How does the test work?
Omega 3 Ratio Testing measures the essential fatty acids in your red blood cell, which provides a more accurate assessment over the past 3-4 months, compared to the day-to-day fluctuations in serum levels.
In addition to Omega 3 Ratio testing, this test also measures your complete fatty acid profile including 4 omega‐3 fatty acids, 7 omega‐6 fatty acids, 4 monounsaturated fatty acids, 6 saturated fatty acids, 3 groups of trans fatty acids. It will also tell you your Omega‐6 to Omega‐3 ratio and your AA:EPA which is important for inflammation.
The ideal Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio is believed to be about 3:1, however in Australia it is estimated that our ratio is closer to 40:1. The significance of this centres around our level of inflammation. Omega-6 fatty acids are required for inflammation which is how the body protects itself from infections and injury, whilst Omega-3 is more anti-inflammatory. If we have high Omega-6 compared to Omega-3 levels we are therefore more likely to be over inflammatory, a risk factor of all chronic diseases.