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Omega’s mainly affect your mood, heart, brain, joints, skin, and eye health. Studies have consistently shown that while taking enough of omega-3s like EPA and DHA are vital to reaping the benefits, the only way to know if you are getting enough of these essential fatty acids from your diet or supplementation is to test your blood level with an Omega-3 Index test. Only then will you know whether the amount you take is enough to boost your brain health. 

Learn more about how to bring the power of omega testing to your personal lifestyle, no longer a standard dose, but a personalized dose. With a simple finger stick and a drop of blood you will learn a lot about your nutritional status and how that relates to your mood, heart, brain, joints, skin, and eye health.

Who Is The Founder
Dr. William S Harris

Dr. William S Harris is an internationally recognized expert on omega-3 fatty acids and how they affect human health. He has a PHD in Human Nutrition from the University of Minnesota and has been studying omega-3 fatty acids for 43 years. He has more than 300 publications in medical literature relating to fatty acids, including omega-3s, and was an author of three American Heart Association scientific statements on fatty acids. Dr. Harris co-invented the Omega-3 Index in 2004 and made it commercially available to the research community and the public in 2009. His Omega-3 Index test has now been used as the gold standard measure of omega-3 status in more than 200 clinical studies. Dr. Harris, his colleague, and his daughter (Dr. Kristina Jackson) invented the prenatal DHA test. Dr. Harris moved on as OmegaQuant’s President in late 2020 to establish the Fatty Acid Research Institute (FARI), where he continues researching fatty acids and health.

The Levels Of Omegas In Your Blood Are Essential To Optimal Heart, Eye, Brain, And Overall Vitality

Your Heart

From a better-functioning heart to healthier blood vessels, there are many reasons why people with higher levels of critical nutrients in their blood have better heart health. Regarding specific heart health benefits, the omega-3s EPA and DHA have been shown to lower blood triglyceride levels and blood pressure. They also stabilize the heart’s electrical system and quiet down the body’s inflammatory response, allowing it to recover from inflammatory insults faster. Further, they reduce the chances of inappropriate blood clots forming and make the blood vessels less stiff and more flexible, which helps facilitate normal blood flow to the tissues. One of the most common questions about omega-3s is “do they lower cholesterol?” The simple answer is no; they don’t lower cholesterol. This is a popular misconception. Although both triglycerides and cholesterol are blood fats, omega-3s have only been shown to impact the former.

Your Brain

About 60% of the brain is made up of fat. It’s one of the fattiest organs in the human body. It’s also one of the most important organs, as it plays a role in every major body system. By far, the most prominent fat in the brain is omega-3 DHA. Research has shown that this critical omega-3 fat can hang around for more than two-and-half years before new DHA replaces it in the brain.

Omega-3s play a role in brain health during every phase of life – from infant brain development to maintaining cognitive function as we age. DHA is an actual physical part of the nerves and membranes in the brain. DHA accumulates at the synapses in the brain, where nerve cells communicate with one another. DHA is converted to a compound called “neuroprotection D1,” which acts as an antioxidant to help maintain and protect the health of brain cells.

The Omega-3 Index is the proportion of all fatty acids in your red blood cell membranes. It reflects the omega-3 status of your body over the last 4 months, similar to how hemoglobin A1C reflects long-term glucose blood levels.

What To Expect Out Of My Omega 3 Index Test

As a part of an overall healthy lifestyle, an Omega-3 Index in the 8-12% range helps maintain optimal heart, brain, eye, mood, and joint health.

The amount of EPA/DHA needed to raise the Omega-3 Index into the desirable range is different for everybody. Many factors like age, sex, weight, diet, genetics, smoking habits, medications, and other medical conditions – can all influence the body’s response to EPA/DHA.

Still, based on our research, we can estimate how much EPA/DHA you need to raise your level to the desirable range, given your current Omega-3 Index level.

If you increase your intake of EPA/DHA, your Omega-3 Index will slowly go up within a few days but will continue to change for 3-4 months. We recommend you measure your Omega-3 Index in 3-4 months intervals from initial testing and until you reach an optimal range. Once you attain the desirable range, we recommend you re-test once every 1-2 years to ensure everything is still within optimal ranges.

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