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Structural Cell Health: The Dried Bloodspot Fatty Acid Metrics
Omega-3 EPA/DHA Index: Cell Membrane Fluidity
Omega-3 fatty acids are the building blocks of the brain, determining the brain's integrity and ability to perform. They are to your brain cells what calcium is to your bones -- or what protein is to your muscles. EPA/DHA are made inefficiently from ALA, so it is now critical to obtain them directly by eating fish or taking fish oil. The most important factor is how much is absorbed by your blood cells. This is a fact that many scientific studies on fish and fish oil miss leading to confusion about the benefits of fish/fish oil.
AA/EPA Ratio: Cell Inflammatory Balance
The fatty acids in your cell membrane are a reflection of the average fatty acids in your diet over the last 90 days. However, Omega-6s (specifically one called "AA") tend to increase pain, inflammation and clotting, whereas Omega-3s such as EPA tend to decrease inflammation and increase blood flow. Balancing these fatty acids is foundational to properly regulating your body's inflammatory response.
Palmitic Acid: Cardio-metabolic Index
Excessive palmitic acid (usually from a diet high in simple carbohydrates) is associated with fatty acid alterations within the cell that can suppress hormones that are critical to proper cell-to-cell signaling. Maintaining optimal palmitic acid levels helps normalize leptin and insulin signaling, which helps regulate your metabolism, increases your energy, and improves neurotransmitter communication.
Functional Cell Health: Cognitive Function Metrics
Working memory is the process whereby your brain is able to temporarily store information in the moment and recall it when you need it. Poor working memory may be associated with nutritional deficits in the cells of the hippocampus –the part of the brain that stores memories. Poor working memory scores may suggest brain cell nutrient deficiencies, inflammation, insufficient neuronal connections, or poor quality sleep.
To efficiently sustain your attention and 'tune out' competing distractions, your brain must produce specific neurotransmitters. However, your brain requires adequate nutrients to create these neurotransmitters. Attentional problems may be associated with deficiencies in the pre-frontal region of the brain, which controls selective attention, impulsivity, and motivation. These impairments may be caused from nutrient deficiencies, stress, or inflammation.
Flexible attention is your capacity to rapidly adapt your thinking based on new information and not get stuck in compulsive behavior. Your brain must be able to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections. Poor flexible attention scores may be due to a decreased production of the neurotransmitters serotonin and GABA.
Processing speed is the pace at which you take in information, make sense of it and begin to respond. It has nothing to do with how smart you are -- just how fast you can take in and use information. Slow processing speed is associated with inefficient connections in the brain's gray matter. These weak connections may be due to nutrient deficiencies in brain cells, limited production of vital neurotransmitters, chronic stress, lack of quality sleep, and toxins in your diet (such as refined sugars and processed foods).
Each kit provides the ability to measure the structural and functional health of cells.
"The secrets of the universe are imprinted on the cells of your body."
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