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Omega 3 and 6 Check (Essential Fatty Acids) Blood Test
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Omega 3 and 6 Check (Essential Fatty Acids) Blood Test

Omega 3 and 6 Check (Essential Fatty Acids) Blood Test

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are important in the normal functioning of all tissues of the body. This test checks the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 essential fatty acids in the blood.
Blood sample 1 test included 10 working days turnaround

£79.00

  • You want to know your omega 6 to omega 3 ratio
  • You want to check that your diet is providing you with the nutrients you need
  • You are looking to monitor type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease
The human body can produce all the fatty acids it needs, except for two: linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid and alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. These are essential fatty acids and must be consumed from the diet. Fats are required in every cell of our bodies and are vital for regulating blood pressure, strengthening our immune system and keeping our brains healthy. Whilst omega-6 can be found in most vegetable oils, poultry, leafy green vegetables and nuts; omega-3 is in a smaller number of foods such as oily fish, seeds and nuts.

The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 in our bodies is very important. Omega-6 fatty acids have a pro-inflammatory role while omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory role. Although inflammation helps the immune system to fight infection, chronic inflammation in the body can lead to the development of disease, including heart disease and autoimmune diseases.

As human diets have moved from that of hunter gatherer to the modern agricultural era, the amount of omega 6 fatty acids we consume has increased dramatically such that we now consume more than 10 times the amount of omega 6 as omega 3. The resulting modern ratio of around 16:1 is believed to be responsible for a number of inflammatory diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. An ideal ratio is about 2:1 and this is normally achievable by changes in diet and supplementation of omega 3 rich fish oils or algae. This test checks the ratio of omega 6 to 3 and highlights any irregular levels.

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Fast 8 - 10 hrs prior to sample being taken. Do not consume alcohol 24 hrs before test or cease prescribed medication without consulting your Doctor.

3 simple steps

  • Take the test

    Take the test - either using your kit or visit a clinic.
  • Post your sample

    Send your sample in the freepost pack to our fully accredited lab.
  • Get your results

    Get your doctor reviewed results on my.medichecks.com.
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Important

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.