The BrainMD Omega-3 Index is an extremely helpful, clinically validated biomarker of the biochemical health of your brain. It measures the total amount of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA+DHA in your blood cells, which in turn directly reflect their levels in the brain. Knowing your Index can help in developing specific recommendations for you to actively improve your brain's omega-3 status. The Index also provides important information about your circulatory health. The test has been validated by over 100 peer-reviewed research studies.
A large chunk of your brain's weight is fatty acids, which are important to your brain's health. Of these, a large proportion is omega-3 fatty acids, which are absolutely critical to brain health. Among their many important contributions is that they are required for your brain cells to maintain their structure and functioning, for healthy immunity in the brain tissue, and for the actions of practically all the brain's neurotransmitters via the trillions of nerve cell connections (synapses). Good omega-3 status helps with the entire spectrum of brain functions, including memory, learning, attention, other cognitive functions, mood, and behavior.
Your body requires substantial amounts of omega-3 DHA and EPA, but is not good at making them from foods, except from certain cold-water fish. Unfortunately most if not all cold-water fish are contaminated with pollutants and/or are very expensive to purchase. Most Americans have omega-3 levels that are much lower than the experts believe are optimal for good brain and circulatory health. Knowing your Omega-3 Index will give you a handle on just where you are on that scale.
The BrainMD Omega-3 Index Score is the only Omega-3 Index test validated by large studies funded by the National Institute of Health and by numerous other clinical research studies. Your score is your personalized reference measure for the accumulated amounts of omega-3 EPA+DHA in your own brain and other tissues. Your personal dietary, genetic, and metabolic situation influences the amounts of EPA & DHA that get into your cells, as the Index accurately represents.
Omega-3 Index scores below 8% are sending you a message that you can improve health and wellbeing beyond where you are now. Scores of 8% and above indicate you are on a good track. Your health may improve even further as you increase your Index by increasing your daily intakes of DHA and EPA.
Your BrainMD Omega-3 Index results will provide you with personalized recommendations, based on your blood test, of how to increase your Score and improve the health of your brain.
Bottom line: The BrainMD Omega-3 Index Score is currently the only accurate way to know if you are consuming enough omega-3s to have the best chance to keep your brain functioning at or close to its best.