- Easy to use at-home blood test*
- Measures your omega-3 and omega-6 levels
- Measures your omega-3 index score
- Receive your results by email in about 3 weeks
- Provides a heart-risk grade, based on your test results
*Please Note: We cannot legally process Omega-3/6 HUFA tests for New York residents — scroll down to the bottom to see the explanatory details.
Nothing matters more to your health than what you eat ... and good food choices begin with essential information.
Knowing your body's omega-3/omega-6 HUFA balance is the first step towards adjusting your diet to optimize your overall health.
HUFA stands for "highly unsaturated fatty acids" ... namely, the "long-chain" omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids essential to brain, eye, and immune system health.
To see top research scientists explain why your omega-3/6 balance matters so much, view our "Out of Balance" video, which is also available at YouTube.
Our at-home blood test is quick and easy — view our "Using the Test Kit” video — and you'll get your results about 3 weeks after you mail in your sample.
Why should you test your omega-3/6 levels?
So-called "long-chain" or "highly unsaturated" omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential to brain, eye, and immune system health, and to fetal and child deveopment.
The intake ratio throughout human evolutionary history, until the 1950s, was about two or three parts omega-6 fat to one part omega-3 fat.
But now, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health**, "Most American diets provide at least 10 times more omega-6 than omega-3 fatty acids."
This explain why, as the NIH says, "There is now general scientific agreement that individuals should consume more omega-3 and fewer omega-6 fatty acids for good health." (For more information, see America's Sickening "Omega Imbalance.)
Our Vital Omega-3/6 HUFA Test measures the blood levels of these two families of essential nutrients, which play key roles in controlling inflammation and key aspects of brain, cardiovascular, immune, and metabolic health.
To ensure accurate, meaningful results, we partnered with a top fatty acid analyst, trusted by the world's leading omega-3 researchers.
Comprehensive, meaningful results
Your report will contain everything you or your health advisor might want to know about your fatty acid status (see a sample report here ... requires free Adobe Reader).
It features the three most scientifically credible measures of omega-3/6 fat-related risk of death from coronary heart disease:
- % Omega-3 in HUFA
- % Omega-6 in HUFA
- Omega-3 Index score (% omega-3s in red blood cells)
Based on your % Omega-3 in HUFA result, we provide your Vital O-Mega Heart Risk Score:
Sample Vital O-Mega Result
Further, we provide several other perspectives on your fats profile ... whose significance we explain in your report:
- Omega-3 Index
- Total Omega-3s
- Total Omega-6s
- Omega-3 EPA, DHA, ALA, and DPA
- Total Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio
- AA/EPA ratio
You'll also see how your key results compare to the U.S. average and to optimal levels.
Finally, we provide a full analysis of the fatty acids in your blood – 37 in all – as well as the percentages of saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and highly unsaturated fatty acids.
The Omega-3 Index versus % Omega-3 in HUFA
Leading fatty acid researchers say that our test's key measure of omega-related heart risk – your % Omega-3 in HUFA – is more valuable for that purpose than the Omega-3 Index test, which was featured on the Dr. Oz show on the omega 3/6 balance topic.
However, the Omega-3 Index result has real predictive value for heart risks, so we include it in your report.
The Omega-3 Index – which is an estimate of the percent of total omega-3s in your red blood cell membranes – is mathematically derived from the total omega-3s measured in your blood.
It can be hard to provide a reliably precise Omega-3 Index result for people with elevated blood triglyceride levels.
Which omega-3 and omega-6 HUFA are included in your report?
The five most abundant highly unsaturated fatty acids (HUFA) in human blood – and the ones most significant to human health – are omega-3 EPA, DHA, and DPA and omega-6 AA and DPA (see "Fatty acid terms", below).
However, your Vital Omega-3 and 6 HUFA Test measures and reports the full spectrum of all nine omega-3 and omega-6 HUFA found in human blood.
The following list shows the scientific names (e.g., docosahexaenoic acid) and alpha-numeric identifiers (e.g., 22:6w3) for all nine HUFAs covered by your report, as well as the acronyms (e.g., DHA) commonly used for the five major HUFA:
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid - 22:6w3) • EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid - 20:5w3) • DPA* (docosapentaenoic acid - 22:5w3) • eicosatrienoic acid (20:3w3) • eicsoatetraenoic acid (20:4w3)
AA** (arachidonic acid - 20:4w6) • di-homo-gamma linolenic acid (20:3w6) • adrenic acid (22:4w6) • DPA* (docosapentaenoic acid - 22:5w6)
*DPA can occur in omega-3 and omega-6 forms, both in foods and in human cell membranes.
**Arachidonic acid (AA) is the highly unsaturated omega-6 fatty acid that constitutes most of the omega-6 HUFA found in the average American's blood and cell membranes, with three other omega-6 HUFA (including omega-6 LA, GLA, and DPA) constituting 10 to 20 percent of the total omega-6 HUFA in blood.
- This test kit is not intended to diagnose, treat, or mitigate any disease.
- We cannot process Omega-3/6 HUFA tests for New York residents, because, like most labs, the lab that processes our test does not currently hold the required license. If you have questions or need assistance, please call Customer Care at 866.482.5887.
- Relevant sections of U.S FDA regulations exempt the Vital Omega-3 and 6 HUFA Test kit from pre-market 510(K) approval requirements for medical devices: Convenience Kits Interim Regulatory Guidance and Medical Device Exemptions 510(k) and GMP Requirements.