I just got back my own results from the Gene Smart laboratory reporting my omega-3 index and omega-6:omega-3 ratio.
Omega-3 index: 8.2%
Omega-6:omega-3 index: 3.2 to 1
Not too bad, but not as good as I’d expected. Hmmm.
Although the omega-3 index of 8.2% puts me in the lower risk category for sudden cardiac death, I was hoping for a level of 10% or slightly greater, the level that I believe is more likely to be related to plaque inactivation or reversal. I obtained this level of omega-3 averaging an intake of EPA and DHA of about 2500 mg per day.
I was somewhat disappointed by the omega-6:omega-3 index. Although it’s clearly better than the American average range of 20:1, it is short of the ideal of 2:1 or even 1:1. Since I purposely avoid omega-6-rich sources like corn oil, vegetable oils, sunflower or safflower oils, I wonder if I’ve overdone the nuts. The two ways to improve the omega-6:omega-3 ratio are to 1) decrease omega-6, or 2) increase omega-3. I’m going to do both.
So I thought I was doing pretty well. But there’s clearly room for improvement.
Remember: If just reduction of cardiovascular risk is your interest, then a lackadaisical attitude towards these issues might work. But if your interest is elimination of risk and reversal of atherosclerotic plaque, then it pays to go the extra mile. In this case, knowing your omega-3 index and omega-6:omega-3 ratio might tighten up your program.
Change your life in 60 seconds