Vital Omega-3/6 HUFA Test™

Vital Omega-3/6 HUFA Test™

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Nothing matters more to your health than what you eat ... and good food choices begin with essential information.
Knowing your omega-3 and omega-6 HUFA balance score — and your omega-3 index — is the first step towards adjusting your diet to optimize your overall health.

Please note: This test is not available to residents of New York State — see details below.

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  • 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:

Omega-3 HUFA
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid - 22:6w3) • EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid - 20:5w3) • DPA* (docosapentaenoic acid - 22:5w3) • eicosatrienoic acid (20:3w3) • eicsoatetraenoic acid (20:4w3)

Omega-6 HUFA
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.

*Please Note:

  • 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.

Average Ratings: 5

"Amazing" Ryan on 02/19/2019 05:46 Review: The results came so quickly, this was incredibly easy to use. The information was very detailed, I learned a lot

"Valuable information" Ronald on 07/01/2016 14:45 Review: I really liked the video that includes nutrition information I've never heard from my doctor. Thanks also for your test that helps me understand my omega-3 and omega-6 levels.

"Easy to us" Ro R on 05/11/2016 04:43 Review: Only sent the test in yesterday so can't speak about the information it will provide but instructions in the kit are easy to follow. I look forward to receiving the results.

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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Allow the sample to dry for 30 minutes and mail within 24 hours or as soon as possible.

To ensure accurate results, The Vital Omega-3 and 6 HUFA Test™ must be taken by the date marked on the kit, which is three years from the date of production.

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