Let’s face it, no one likes taking omega 3s (fish oil), but what if it was the one thing that could save your life?  According to the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has estimated that about 70% of Americans are deficient in omega-3s.  A deficiency in omega 3 (fish oils) contributes to heart attacks, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, colon cancer.  Low levels are associated with depression and ADD/ADHD as well.

Quality is important!

Not all omega 3s are created equal.  It is important to get your omega 3s from a reputable company or through your physician.  Many people complain about getting a bad after taste or excessive burping after taking fish oil.  This is often due to a poor quality or improper storage of the supplement.  In rare cases a person is not able to digest/absorb even good quality supplements.  In this case we work on digestive health first to restore optimal absorption.  Good quality fish oil goes through purity and contaminant testing to ensure it is safe and well absorbed.

How to test:

There is a simple blood test that can be run called the Omega Check.  It measures the levels of omega 3 fats in the bloodstream and is often covered by insurance.  This test is done fasting and often combined with cholesterol and blood sugar markers to determine overall risk for heart disease.

Optimal Levels:

The optimal level of omega-3s (EPA and DHA combined) is between 7-9%.  This level is associated with the lowest risk of developing heart disease   Below 5% indicates an elevated risk of developing heart disease.

Case Study:

37 y/o female in good health. Eats fish 2-3 times per week.  No lifestyle risk factors and good cholesterol levels.  She added in 2,000mg of good quality omega 3s daily and results showed optimal levels.  It’s that easy!!!

 

How to get tested?

Call our office to get scheduled for a consultation.  480-361-5188