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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
My Omega 3 Test Results

Last year, I introduced my team to the Omega 3 blood test.

We have 12 employees for the Annmarie Gianni Skin Care company and about 5 for Renegade Health. 

Many of them tried the Omega 3 blood test. 

And the results were surprising!

Many of our team members found out that they were deficient in omega 3s, and needed to increase their levels. Here from one of our team members:

My test results showed I was right in the middle — not deficient, but not optimal either. 

Fred’s test turned out great  — definitely in the optimal range. 

Following this important test, we’ve all made changes to our diets. 

I have started taking more Omega 3s, and so did our team members
who were deficient.

Fred is is testing again this year to see if his levels have changed and if he needs to do anything different.

Why Are Some People Deficient and Not Others? 
Anywhere from 60 to 90% of the population (not just in the US) is deficient in Omega 3 essential fats. 
And it’s not just your average burger-and-fries eater who’s at risk. 

We all have very healthy diets. 

Individual differences in metabolism, absorption, and genetics make it impossible to predict, based on your diet, how your omega 3 levels will be. 

So it’s not to say that Fred’s way of eating makes him less prone to omega 3s, versus myself or other people in our team, who tested low. 

Some people are just able to convert plant fats into the DHA that the brain needs, while others need to get extra from supplements or animal foods. 

The only way to know for sure is to test. 

Can you just change your diet?
Upon hearing about the benefits of omega 3 fats, many people think that they should rush to the pharmacy and buy a supply of fish oil. 
But not everyone absorbs omega 3 equally. We’ll talk more about ways to optimize your omega 3 levels later this week. But let me end with a metaphor I found very useful.
Spring and Winter Fats
The researcher Susan Allport wrote an interesting book called “The Queen of Fats,” which discusses the important issue of omega 3 fats. 
She calls the omega 3 fats the “spring fats” because they are found in green leaves or seaweed. Animals like fish eat those plants and therefore their tissues contain omega 3 fats. 
The omega 6 fats she calls the “fall fats” because they are found in the seeds of plants. They prepare animals for the winter by fattening them up.
The problem is that omega 6 fats promote inflammation and disease, when taken in excess. This can also cause an imbalance which creates omega 3 deficiencies. 
Omega 6 fats, found in seeds (corn, soybean, nuts and oils) are “storage fats” — the belly fat of every overweight Westerner (and now most civilized people).
So part of our awareness about omega 3 fats also includes reducing our omega 6 intake.
We shifted our diet from one based on green leaves to one based on seeds. And we became fatter and sicker as a result. 
There are certain exceptions though. Certain seeds, like hemp or sacha inchi or flax, are rich in omega 3 fats. But most oils commonly used are too rich in omega 6s. 
Later this week, we’ll review the foods to eat and avoid to balance your omega 3 to 6 ratio.
Live awesome!

PS: We’re about to make the best Omega 3 test we’ve found available to our readers at a very reasonable cost. Stay tuned for more information! 

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