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How to check your Omega-3 levels with a home finger-prick blood test kit

What Is An Omega-3 Test For?

An Omega-3 test is also known as an Alpha-linolenic Acid test.

Omega-3s are a group of fatty acids (a.k.a. lipids) essential for life, and part of the composition of vital organs of our body.

They are mostly found in oily fish, in addition to many seeds and oils such as flaxseed, walnut, or vegetable oils.

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How To Test Omega-3?

Health testing for Omega-3 levels in your blood

The Omega-3 (ALA) Test allows you to accurately check your levels of Omega-3 in a fingerprick blood sample.

You can check your Omega-3 levels by buying a home finger-prick blood test kit below. Your sample is then professionally analysed in an accredited laboratory for total reassurance. The Vitall Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids Home Test Kit includes a Omega-3 test and is available for just £99.

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Other Biomarkers Often Tested With Omega-3

Why Take The Omega-3 Test?

The Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids test measures the ratio of these esential nutrients, and allows you to check that the levels your body requires are being provided by your diet.

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Who Should Take The Omega-3 Blood Test?

Assess the ratio of these essential fatty acids using a home finger-prick blood test kit.

You get the convenience of home testing with the reassurance of professional clinical analysis. Your results are delivered quickly & securely online.

This Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids Test is advised if you:

  • want the convenience of home testing without waiting for a GP appointment;
  • need a high quality, clinically accredited test done in a professional clinical laboratory.

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How Much Do Omega 3 And 6 Fatty Acids Tests Cost?

The Vitall omega 3 and 6 fatty acids test is available online for just £99. Your home test kit will be dispatched by free first class post for delivery to your door.

When you checkout to buy your omega 3 and 6 fatty acids test online we also offer additional options, including:

  • Upgrade to next day delivery of your home test kit for an additional £7.99.
  • Visit the Patient Reception in central London for just £25. Your omega 3 and 6 fatty acids test sample can be collected by a qualified nurse for immediate analysis.
  • Have a nurse visit you to collect the sample for your omega 3 and 6 fatty acids test, this is available within the M25 area for just £149.

Whichever option you choose at checkout, buying the best omega 3 and 6 fatty acids test online in the UK with Vitall ensures high quality results from an accredited laboratory.

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How Much Omega-3 Do I Need?

There are three fatty acids in the omega-3 group which have significant activity in humans. The recommended nutritional intake for each of these is as follows:

Daily Intake Of: Men Women
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) 2 grams 1.6 grams
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) 0.5 grams 0.5 grams
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) 0.5 grams 0.5 grams

Additionally, for people considered at cardiovascular risk, intake of DHA and EPA can be increased to one gram per day.

In practical terms, the daily requirement of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is equivalent to two tablespoons of vegetable oil. For eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eating two to three servings of fatty fish per week is sufficient to provide the average daily requirement. 

As well as consuming enough omega-3 fatty acids, ideally four times more omega-6 should be consumed than omega-3. This ratio is important, but the modern diet does not typically achieve this.

Researchers estimate that many people consume twenty times more omega-6 than omega-3, and would benefit from taking steps to reduce this.

Measuring your ratio with an omega-3 and omega-6 home test kit is the first step to addressing any imbalances here.

Which Foods Are High In Omega-3s?

Which Foods Are High In Omega-3s?

As there are different types of omega-3 fatty acids, so there are different sources of omega-3 within your diet. Some foods provide us with omega 3 ALA while others provide us with EPA and DHA.

It is vital to eat both sources of omega-3 fatty acids to ensure optimum levels in your body.


Foods High In ALA

ALA fatty acids are mainly present in plants, especially in the form of vegetable oils such as rapeseed, walnut or flaxseed. Consequently, vegetable margarine, made from these oils, can be very good sources of ALA.

ALA is also found in cabbage, spinach and salad leaves. There are also several animal sources including wild game and horses, although these are typically eaten sparsely in a Western diet.

The equivalent of two tablespoons of vegetable oil per day is required per day to meet the needs of your body. Note that it is healthier to use vegetable oils as a seasoning or dressing, rather than to fry with them.


Foods High In EPA & DHA

These omega-3 fatty acids are largely found in fish and seafood, especially fatty fish. They are also found in dairy products as well as in egg yolk, although this does depend on how the animals have been fed.

To meet our omega-3 EPA and DHA needs, two to three servings per week of fatty fish is required. This includes fish such as mackerel, salmon, anchovies, sardines etc as well as shellfish like crabs, lobster and crayfish.

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