This test evaluates the level of red cell membrane fatty acids, imbalances of which significantly affect inflammatory and other disorders. By knowing the various fatty acid levels, one can re-establish a balance using nutritional intervention.
The Essential Fatty Acids Test measures a total of 24 fats and 17 fat ratios. It particularly examines the essential fatty acids, fats that our bodies cannot make and must obtain from food. Essential fats play an important role in regulating inflammation, forming cell membranes, and in the optimal function of the brain, nerves, eyes, skin, connective tissue, blood vessels, and every cell in the body.
This test allows doctors to uncover imbalances associated with heart disease, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, diabetes, ashtma, PMS, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-partum depression. Inflammatory disorders, a direct result of clinical imbalances in fatty acid metabolism, are one of the most common diagnoses observed by clinicians.
Because fatty acids reside in cell membranes, the most accurate assessment is examining levels in the cell membranes of your red blood cells. This test requires an overnight fast (at least 12 hours) followed by collection of a blood sample by your doctor. The sample is then sent to the lab for analysis.