The Omega-3 Blood Test measures fatty acids which are important for heart health and a number of other health benefits. Omega-3 can help lower triglycerides and raise HDL which helps reduce a person's risk for heart disease and cardiovascular events like heart attack or stroke. It can also reduce inflammation caused by arthritis, boost the effectiveness of depression medication, aid in the healthy development of infants and help lower the risk of disorders such as Alzheimer's or dementia. Omega-3 is not produced by the body and instead comes from food, primarily fish, or dietary supplements. This test also measures Omega-6, another type of fatty acid which is typically found in nuts, seeds and vegetable oils. Omega-6 can be healthier than other types of fats in moderation, but excessive amounts can still contribute to heart disease. A healthy diet should have a balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6.
This test provides measurements for Omega-3 Total as well as the 3 main components of Omega-3 Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA), Docosapentaenoic Acid (DPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). In addition it provides measurements for Omega-6 Total and Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio. It also measures several types of Omega-6 fatty acids including Arachidonic Acid and Linoleic Acid as well as Arachidonic Acid/PE Ratio.
Turnaround for this test is typically 5-10 business days.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
Fasting for 9-12 hours is preferred but not required.
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