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Omega 3 Testing

Are you interested to know how much Omega-3 you intake from your diet?

The Omega-3 Index measures the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA as a guide to your circulatory health. These same Omega-3 fatty acids have now been found to keep your cells younger for longer. With a level below 8% you could consider using a supplement. Omega-3 fatty acids occur in oily fish naturally, but regretfully most people still do not eat the two portions (of preferably oily fish) per week that is recommended. You should choose a supplement which supplies at least 500 to 1000 mg EPA+DHA per daily portion. EPA and DHA are the two main Omega-3 fatty acids. You should also check the balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6. It is our tendancy to consume far too many Omega-6 fatty acids coming from meat, dairy produce and vegetable oils such as safflower, sunflower, corn, sesame and groundnut oil.

Consuming less Omega-6 and more Omega-3 will enable you to achieve the optimum 5:1 to 2:1 balance and remove the 15:1 ratio, which is usually the result of the 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 3 g EPA+DHA
- EPA and DHA contribute the maintenance of normal blood triglyceride concentrations with a daily intake of 2 g EPA+DHA
- EPA and DHA contribute to the normal function of the heart with a daily intake of at least 250 mg EPA+DHA
- DHA contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function and vision with a daily intake of 250 mg

PREGNANCY & BREASTFEEDING

- DHA maternal intake supports eye and brain development in the foetus and breastfed infant if consumed at 200 mg DHA per day on top of the recommended daily 250 mg 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 100 mg DHA

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

It could be questioned whether it is allowed to indiscriminately judge every test result according to the healthy 8-11% Omega-3 Index reference value that was derived from scientific research. This question was asked to prof. 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 prof. Harris and Jo Wyckmans decided on fine-tuning the standardized 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. Prestigious research groups all over the world use this standardized method of analysis, from Nobel prize winning Elisabeth Blackburn to Harvard Medical School, from the University of Seoul to the University of London or the University of Berlin, and 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 really pleased to finally have a standardized 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.

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 the 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 and heart and cardiovascular disease are the biggest killers in today’s Western civilisation. The reasons for heart and cardiovascular disease are normally found in 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 a heart attack than people who do not watch what they eat, take little exercise and are subject to huge amounts of negative stress.

HERE ARE THE SIX FACTORS THAT DETERMINE AN INCREASED RISK OF A 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 highrisk groups to 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)
- triglyceride level too high.

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 anymore. 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 still 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 over weight 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, similar to the Mediterranean diet. 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 1 g EPA-DHA or 1.8 g pure EPA.

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