Years of negative associations of dietary fat with calories, cholesterol, and even cancer, have resulted in the attitude among the general public and many medical professionals that fat should simply be avoided yet fatty acids of which fats are made up of are critical to normal human function,
Certain key essential fatty acids (EFA’s) are thought to be partially responsible for the development of the human brain in evolutionary terms, and the human capacity for creativity amongst other things
They are needed in constant supply and form powerful hormones, cell membranes, and are used as an efficient source of stored energy. . Deficiencies are now prevalent with modern diets being high in saturated and hydrogenated fats, but low in the many essential fats.
Symptoms associated with fatty acid imbalances
- Eczema-like skin eruptions
- Cracked/ dry skin including heels & fingertips
- Dry eyes/ increased thirst
- Dandruff, hair loss and lifeless hair
- Soft brittle nails
- Poor wound healing
- Frequent infections
- Depression, fatigue, irritability
- Decreased concentration
- Agoraphobia and panic attacks
- Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders•
- Cardiovascular disease
- High blood pressure
- Irritable Bowel Disease
- Difficulty losing weight
- Liver/ kidney degeneration
- Sterility/ miscarriage
- PMS and painful breasts
The Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio:
EFA imbalances have been cited by some experts as the most widespread nutritional problem in modern times.
The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats has increased dramatically due to the widespread use of vegetable oils, rising from about 4:1 for Americans at the beginning of the twentieth century to about 20:1 at the present time.
Increased consumption of saturated fats and decreased consumption of omega-3 oils (cold water fish and flaxseed oil) have also contributed to the growing prevalence of these imbalances.
Some individuals with a healthy dietary balance of fatty acids may still have biochemical abnormalities that interfere with their ability to properly metabolise those fats. They may require more targeted supplementation.
What is being measured
This test measures the level of fatty acids in red blood cells.
34 Fatty Acids and 4 Fatty Acid Ratios:
Omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9
Polyunsaturated fatty acids
Saturated fatty acids
Monounsaturated fatty acids
Trans fatty acids
Fatty acid ratios and percent distribution
Blood test that requires a blood sample – Erythrocytes.
You will need to arrange for a blood sample to be collected by a nurse at your G.P. service or at a private clinic or hospital. Any fee for this service is not included in with the test fee.
You will need to send your sample back to the lab via a next day postal service – If you are in the UK, Royal mail offer a suitable next day service. If you are outside of the UK then please check with your postal service for options. The cost of the test does not cover the return postage.
Please note that samples should only be posted on Monday – Thursday so that they do not arrive over the weekend when the lab is closed.
A courier returns option is offered by the lab and details will be included in with your test kit. This is an optional service and the cost is not included in with the test fee. Details about payment, should you wish to take up this offer, are included with the courier details.
Before Taking this Test
See instructions inside test kit for more details
If you request to take the fatty acids test requiring a plasma sample instead, then you will need to be fasting for 8-12 hours prior. Please contact us if you are unsure about which test is right for you.
All sample reports are for representational and educational purposes only. Biomarkers, references ranges, results, and all other data may differ from actual reports. All data included in no way represents an actual patient. Any comparisons of results to actual patients, is completely incidental.