Omega 3 Testing now at Fitwise!

Omega 3 Testing now at Fitwise!

Omega 3 Testing now at Fitwise!

Have you heard the exciting news? Omega 3 testing is here. Read below to learn all about this new technology and how it can help you assess your nutritional status.

What is it?

We have introduced the OmegaQuant Omega 3 Index test at Fitwise. This test gives us a snapshot of your dietary intake of omega-3s to better assess your dietary status. The test accurately measures your individual omega 3 content (EPA +DHA) in the blood. The test cost $50.

A word on Omega 3s

Omega-3s are one of two types of polyunsaturated fatty acids (the other being omega-6s). There are two main types of omega-3 fats: Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and Long-chain n-3 (Omega-3) fatty acids (or EPA and DHA)

EPA and DHA are primarily found in marine sources, so think salmon, trout, sardines, mackerel, cod liver oil, anchovies, herring & oysters. ALA is found primarily in plants, so vegetarian’s and vegan’s need to be including these daily. Sources include flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, chia seeds, walnuts, soybeans, legumes, pumpkin seeds & tofu & other soy products.

How does it work?

Our Fitwise Dietitian, Emma is qualified to perform this test during your appointment. Similar to checking blood sugar levels, this is also a finger-prick test. Results take 1-2 weeks and provide an overall percent to determine your Omega 3 content. The aim is for a >8%, which has been shown to be beneficial across a range of health conditions, particularly cardiovascular disease risk.  

Should I have the test?

The Omega 3 test can help a variety of people. Whether you are pregnant, trying to conceive, are at risk of cardiovascular disease or have been diagnosed with depression, there are many reasons to have the test:

Pregnancy:
Research has shown that:

  • DHA is crucial in pregnancy for baby’s brain, nervous system and eye development
  • Women with low omega-3 intake during their pregnancy were at increased risk of early or pre-term delivery
  • Omega-3 fatty acid levels have been associated with a higher birth weight, and higher omega-6 fatty acids later in pregnancy were higher in low birth weight babies

Fertility:
Research has shown that:

  • Diets rich in omega-3s improves egg quality
  • Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids over a lifetime can prolong female’s reproductive function into advanced maternal age, compared to a diet rich in omega-6 fatty acids
  • Couples who eat fish about twice a week have a higher chance of falling pregnant than those who ate fish less frequently

Cardiovascular Health:

  • Omega 3 levels are a reliable indicator of cardiovascular health
  • Our body utilises fatty acids to help combat inflammation, to reduce clotting and omega 3s have also shown to protective against cardiac arrhythmia.

Mental Health Conditions:

  • Low omega 3 levels have been linked with depression

Hopefully you can now start to appreciate the benefits of knowing your Omega3 score. Once your results are back, Emma will guide you through dietary changes to help you meet the recommendations. To enquire further or book in with Emma, contact our rooms today.

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Emma Caldwell
Accredited Practicing Dietitian
Fitwise Physiotherapy

Consulting at our Armadale and East Melbourne rooms

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