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C674 : AA/EPA (Essential Fatty Acids)(Biostem)

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Test Code
C674
Test Name
AA/EPA (Essential Fatty Acids)(Biostem)
Department
Biochemistry
Sample Type/Volume
a) blood sample collected in an EDTA (purple) vacutainer tube or b) blood spot sample. A blood spot is collected by using a lancet to pierce the skin on the end of a finger. Spots of blood are allowed to drop onto an absorbent test card (filling three spots) and allowed to dry.
Storage Condition
2-8 °C
Collection Remark
• Do not eat any food 12 hours prior to the blood draw (i.e. you should be fasting). You may consume water. Take morning medications after the blood draw if possible • Your healthcare provider will tell you whether or not to discontinue any drugs or activities that may interfere with the test.
Principle
N/A
Method
N/A
Reference Range
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Clinical
Essential fatty Acids is a comprehensive assessment of total saturated and monounsaturated fats, omega 3 index, saturated and monosaturated fats, 4 omega-3 fatty acids, 7 omega-6 fatty acids, 4 monounsaturated fatty acids, 6 saturated fatty acids, 3 groups of trans fatty acids, 5 composites (group sums), and 2 ratios, the omega-6:omega-3 and AA:EPA.
We’ve become conditioned to think of fat as ‘bad’. Omega-3 fats (technically fatty acids), however, are essential to the human body and have benefits for our heart, brain, eyes and joints. By reducing inflammation, blood clots and improving membrane function, omega-3 fats are associated with a lower risk of heart complications – including heart disease, plaque build-up and heart attacks – both in persons with a history of heart disease and in healthy individuals.
Omega-3 fats also seem to be important for optimal brain development in babies, and mental function, particularly later in life. For pregnant women, an intake of omega-3 fats supports normal visual development in the foetus. In short, the addition of omega-3 fats to the diet is important to maintaining both our physical and mental health.
 
Turnaround Time
23 days
Operation Schedule
N/A