Omega-6:3 ratio blood test in Bristol

Get an Omega-6:3 ratio blood test delivered straight to your door in Bristol. Track what’s going on inside your body and improve your health.

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What is an omega-6:3 ratio?

An omega-6:omega-3 ratio measures the ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in your red blood cells. It's sometimes called an AA:EPA ratio.


What is its function?

While omega-3 fats reduce inflammation in your body, omega-6 fats promote it. Inflammation is an essential part of your immune response. But long-term, low-grade (chronic) inflammation can put you at risk of things like heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and diabetes. So it’s important to have the right balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fats.

Ideally, this ratio should be 2:1.


What can cause it to change?

Your omega-6:3 ratio is largely affected by your your diet. If your diet is high in omega-6 fats, relative to your omega-3 intake, your ratio is likely to be high.

Most Western diets are too high in omega-6, so the ratio is around 10:1.


What are the most common symptoms?

If you don't get enough essential fatty acids it can cause rough skin and dermatitis.


What can I do to change my levels?

Your can lower your omega-6:3 ratio by decreasing your omega-6 intake and increasing your omega-3 intake.

Decrease your intake of omega-6 fats

To decrease your omega-6 levels, avoid eating a lot of processed vegetable oils — these include vegetable oil, corn oil, safflower oil, soybean oil, and cottonseed oil. You should also avoid processed foods that contain these.

Increase your intake of omega-3 fats

To increase your omega-3 levels, eat more foods rich in omega-3 fats. Oily fish, like salmon, trout, mackerel, tuna and sardines, is one of the best sources — aim to eat two portions a week. Although not as rich a source, grass-fed meat and omega-3 enriched eggs can also help to increase your levels.

There are some plant sources of omega-3, like flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts and hemp seeds. But your body finds it harder to use this type of omega-3 (ALA). If you’re vegan, vegetarian or don’t eat a lot of fish you might need to think about taking a supplement. Don't take more than 3 grams of omega-3s per day because of a possible increased risk of bleeding. You should speak with a health professional before starting a supplement.

If you're taking blood thinning drugs, like Warfarin or Aspirin, or any medications for diabetes, only take supplements under the supervision of your doctor.

What is Thriva?

We’re a subscription-based health tracking company. With our blood testing kits you can take control of your health and see exactly what’s happening inside your body. Learn what lifestyle really works for you and improve everything from your sleep and energy levels to your heart health.

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Order online and choose how often you’d like a test. We’ll post your kit and it’ll be in your hands the very next day.

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Your kit contains everything you need for your simple finger-prick blood test. When you’re done, use the freepost envelope to send it back.

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Your full results, along with a personalised report from a qualified GP, will be available to access online.

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