Get a unique insight into your body’s Omega 6:3 balance and see individualized “Before” and “After” BalanceTest results. This easy to complete dry blood test, provided by the independent laboratory VITAS, can be carried out quickly at home and help you to start your health protocol.
- Easy, dry blood spot self-test that can be performed at home. All it requires are a few drops of blood from the fingertip
- Measures 11 fatty acids in your blood
- Informs about your Omega-6:3 Balance, Omega-3 fatty acids EPA + DHA, and Omega-6 (AA) formation efficiency
- Informs about your cell membrane fluidity index and mental strength – dietary index
- Takes less than a minute to complete
- Anonymously analyzed by VITAS Analytical Services in 10-20 days
OMEGA-6 (AA) TO OMEGA-3 (EPA) BALANCE
Omega-6:3 Balance is measured as the ratio between the Omega-6 arachidonic acid (AA) and Omega-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). A surplus of Omega-6 fatty acids reveals the diet is unbalanced. The ratio of Omega-6:3 in the body should preferably be below 3:1, and if the ratio is above 3:1 a change in your diet is beneficial. A low Omega-6:3 Balance is important for maintaining normal cell and tissue development.
OMEGA-3 LEVEL (EPA+DHA)
The Omega-3 level is the combined percentage value of the Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA out of the total value of fatty acids found in the blood. Omega-3 has many benefits because they are the primary building blocks in your cells. EPA is dominant in blood, muscles and tissue, while DHA is dominant in brain, sperm and eyes. In the test report, the ideal range is 8% or more. European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) claims that EPA and DHA are contributing to the maintenance of normal heart function. DHA also contributes to the maintenance of normal vision and maintenance of normal brain function.
CELL MEMBRANE FLUIDITY INDEX
The ratio between saturated fatty acids and the marine Omega-3 essential fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is indicative of cell membrane fluidity. The more saturated the fats are in a membrane, the more rigid is the membrane. Conversely, the more polyunsaturated the fats are in a membrane, the more fluid is the membrane. Cell membrane composition and structural architecture is critical for the health of the cells and hence the body. On one hand, the membrane needs to be rigid enough to provide sound cellular structural architecture. On the other hand, the membrane needs to be fluid enough to allow nutrients in and waste products out. This index should be below 4:1.
MENTAL STRENGTH – DIETARY INDEX
This is the balance between Omega-6 (AA) and Omega-3 (EPA+DHA). A sufficient supply of marine Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA, in the diet contributes to the maintenance of a normal brain function. Daily administration of 3 g of marine omega-3’s EPA and DHA for 3 months significantly decreased feelings of anger and anxiety among users compared with the placebo group in a study. Several other clinical studies show that cognitive performance improves with increased anti-inflammatory consumption of marine omega-3 EPA and DHA. Childhood and old age are two critical and vulnerable stages and Omega-3 deficiency is associated with learning and memory deficits as well as mood. This Index should be below 1:1
OMEGA-6 ARACHIDONIC ACID (AA) FORMATION EFFICIENCY
This shows the efficiency by which your body converts Omega-6 (AA) fatty acids, from food in your diet into the essential fatty acids Omega-6 (AA) in your body. If you have less than 30% efficiency, you are recommended to include food in your diet that is high in AA, like chicken, turkey, pig and farmed salmon.
How to Take the Balance Test
- Zinzino Test is an approved in vitro diagnostics product for personal blood sample collection at home.
- First wash your hands with soap and rinse well with warm water and dry them.
Take out the sample card from the paper envelope.
Save the envelope for later use.
Tear off the SAVE part on the sample card and take a picture of the Test Id. You can ONLY see YOUR test result with your PERSONAL Test Id. Place the card with the two circles facing up on the table.
- Use alcohol wipe to clean the tip of your finger (middle finger is recommended).
Stimulate blood flow by making big circles with your arm or shaking the hand downwards for 20 seconds. Take out the single-use lancet. Turn the thin plastic stopper 1/4 of the circle anticlockwise. Remove the transparent safety cap and the lancet is ready to use.
- Place the lancet against the lower part of the fingertip facing the collection paper on the table. Push the top of the lancet towards the finger until you hear a click. The lancet will automatically make a small prick in the finger.
- Don’t touch the filter paper circles with your hands. Squeze the finger gently one time and add several, minimum 3, free dripping blood drops to each circle marked on the sample card. The blood should completely fill the inner part of the circles.
Important: Avoid many aggressive squeezing of the finger to force the blood to drip.
- Leave the sample card in a horizontal position in room temperature for at least 10 minutes for the samples to dry well.
- Insert the sample card back into the paper envelope. Then place the paper envelope into the metal bag and close it.
Important: Do not remove drying bag inside the metal bag.
- Place the closed metal bag into the big envelope with the laboratory address on it: NOTE! You MUST put the correct amount of postage stamps on the envelope before you put in the mail box.
- Go to internet and register your test code on www.zinzinotest.com. This is the web page where you can see your test results later. It takes 10-20 days until your result is ready.
Important: Keep the SAVE part of the card. You can ONLY see YOUR test result on the internet with your PERSONAL Test ID.