Fatty Acids Profile - Plasma

Why Test Fatty Acids?

  • Improve patient compliance: Testing guides and supports your recommendations for higher doses of fatty acid supplements
  • Inflammatory balance: Improper fatty acid intake affects the balance of anti- and pro-inflammatory eicosanoids, increasing health risks
  • Statins: Among the top five drugs prescribed last year, statins have been shown to unfavorably alter this inflammatory balance.
  • Increased free radical production: Consumption ofpolyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) without increasing antioxidantintake will cause increased production of free radicals.
  • Immune suppression: Excessive consumption of omega-3 fatty acids can suppress immune function, leading to infections and poor wound healing.

Test name(s)

0040 - Fatty Acids (plus ratios)

Method

GC/MS

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