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Fatty Acid Profile $299

The Fatty Acid Profile measures major fatty acids found in red blood cells.

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The Fatty Acid Profile measures the percentage of fatty acids in red blood cells from a convenient dried blood spot. Measurements include the Omega-3 Index and Omega-3 score to assess for heart disease risk,  the ratio of Arachidonic Acid (AA) to Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) as a marker of inflammation, total Omega-3 fatty acids, total Omega-6 fatty acids along with mono-unsaturated fatty acids, trans fatty acids and saturated fats.  Measurement of fatty acid content in red blood cell membranes shows less biological variability than measurement in plasma or serum.

Good Fats

The essential fatty acid family includes omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are considered essential because they only come from food. Most of us get plenty of omega-6 fatty acids from grains and grain fed animals, but our diets often lack omega-3 fatty acids. A few of the more important omega-3 fatty acids are: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosohexaenoic acid (DHA) and alpha linolenic acid (ALA). The right balance of omega-3 fatty acids has been proven to reduce the risk of heart attack, and having the right balance of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids may help reduce inflammation.

Bad Fats

Trans fatty acids (TFAs or trans fats) are a chemically altered form of good fatty acids.  Food manufacturers began altering fatty acids to increase stability to improve shelf life. Saturated fats occur naturally, usually in animal meat, and are solid or semi-solid at room temperature. Unfortunately, we now know that both trans fats and saturated fats raise the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and thus increase risk for heart disease.

Why Get a Fatty Acid Profile Test?

Preventing a heart attack starts with knowing which risk factors you have and correcting what you can.   The Fatty Acid Profile helps by measuring your fatty acid levels and letting you know how your numbers stack up compared to a normal population.   And, if you start supplementing with fish oils and avoiding those trans and saturated fats, you can always retest and see how well you’re doing.

Testing is EASY

  • Testing Kits available at our Naturopathic clinic
  • Blood Draw offered by our Naturopath in-charge

 

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Rocky Mountain Analytical

Who is Rocky Mountain Analytical? Dr. George Gillson started Rocky Mountain Analytical in 2002 with an eye to delivering top quality diagnostic testing.   Dr. Gillson is a licensed physician and holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry. We perform urine and hair element analysis, Food Sensitivity testing and saliva hormone testing in our accredited Calgary laboratory, and have  partnered with some excellent laboratories to offer additional test items such as: urinary thyroid analysis and conventional laboratory testing. Our commitment to quality is evident from our assay technique and our comprehensive application of patient specific information. The symptom and hormone information provided by patients allows us to make interpretations that link hormone levels to the clinical history. Through our commitment to innovation, quality, and outstanding service, we are continually advancing the science of wellness.
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