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Discussing Omega-3 Test Results with Health Practitioner



As I noted in the previous post, I just got back blood test results for Omega-3. The results put me just higher than Quebec Inuit for percent Omega-3 in total HUFA (highly unsaturated fatty acids), and somewhat less than Japan and Greenland. I am pleased with the results. However, in the letter with the results is a suggestion that my “health practitioner may find” the test results useful in formulating medical or dietary advice. However, I doubt that my doctor has any knowledge at all about Omega-3, and probably would be skeptical that there are  any real benefits. If anyone has had experience with a health practitioner who seems to have demonstrated expertise in this area, feel free to comment.


Omega-3 Blood Test Results

The evening primrose flower (O. biennis) produ...

The evening primrose flower (O. biennis) produces an oil containing a high content of γ-linolenic acid, a type of n−6 fatty acid. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have copied below the results of an Omega-3 blood test obtained recently. (I just discovered the availability of this test recently on the internet – the cost was about Can$165). It is interesting to get an indication of my blood levels of Omega-3 since until now, I was guessing as to appropriate intake of Omega-3 supplements. The results show quite high Omega-3 levels and low Omega-6 levels compared to the North American averages. These results seem pretty good and I will probably maintain my current Omega-3 intake (flax seed, flax seed oil and high EPA fish oil).  The cover letter with the results also provides a summary of the benefits of Omega-3s.

The test organization does not suggest a GLA target. My GLA percent is small, but about 30% higher than the North American average. Since I have only recently started GLA supplements, and likely have a long term deficiency, I will probably try to double my intake for another 12 months, and then maybe get another set of test results.

May 16, 2013
Dear Swamiodo,
Congratulations on completing The Vital Omega-3 and 6 HUFA Test™ – the easy, evidence-based way to measure and manage the levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in your blood.
There may be no simpler, safer, or more cost-effective path to disease prevention than to adjust your diet to achieve healthful blood levels and proportions of these vital nutrients.
We hope you will use the test results on the following pages – and our explanations of their meaning – to plan and achieve a healthier diet that reduces your risk of ill health.
Introduction: Why Your “Omega Balance” Matters
The acronym “HUFA” stands for Highly Unsaturated Fatty Acids, which are essential food factors that we convert into hormone-like agents that influence inflammation and much more, and have receptors on nearly every cell in the body.
A substantial body of scientific evidence indicates that maintaining a healthful dietary balance of omega-3 and omega-6 HUFA can help you reduce your risk of heart disease and other common, chronic, physical and mental health problems*.
Humans evolved in adaptation to hunter-gatherer diets that contained a roughly equal balance of omega-3s and omega-6s. But modern diets contain much higher proportions of omega-6s, from common vegetable oils (e.g., corn, soy, cottonseed) and the processed foods made with them, as well as from seeds, nuts, grains, and grain-fed meats and poultry.
This historically unprecedented “omega imbalance” matters, for the following reasons (Lands WE 1992):
• Chronic, low-level inflammation promotes cardiovascular disease and many other degenerative conditions.
• Inflammation is controlled in large part by hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which arise from the omega-3 (DHA and EPA) and omega-6 (AA) fatty acids in our cell membranes.
• Omega-3s in our cells (DHA and EPA) mostly yield prostaglandins that tend to moderate inflammation.
 Omega-6s in our cells (AA) mostly yield prostaglandins that tend to promote and maintain inflammation.
 Omega-6s compete with omega-3s for absorption into our cells and the hypothesis that excess intake of omega-6s drives many major diseases rests on persuasive evidence.

1. Your Vital O-Mega Scores™ – Ranking your heart risk
This reveals your Percent Omega-3 in HUFA, your Percent Omega-6 in HUFA, and your estimated heart risk based on those test results.

Omega-3 57%    Omega-6  43%

(US average Omega-3 24%;  Omega-6 76%)

18:2w6   Linoleic (LA)
My reading – 20.19 %
typical US average – 25.10 %
18:3w6  Gamma-linolenic (GLA)
My reading – 0.32 %
typical US average – 0.24 %

“Essential for Optimal Health” – Daily Omega-3 Intake Chart

This is a chart from a brochure from the Ascenta Company.

About Swamiodo

Cottonwood Garden, Nelson BC

Cottonwood Garden, Nelson BC (Photo credit: jsrothwell)

My mission is to provide blessings
and helpful Omega-3 information. Also, since January 2015 I have been teaching tai chi at the Moving Centre, Nelson. The classes re-start on Sunday September 13 2015, and will run until December 20, 2015. The classes are by donation, 10 am to 11 am. For further information about my experience and training, see https://selfdiscoverynelsonbc.wordpress.com/tai-chi-classes/

The link to information about the tai chi classes (Facebook event) is: https://www.facebook.com/events/156879344651156/

In 2005 I was thinking about a spiritual calling,
and some friends suggested that providing blessings
would be a positive contribution to the world.
I began to offer blessings in person in Nelson, BC, Canada by request.

In 2010 I read the Omega Plan, and became convinced
that spreading information about the benefits of
increasing Omega-3 intake was the most postive action
I could take to help others improve their health and creativity.

Thanks to those people who have provided positive feedback and encouragement. The link to my Blessings Blog is


Video – How To Get More Omega 3 Fatty Acids Into Your Diet

Salmon fry hatching.

Salmon fry hatching. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a good short video about how to increase your Omega-3 Intake.

Omega-3 fatty acids can increase good cholesterol and lower the bad, as well as reduce inflammation and your risk for everything from stroke and asthma to certain cancers.
To complete this How-To you will need:
A fish oil supplement
Ground flax
Flax seed oil
And some walnuts


Fish, oil pastels

Fish, oil pastels (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Researchers say diets rich in Omega-3 fatty acids can help people with heart disease live longer, but why these oils are so beneficial remains unclear. A new study looks at how higher fish oil levels in the blood may protect the caps on chromosomes, which help measure biological aging. Catherine Dolf provides a JAMA Report.

Fabulous Fats & Omega-3 Song Video

Absolutely Fabulous (song)

Absolutely Fabulous (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This video is an excerpt from a “Fabulous Fats” presentation by Mary Toscano. The video has a short introduction to Omega-3s (particularly DHA), vital to the functioning of the brain and eyes, and speeding up of body processes. The video also has a cheerful Omega-3 song written and performed by Dan Barnett.