Essential fatty acid profile
|Test Details for Ordering|
|Test||Essential fatty acid profile|
|Laboratory||Biolab Medical Unit|
|To order this test, please, go to Ordering Tests. |
Please, make sure you have read When not to use this website to ascertain whether having this test is an appropriate and safe course of action for you.
This test measures amounts of the omega 3 and omega 6 series fats in red blood cells (these fats are found in fish oil and evening primrose oil). These are very common deficiencies and I recommend supplementing with EFAs routinely.
The kit for this test includes a lavender top blood tube, packaging materials for transporting the blood sample in the post, a request form and a pre-paid envelope.
To complete the test: have the blood taken; make sure that your name and date of birth are clearly marked on the blood tube. Check that your details are correct on the request form. Using the packaging material provided prepare the sample for posting in the enclosed envelope. Please, make sure that the request form is sent along with the samples.
It is essential that the sample arrives at the laboratory within 24 hours of having been taken, so it's best to arrange an early morning appointment with a nurse to take blood.. Also, the laboratory is closed at the weekend, so please, arrange for your sample to arrive at Biolab between Tuesday and Friday. Do not post your sample on a Friday as it will get spoilt over the weekend..
- Please, note that there is an interpretation fee for my letter to your GP. See Ordering Tests for more details.