- Easy to use, at-home blood test*
- Reveals your key omega-3 and omega-6 blood levels
- Receive your results by email in about 3 weeks
- Provides a heart-risk grade, based on your test results
Nothing matters more to your health than what you eat ... and good food choices begin with essential information.
Knowing your omega-3 and omega-6 HUFA balance score is the first step towards adjusting your diet to optimize your overall health.
Our easy at-home blood test is quick and accurate, and our lab sends your results about 3 weeks after you mail in your sample.
Six easy steps to a healthier you
Keep reading below to learn more about why the test results matter so much to your health, and exactly what the test reveals.
Why should you test your omega-3/6 levels?
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, “Most American diets provide more than 10 times as much omega-6 than omega-3 fatty acids. There is general agreement that individuals should consume more omega-3 and less omega-6 fatty acids to promote good health.”
HUFA stands for "highly unsaturated fatty acids" ... namely, the "long-chain" omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids essential to brain, eye, and immune system health.
Our Vital Omega-3 and 6 HUFA Test™ measures the blood levels of these two families of essential nutrients, which play key roles in controlling inflammation and key aspects of brain, cardiovascular, immune, and metabolic health.
To ensure accurate, meaningful results, we partnered with a top fatty acid analyst, trusted by the world's leading omega-3 researchers.
Comprehensive, meaningful results
Your report will contain everything you or your health advisor might want to know about your fatty acid status (see a sample report here
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It features the two most credible measures of omega-3/6 fat-related risk of death from coronary heart disease:
% Omega-3 in HUFA
% Omega-6 in HUFA
Based on your % Omega-3 in HUFA result, we provide your Vital O-Mega™ Heart Risk Score:
Sample Vital O-Mega Result
Further, we provide several other perspectives on your fats profile ... whose significance we explain in your report:
- Total Omega-6s
- Omega-3 EPA, DHA, ALA, and DPA
- Total Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio
- AA/EPA ratio
You'll also see how your key results compare to the U.S. average and to optimal levels.
Finally, we provide a full analysis of the fatty acids in your blood – 37 in all – as well as the percentages of saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and highly unsaturated fatty acids.
The Omega-3 Index
versus % Omega-3 in HUFA
Leading fatty acid researchers say that our test's key measure of omega-related heart risk – your % Omega-3 in HUFA – is more valuable for that purpose than the Omega-3 Index test, which was featured on the Dr. Oz show on the omega 3/6 balance topic
However, the Omega-3 Index result has real predictive value for heart risks, so we include it in your report.
The Omega-3 Index – which is an estimate of the percent of total omega-3s in your red blood cell membranes – is mathematically derived from the total omega-3s measured in your blood.
It can be hard to provide a reliably precise Omega-3 Index result for people with elevated blood triglyceride levels.
Which omega-3 and omega-6 HUFA are included in your report?
The five most abundant highly unsaturated fatty acids (HUFA) in human blood – and the ones most significant to human health – are omega-3 EPA, DHA, and DPA and omega-6 AA and DPA (see "Fatty acid terms", below):
However, your Vital Omega-3 and 6 HUFA Test™ measures and reports the full spectrum of all nine omega-3 and omega-6 HUFA found in human blood.
The following list shows the scientific names (e.g., docosahexaenoic acid) and alpha-numeric identifiers (e.g., 22:6w3) for all nine HUFA, as well as the acronyms (e.g., DHA) commonly used for the five major HUFA:
Omega-3 HUFA covered by your report
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid - 22:6w3) • EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid - 20:5w3) • DPA (docosapentaenoic acid - 22:5w3) • eicosatrienoic acid (20:3w3) • eicsoatetraenoic acid (20:4w3)
Omega-6 HUFA covered by your report
AA (arachidonic acid - 20:4w6) • di-homo-gamma linolenic acid (20:3w6) • adrenic acid (22:4w6) • DPA (docosapentaenoic acid - 22:5w6)
Fatty acid terms
- DPA is a HUFA that can occur in omega-3 and/or omega-6 forms.
- Arachidonic acid (AA) is the highly unsaturated omega-6 fatty acid that constitutes most of the omega-6 HUFA found in the average American's blood and cell membranes, with three other omega-6 HUFA (including omega-6 DPA) constituting 10 to 20 percent of the total omega-6 HUFA in blood.
- In terms of total omega-6s in blood, polyunsaturated (short-chain) linolenic acid (LA) constitutes 25-30 percent, while AA constitutes 8-14 percent.
*Analysis of omega 3 fatty acids is not meant to diagnose, treat, or mitigate disease. Relevant sections of U.S FDA regulations exempt the Vital Omega-3 and 6 HUFA Test™ kit from pre-market 510(K) approval requirements for medical devices:
Under NY State law, any Vital Omega-3 and 6 HUFA Test™ kit intended for use to examine blood from a NY State resident must be ordered by that person's prescribing health care practitioner. And, unless we receive their written release, we can only send the test results to the prescribing practitioner.
Allow the sample to dry for 30 minutes and mail within 24 hours or as soon as possible.
To ensure accurate results, The Vital Omega-3 and 6 HUFA Test™ must be taken by the date marked on the kit, which is three years from the date of production.
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