Don’t guess, know your omega 3 fatty acid levels. There is a test available to help you know if you’re making the right dietary decisions. High levels of omega 3’s are anti-inflammatory and promote cardiovascular health by decreasing risk for stroke and heart attack. Meanwhile most Americans eat far too many omega 6 fatty acids which are pro-inflammatory and linked to multiple degenerative diseases. Eating things like avocado, almonds, pecans, salmon, and olive oil are a great way to increase your omega 3 fatty acid levels. Do you know if you’re eating enough omega 3’s? With a simple at home test you can test your omega 3 levels for around $50 dollars. For more information follow this link:
Your test results will let you know if you’re eating sufficient amounts of omega 3’s. At home testing is great because you can understand how your diet directly impacts your lab values. Because this test looks at your omega 3 levels in your red blood cells you can retest in 4 months to see how dietary changes have effected your lab value. Some people are already on medications or have a history of heart disease and I always advise them to see a nutrition expert before making significant dietary changes. Otherwise consultation with a nutritionist is optional. For example you may have a hard time changing your values or some people just like more direction about ways to eat healthier. Either way at home omega 3 fatty acid testing is great because I find that educating and empowering patients helps them make healthier decisions.