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Why Do Omega-3 Fatty Acids Affect So Many Functions In Our Body?

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Fri, May 06, 2011 @ 03:16 PM

Omega 3 Fatty AcidsThe answer is simple: cell membrane flexibility.  Every cell has a cell membrane.  When this cell membrane is rigid, it does not work well.  When it is flexible, the chemicals that run our bodies - hormones, proteins, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, fats, etc - can move in and out of cells efficiently as needed, thus making the cells healthier, since the materials they need to function well are available.  When the cells work well, the tissues that are made of cells work well.  When tissues work well, the whole system works well and ultimately leads to overall improved health of the entire person.

For example, when there are enough omega-3 fatty acids available through either diet or supplementation, they will be absorbed into cells in the heart, making their cell membranes flexible, but strong.  Consequently, the heart and arteries are stronger and therefore the entire cardiovascular system benefits.  In fact, in the same way that omega-3 fats make cell membranes more flexible, the dangerous trans fats do the exact opposite - they are absorbed into the cell membranes making them stiff and unable to do their job.  Just as stiff joints or stiff arteries are unhealthy, so are inflexible cell membranes.  And since cell membranes are an integral part of every tissue in the body, the level of omega-3 fatty acids a person has can affect just about everything (see below).

Omega 3 Benefits Here

SpectraCell's HS-Omega-3 Index® measures the amount of two very important omega-3 fatty acids - EPA and DHA - in a person's red blood cells.

Topics: SpectraCell, HS-Omega-3 Index, Omega 3 Fatty Acid, Cardiovascular Health, Heart Disease, health, DHA, Omega 3s, EPA, Women's Health

Webinar: Using Advanced Diagnostic Tools for Cardiovascular Health

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 @ 03:53 PM

Cardiovascular WebinarRegister for a seat to February 17's webinar on "Using Advanced Diagnostic Tools for Cardiovascular Health"

Topics Discussed:

- Using advanced lipid testing for better cardiovascular risk assessment
- How the HS-Omega-3 Index® and ApoE Genotyping can better target your treatment strategies
- How to easily implement SpectraCell's LPP™ into your practice
- A busy physician’s guide to rapid report interpretation
- Case study review

 

If this event has passed, please view our WEBINAR LIBRARY for the recorded version of this webinar and many others.

Topics: SpectraCell, lipoprotein particle profile, ApoE Genotyping, HS-Omega-3 Index, LPP, Cholesterol, Omega 3 Fatty Acid, Cardiovascular Health

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Depression

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 @ 03:44 PM

What Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids?

Omega 3 fatty acids are nutrients absolutely necessary for human health. Since our bodies cannot synthesize omega 3 fatty acids, it is essential that we obtain them from our diets, hence they are commonly called essential fatty acids. The most common source of omega 3 fats is coldwater fatty fish such as salmon, but other sources include seafood, nuts, eggs and fish oil supplements.

There are two major omega 3 fatty acids – DHA and EPA – that have gained considerable attention in recent years because they seem to benefit almost every organ system in our bodies.

Mood DisordersDepression and Mental Clarity:

The majority (about 60%) of our brain and nerves are composed of fats, and it is well documented that poor fatty acid status contributes to both the incidence and severity of depression1151.

EPA and DHA are the most predominant omega-3 fatty acids in our brains and consequently, the most biologically relevant when it comes to mental health251. High DHA concentrations, for example, enhance serotonin, a feel-good hormone that gives a sense of well being. Impaired mental focus, disturbed sleep patterns and other common depressive symptoms often respond well to fatty acid supplementation.

The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (n6:n3) is equally important. Studies show that the more severe the depression, the higher the n6:n3 ratio typically is, but also the more effective fatty acid (or fish oil) supplementation can be.

Topics: SpectraCell, HS-Omega-3 Index, DHA, Depression, EPA

Special 2010 Promotion from SpectraCell

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Tue, Oct 12, 2010 @ 01:12 PM

SpectraCell's Preferred Payment Options offer an upfront co-pay with no remaining balance due from the patient. In addition, we are pleased to offer additional promotional options (valid through December 31, 2010). Pricing applies to all Preferred Pay Patients with private insurance coverage.

Preferred Patient Options:

Advanced Nutritional & Telomere Testing - $300*

  • Comprehensive Nutritional Panel - identifies functional cellular deficiencies of 33 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants.
  • Telomere Testing - measures the length of your patient's telomeres revealing their true cellular age. Studies have shown a direct correlation between telomere length and cardiovascular health.

Advanced Nutritional & Cardiovascular Testing - $160*

  • Comprehensive Nutritional Panel - identifies functional cellular deficiencies of 33 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants.
  • Lipoprotein Particle Profile™ Plus - advanced technology which accurately measures both the size/density and number of lipoprotein particles. Measuring the lipoprotein subgroups is the only way to accurately assess cardiovascular risk - according to the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP).

Comprehensive Cardiovascular Risk Assessment - $100

  • Lipoprotein Particle Profile™ Plus - advanced technology which accurately measures both the size/density and number of lipoprotein particles. Measuring the lipoprotein subgroups is the only way to accurately assess cardiovascular risk - according to the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP).
  • ApoE Genotyping - reveals genetic markers critical for determining treatment strategies to decrease patient cardiovascular risk.
  • HS-Omega-3 Index® - measures percentage of EPA and DHA levels. In addition to determining a patient's risk for Sudden Cardiac Death, there are potential benefits of omega-3 oils in a wide range of medical conditions.

*This promotion is not applicable for Cigna or Blue Cross Blue Shield patients insured through TX, IL, NM, OK, SC and TN.

Contact SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. at 800-227-5227 or your representative for more details.

2010 Promotion

Topics: SpectraCell, micronutrient testing, Telomere testing, lipoprotein particle profile, ApoE Genotyping, HS-Omega-3 Index