This simple blood test predicts your risk for sudden cardiac death better than any other.
Omega-3 fatty acids are the healthy fats that reduce inflammation, inhibit cancer development and protect our blood vessels. They offer significant benefits for overall cardiovascular health and also protect against dementia, depression, inflammatory diseases, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dry eye, macular degeneration, joint health and allergies.1 Unfortunately most Americans, especially vegans and those not consuming fatty fish regularly, do not get optimal omega-3s from their diet.
Fish are rich in DHA and EPA, the critical long chain omega-3 fatty acids, but fish can accumulate environmental pollutants such as mercury, PCBs, chlordane, dioxins and DDT. Dr. Fuhrman recommends avoiding fish or consuming it in very limited quantities. Omega-3s can also be manufactured by our bodies from alpha-linolenic acid, the building block found in walnuts, some seeds and green leafy vegetables. Studies show, however, that people have varying abilities to convert alpha-linolenic acid into DHA and EPA. Some people ingesting alpha-linolenic acid from greens, seeds and walnut can achieve adequate levels of EPA and DHA, while others do not manufacture optimal amounts.2 Men generally convert less than women, and the ability to convert declines with age.
DHA and EPA can also be obtained from supplements such as Dr. Fuhrman’s DHA+EPA Purity.
Since differences in age, weight, sex, lifestyle habits, metabolism and absorption make it impossible to accurately predict anyone’s omega-3 status, a blood test is the only reliable way to determine if your omega-3 levels are optimal and what supplementation level is needed.
The HS-Omega-3 Index (R) blood test is now available here at www.DrFuhrman.com. This test measures the level of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) in your red blood cells. It will help you determine your risk for sudden cardiac death and other health issues. Research has shown that a favorable HS-Omega-3 Index is associated with a lower risk of sudden cardiac death. For example, reaching a level of 6.5% reduces your risk by 90%.
The test kit includes a test request form, collection instructions, contact-activated lancet and collection card, plastic bag with desiccant packet and paid return envelope. You stick your finger with the lancet and put a drop of blood on the card. The results include a complete fatty acid analysis including the omega-3 index and Dr. Fuhrman’s recommendations for supplementation, if needed, will be emailed back to you.
- Easy to do finger-stick test that you can easily do yourself at home.
- No doctor visit or blood draw required.
- The results include a complete fatty acid analysis including the omega-3 index.
- Results will be reviewed and include supplemental recommendations, if necessary, based on the results.
- Receive results and recommendations via email in as little as 2 weeks!
- The test kit includes a test request form, collection instructions, contact-activated lancet and collection card, plastic bag with desiccant packet and paid return envelope.
View sample Fatty acid analysis and Omega-3 Index report
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