Published on December 31, 2019
GrassrootHealth believes that the key to moving research into practice is to equip individuals with the knowledge needed to take charge of their own health. By providing people with information about the health benefits of achieving an Omega-3 Index of at least 8%, and the ability to find out their Omega-3 Index though home blood spot testing, we believe that people can be empowered to improve their health and help prevent disease. Today, we will provide a summary of what changes GrassrootsHealth participants make after they receive the results of their first test.
Changes in Omega-3 Status
Among the 578 GrassrootsHealth participants who completed at least two Omega-3 tests, the chart below shows that 19% of these participants achieved an Omega-3 Index of at least 8% on their first test, whereas 31% achieved an index of 8% on a subsequent test (test 2 to 6) — 61% more! Test results help guide changes for health.
Among those who had an Omega-3 Index less than 8% on their first test, 63% increased their Omega-3 Index on their second test whereas 37% remained the same or decreased.
This data shows that when individuals are provided with the information and tools to take charge of their health, many make changes aimed at improving their health and reducing disease risk. However, since more than two-thirds (69%) did not achieve an Omega-3 Index of 8% or higher on a subsequent test (test 2-6), a higher intake of EPA+DHA (from fish or supplements) is likely needed for many participants. We encourage you to use the Omega-3 Calculator to determine an estimated amount of how much more EPA+DHA you may need.
Find out TODAY if your Omega-3 Index is in the optimal range for health!
Make sure you know your Omega-3 Index (target of at least 8%) and your vitamin D level (target of 40-60 ng/ml or 100-150 nmol/L), and are taking daily steps to keep both within range. Through GrassrootsHealth Nutrient Research Institute, you can also test your essential elements magnesium, copper, zinc and selenium, toxins such as lead, mercury and cadmium, as well as your inflammation levels and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level. Find out your levels today! Log on to the test selection page (click the link below) to get your tests and see for yourself if your levels 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)