- Limit the use of coffee, black tea and coke.
- Eat foods rich in vitamin B (grains, fruit, beans, leafy vegetables).
- Vitamin B12 and folic acid help to lower the homocysteine level.
- Eat more complex carbohydrates rich in plant fibre.
- Drink green tea regularly.
- Eat plenty of garlic, onion, chillies and shitake mushrooms.
- Take 1g EPA-DHA or 1.8g pure EPA.

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