Hi, I’m Jaime Mass Registered Dietitian and health advisor at Life Extension.
Everyone has at one time been to a doctor and had their blood pressure taken or blood drawn for cholesterol or glucose. Unfortunately, most of us stop with our annual check-ups as though it’s enough to screen for potential health problems. But it’s not!
Although cardiovascular disease is the number 1 killer of Americans how many of us actually know our risk for developing cardiovascular disease or dying from a sudden cardiac event?
That’s why Life Extension partnered with NutraSource Diagnostic, a leading expert on omega-3 fatty acid research. This trademarked comprehensive “Omega Score®” blood test goes beyond traditional medicine!
But before we discuss what the Omega Score® blood test is and why it’s so important … let’s review what fatty acids are, and why we need them for optimal health and anti-aging.
Simply put, fatty acids are produced when the fats in the food you eat are broken down. They are used for cellular energy and are essential for strong organs, tissues, and healthy skin. They also possess many anti-aging properties, promote weight loss, and help rid the arteries of cholesterol build up.
There are many different types of fatty acids but for now we will concentrate on two ... omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Both are considered essential fatty acids, meaning you need them for your health but your body can’t make them -- YOU MUST consume them through food or supplementation.
Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain health, as well as reducing the risk for heart disease. They have also become popular because they reduce inflammation and help lower the risk of chronic disease.
Omega-6 fatty acids, on the other hand tend to promote inflammation and occur in extreme excesses in the typical American diet.
Balance is key ... that means attaining a healthy ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids in your diet.
Don’t forget: Fats are good for you! The key is choosing healthy fats in the right ratios.
But how do you know if you are eating enough omega-3’s or if your fatty acids are in balance? Take the Omega Score® blood test and eliminate the guesswork!
If your report indicates that your levels of omega-3 are low, or that your levels of omega-6 and saturated fatty acids are high – don’t worry! You are in the same boat as many Americans.
The good news is that you don’t have to stay out of balance. This blood test arms you with the information you need to change your ratios.
The next question you may be asking is, what “score” will I be receiving? You will actually be receiving 4 “scores” based on compiled research.
Let’s look at each:
- Omega-3 Whole Blood Score (the sum of the omega-3 – Fatty Acids EPA, DPA and DHA)
- Correlates to the risk of sudden death in people with no history of cardiovascular disease
- Omega-3 Serum Equivalence Score
- Shows your risk for developing heart disease
- Omega-3 EPA + DHA serum equivalence Score
- Shows your risk of dying from a heart attack
- Omega-3 RBC equivalence Score
- Shows your risk of having a sudden heart attack
Such powerful information from only 4 drops of blood!
This test is conveniently packaged as a kit so you can perform the finger stick in the privacy and comfort of your own home. Fasting is not required and consumption of omega-3 supplements or fish such as tuna or salmon within 24-48 hours of testing will not impact the results.
Another bonus ... The test results are sent directly to you and can be reviewed with one of our Health Advisors. They will help you fully understand your results, PLUS you will know how to have a meaningful discussion with your own doctor.
The Omega Score® test is the only way to truly know if your dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids is sufficient to achieve optimal cardiovascular health. You can finally be sure!
Wouldn’t it be smart to order yours today?