September 26, 2019
The Guide to Understanding Your Omega-3 Index Report
The omega-3 index looks at your levels of DHA and EPA omega-3 fats relative to the total amount of fatty acids in your blood. The O3 index is an underutilized way of protecting heart health by providing us with information that can be extremely valuable for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic inflammatory health conditions.
If you are planning to test your omega-3 levels, there are a few ranges you will want to be familiar with.
Here’s How to Read the Omega-3 Index
When you use Newtrition’s Omega-3 Index Test Kit*, you will be able to see exactly where your omega-3 levels stand. Your test results will include an Omega-3 index percentage, an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio, and an AA/EPA ratio.
Here’s what you want to look at when reading your results:
- Omega-3 Index: This number reflects how much DHA and EPA you have in your blood cells, reported as a percentage of overall fatty acids present. The optimal range for reducing cardiovascular disease risk is 8-12%. Getting a reading of 4-8% means you are at an intermediate risk for heart disease, and a result of 0-4% is considered high risk.
- Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratio: Ideally, you want your omega-6 to omega-3 ratio to be less than three, with the ideal range being 1:1-3:1. This would be an indicator of good cardiovascular health. If your ratio is higher than that, you can start by making dietary changes, and removing more inflammatory omega-6 fats from your diet such as margarine, and vegetable oils. You will want to replace these inflammatory fats with omega-3 rich foods like wild-caught fatty fish. A high-quality fish oil supplement can also be beneficial.
- AA/EPA Ratio: AA is arachidonic acid - an omega-6 fatty acid. This ratio is a good indicator of cellular inflammation throughout the body. An elevated AA/EPA ratio is a risk factor for chronic diseases, including cancer. With chronic inflammation at the root of nearly all chronic disease seen today, the AA/EPA ratio is a valuable tool to look at your risk factor for inflammatory conditions. When using the Newtrition Omega-3 Index Test Kit, you want your AA/EPA ratio to be 1:1-3:1. A ratio less than three is not desirable, and something you would want to address through diet. You would want to consume more omega-3 rich foods like wild-caught fatty fish, walnuts, and chia seeds. Just like improving your omega-6 to omega-3 ratio, supplementing with a high-quality fish oil, and reducing your omega-6 fat intake can be beneficial as well.
Get Your Own Omega-3 Index Report & Safeguard Your Heart Health
The bottom line is that chronic, undiagnosed inflammation poses a major health risk to every single part of the body. By taking the steps necessary to check where your own omega-3 levels stand, you can help protect not only the health of your heart but every other body system that is directly impacted by chronic underlying inflammation.
If you want to learn more about your own risk of developing cardiovascular disease or other chronic health conditions, an excellent first step is to check your omega-3 index. Get started by ordering your own Newtrition Omega-3 Index Test Kit.
*Newtrition’s Omega-3 Index Test Kit and the results are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.