A Convenient, Non-Invasive Evaluation of Key Fatty Acids
The Essential & Metabolic Fatty Acids Bloodspot is an at-home fingerstick collection of whole blood to assess the balance of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids and give vital insight into cardiovascular risk.
Which patients might benefit from fatty acid evaluation?
Dietary fat is emerging as one of the most important nutritional modifiers for overall health. There are many health implications which make measuring fatty acids vitally important. Relying on dietary recall may not be accurate since fatty acids can not only be obtained in the diet, but also endogenously created. Imbalances in fatty acids have been implicated in many clinical conditions including:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic inflammatory conditions
- Autoimmune disease
- Cognitive decline
- Neurological disease
- Eczema and psoriasis
- Metabolic syndrome
- Polycystic ovary disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
About the Essential & Metabolic Fatty Acids Bloodspot
This non-invasive whole blood assessment evaluates the balance between omega-3, omega-9, omega-6, saturated, and monounsaturated fatty acids including trans fats. Important ratios are also calculated to give vital insight into cardiovascular risk. A dynamic pathway chart is included to show each step in fatty acid metabolism while outlining the vitamin and mineral cofactors necessary for optimizing the desaturase and elongase enzymes.