Category Archives: Omega-3 index

Omega-3 fatty acids likely NOT associated with prostate cancer

A weakly constructed study was reported recently that purportedly associated higher levels of omega-3 fatty acid blood levels and prostate cancer. See this CBS News report, for instance. Lipid and omega-3 fat expert, Dr. William Harris, posted this concise critique … Continue reading

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What tests are MORE important than cholesterol?

In the conventional practice of early heart disease prevention, cholesterol testing takes center stage. Rarely does it go any further, aside from questions about family history and obvious sources of modifiable risk such as smoking and sedentary lifestyle. So standard … Continue reading

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Omega-3 Index: 10% or greater?

We’ve previously considered the question: What is an ideal level of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood? Recall that omega-3 levels in red blood cells (RBCs), a measure called the “omega-3 index,” have been associated with risk for sudden cardiac … Continue reading

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Fish oil makes you happy: Psychological distress and omega-3 index

For another perspective on omega-3 blood levels, here’s an interesting study in northern Quebec Inuits. Traditionally, Inuits consumed large quantities of omega-3-rich seal, fish, caribou, and whale, even eating the fat. However, like the rest of the world, modern Inuits … Continue reading

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My experience with the omega-3 index

I just got back my own results from the Gene Smart laboratory reporting my omega-3 index and omega-6:omega-3 ratio. My results: 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. … Continue reading

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The Omega-3 Index: The higher, the better?

So you take a few fish oil capsules every day and eat fish once or twice a week. What is the blood and tissue level of omega-3 fatty acids generated by your habits? A number of variables enter into the … Continue reading

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