Have you always wondered why everyone is recommending fish oils and other forms of omega-3 essential fatty acids? Well, there’s a new test that you perform at home and send out to my lab that can test your omega-3′s and give you an omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. This information is incredibly important and is called the Omega-3 Index and you can come into Optimum Function; my Portland, Oregon chiropractic, nutrition, hypnosis and functional medicine clinic to grab your test kit and find out what you Omega-3 Index is.
Have You Checked Your Omega-3 Index?
The Omega-3 Index is the new measure of heart health. It may be the most important number you’ll know.
The Omega-3 Index is a stronger predictor of heart disease risk than cholesterol. Individuals with a high Index have a decrease in the relative risk for sudden cardiac death by as much as 90%!
Are you getting the right types and amounts of omegas in your diet? How much do omega-3 you need? What about omega-6?
Now you can check your omega scores with this convenient at-home omega 3 blood test kit which includes two important measures of omega-3s in your blood, your Omega-3 Index and your Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratio, an important factor associated with chronic, whole body inflammation
Knowing your omega levels can help you proactively make changes to your diet to reduce your risk of heart disease and other conditions associated with chronic inflammation.
Taking the omega 3 blood test is easy. Simply follow the instructions in this convenient at home test kit to collect a drop of blood and return your blood sample in the enclosed return envelope. Within about two weeks, you will receive your lab results by mail along with a customized report, explanation of results and resources to help you make and sustain changes to your diet that will positively impact your omega scores.
The cost of the test is $129.95 and this includes my evaluation and diet and/or supplement recommendations if any are needed.
Contact me at info@OptFunction.com or use the contact form to the left of this post for more information or to schedule a time to come pick up your test kit!Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
A Japanese study comparing native Japanese men, American men living in the United States, and Japanese born men living in the United States has found that men with the highest consumption of omega-3 fatty acids has a decreased risk of developing atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. The native Japanese diet had far superior (two-fold higher) levels of omega-3 fatty acids when compared to the American diet or a modified Japanese diet. The article goes on to state that pollution concerns with regards to many forms of fresh fish make the recommendation for omega-3 fatty acid supplementation prudent and effective to promote cardiovascular health.
To learn more about omega-3 fatty acid supplementation and to find out how to tell if you need it, contact me at info@OptFunction.com or call 503-866-9739; in addition, you can go to my website, www.OptFunction.com for more info on my functional medicine and nutritional programs.Yours in Health, Dr. Tim Irving DC, LMT, Nutritionist Optimum Function 819 SE Morrison St. Suite 230 Portland, Oregon, 97214 www.OptFunction.com www.YourOptimumNutrition.com www.FunctionalDetox.com
Sekikawa A, Curb JD, Ueshima H, et al. “Marine-Derived n-3 Fatty Acids and Atheroscierosis in Japanese, Japanese-American, and White Men – A Cross-Sectional Study. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Volume 52, pp417-424. Aug 2008Yours in Health,Tim Irving DC, MS, LMTOptimum Function: 819 SE Morrison St. ste. 215, Portland, OR, 97215Optimum Function = Optimum Health
Another study touting the benefits of proper vitamin D levels suggests a link between low levels of vitamin D and cardiac risk has been published. This study shows that vitamin-D deficiency is associated with both cardiovascular mortality and all-cause mortality.
The study was published in the June 23, 2008 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine and conducted by a group led by Dr Harald Dobnig (Medical University of Graz, Austria).
The researchers note that an estimated 50% to 60% of people do not have satisfactory vitamin-D levels, and this is probably related to factors such as urbanization, demographic shifts, decreased outdoor activity, air pollution and global dimming, and decreases in the cutaneous production of vitamin D with age.
The minimum optimal serum level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D that I want to see in patients is 50 ng/mL, and levels lower than this are may bey related to compromised bone-mineral density, falls, and fractures and more recently levels lower than this have been linked to cancer and immune dysfunction, as well as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and metabolic syndrome.
The researchers point out that recent studies have shown an association of low 25-hydroxyvitamin-D levels with important cardiovascular risk factors, supporting previous findings that demonstrated positive effects of vitamin D and its analogs on cardiovascular system health. “Together, these findings strongly suggest that 25-hydroxyvitamin D has beneficial effects, some involving the cardiovascular system, that are independent of calcium metabolism,” they comment.
To find out more about your vitamin D levels, please contact me at info@OptFunction.com or call 503-866-9739; vitamin D levels can be easily tested by a simple blood chemistry test for $45.Yours in Health, Dr. Tim Irving Optimum Function 819 SE Morrison St. Suite 230 Portland, Oregon, USA, 97214 www.OptFunction.com www.YourOptimumNutrition.com
- Dobnig H, Pilz S, Scharnagl H, et al. Independent association of low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D levels with all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. Arch Intern Med 2008; 168:1340-1349.