How does the test work?
Omega 3 Ratio Testing measures the essential fatty acids in your red blood cells, which provides a more accurate assessment over the past three to four 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 four omega‐3 fatty acids, seven omega‐6 fatty acids, four monounsaturated fatty acids, six saturated fatty acids and three 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 more likely to be over inflammatory, a risk factor of all chronic disease.