As the index below illustrates, high scores on the Omega-3 Index scale are better for your health. 8 percent and above are considered the desired level, whereas 4 percent or lower is associated with health related problems. The map shows that low levels of omega-3s are common in much of the world.
Alarmingly low Omega-3 levels: The map shows the average Omega-3 (EPA+DHA) levels in the blood cells of the population, according to a recently published study (Stark et al., 2016).
“A low Omega-3 Index correlates with a higher risk of cardiac death, while a high O3i is ideal for maintaining a healthy heart,” explains Dr. Bill Harris, an internationally recognized omega-3 expert and co-inventor of the Omega-3 Index Test. “Unfortunately, most people globally have a low or very low Omega-3 Index, which significantly increases their risk of cardiac death.”
To address this global health issue, we at Aker BioMarine established the Omega-3 Index Project (O3i) with several industry partners, associations, and nonprofits to raise awareness of the risks associated with low omega-3 levels.
Measuring omega-3 levels regularly using the Omega-3 Index test will help consumers and patients to identify, correct and maintain healthy levels of these important nutrients and reduce their risk of chronic disease.