Erythrocyte Fatty Acid Analysis is used to assess the levels and balance of essential and non-essential fatty acids required for optimal health and wellness.
Essential fatty acids regulate cell membrane integrity, blood pressure and coagulation, lipid levels, immune response, tumour growth and inhibition, and the inflammatory response to injury and infection.
Fatty acids (FAs) are primarily derived from triglycerides in the food and oils that we consume. Non-essential FAs are also biosynthesized in the body, especially during times when carbohydrate intake exceeds the body's needs for glucose and glycogen repletion. Non-essential FAs are most commonly recognized as an important source of energy, and when caloric intake exceeds expenditure, these FAs are stored in adipose tissue as triglycerides. However, FA metabolism is much more complex and it is well established that appropriate balance among essential and non-essential FAs, as well as avoidance of harmful trans-FAs, is required for optimal health and wellness.
This test measures the primary ω-6 and ω-3 PUFAs, and monounsaturated, saturated and trans FAs that are present as constituents of phospholipids in the membranes of erythrocytes. Each FA is reported as a percentage of the total FAs measured and important FA ratios are presented. Commentary is provided for results exceeding reference intervals.
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Inflammatory Response to Injury and Infection
Tumor Growth and Inhibition