This test measures the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids (specifically EPA & DHA) that are attached to the surface of the red blood cells. Over 40 studies have been published using the Omega-3 Index
Goal – > 8.0%
What to do to improve it – The primary intervention is to improve the Omega-3/Omega-6 ratio. The best way to do this is to increase Omega-3 intake and decrease Omega-6 intake. It is extremely rare that we see patients able to increase their Omega-3 Index to above 8% based on diet alone. It is very easy to do but rare that anyone actually does it. Omega-3 supplementation is the most common, effective, and easy way to get the Omega-3 Index > 8%. The amount of Omega-3’s required will vary from patient to patient but is often between 1 & 2 grams of EPA & DHA.