Published on October 8, 2019
As we saw in an earlier post, vitamin D levels vary by location among GrassrootsHealth participants. In addition to vitamin D testing, more than 1,800 participants have also measured their Omega-3 Index using the home blood spot test offered by GrassrootsHealth. Today, we’ll look at how Omega-3 Index varies by location.
Among GrassrootsHealth participants worldwide, the average Omega-3 Index is 5.8%. For the three countries with the greatest number of participants who have measured their Omega-3 Index, the average is 5.7% for those in the United States, 6.1% for those in Canada, and 7.3% for those in the United Kingdom. Below is a map showing the average Omega-3 Index by state / province / territory for those residing in the United States or Canada.
Many GrassrootsHealth participants have a higher Omega-3 Index status than the general population. A paper published in 2016 provides a global perspective on Omega-3 Index values around the world, reporting average values less than 4.0% in both the United States and Canada. For GrassrootsHealth participants in the United States or Canada, however, 91% are above this average with Omega-3 Index values of 4.0% or higher.
What is your Omega-3 Index?
Through GrassrootsHealth Nutrient Research Institute, you can measure and track your Omega-3 Index and your level of vitamin D, as well as other nutrients, to help determine if your supplements, diet, and other sources are having the effect you would like on your resulting nutrient status. Testing your Omega-3 Index and taking steps to keep it at or over 8%, and levels of vitamin D at a target level of 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L), are both important for many aspects of health. Find out your levels today! Log on to the shop (click the link below) to get your tests and see for yourself if your level can be improved.
Make sure you track your results before and after, about every 6 months!
How can I track my nutrient intake and levels over time?
To help you track your supplement use and nutrient levels, GrassrootsHealth has created an online tracking system called myData-myAnswers. For each specific supplement, you can track what days you take it, how much, and many other details. This will help you know your true supplemental intake and what patterns of use work for you to reach and maintain optimum nutrient levels. Check it out today!
How Can You Use this Information for YOUR Health?
Having and maintaining healthy vitamin D and other nutrient levels can help improve your health now and for your future. Measuring is the only way to make sure you are getting enough!
STEP 1 Order your at-home blood spot test kit to measure vitamin D and other nutrients of concern to you, such as omega-3s, magnesium, essential and toxic elements (zinc, copper, selenium, lead, cadmium, mercury); include hsCRP as a marker of inflammation or HbA1c for blood sugar health
STEP 2 Answer the online questionnaire as part of the GrassrootsHealth study
STEP 3 Using our educational materials and tools (such as our dose calculators), assess your results to determine if you are in your desired target range or if actions should be taken to get there
STEP 4 After 3-6 months of implementing your changes, re-test to see if you have achieved your target level(s)