Essential and Metabolic Fatty Acids Analysis is useful for patient concerns including:
What is the Essential & Metabolic Fatty Acid Analysis (EMFA)?
Fatty acids are the core building blocks of cellular membranes making them critical for cell membrane structure and function as well as local signaling. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) cannot be synthesized by the human body and must be obtained in the diet or through supplementation. EFAs are transformed into local hormonal mediators called eicosanoids, a process vital in the ability of the body's immune system to repair and protect itself and to regulate inflammation. The Essential and Metabolic Fatty Acids Analysis evaluates the levels of essential and non-essential red blood cell membrane fatty acids, imbalances of which significantly impact cellular functions, intracellular communication, and neurological/brain development.
When Should an EMFA be Considered?
Evaluating Essential and Metabolic Fatty Acids can be helpful for patients with inflammatory disorders, cardiovascular issues, hormonal disorders, autoimmune disorders, arthridities, senile neurological degeneration, mental and behavioral disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), insulin resistance and obesity, and hair and skin related conditions.
What Advantage Does the EMFA Offer Compared to Other Diagnostics?
The conventional approach to fatty acid-related symptoms or conditions does not routinely include utilization of comprehensive fatty acid evaluation. When testing is performed, a few select polyunsaturated fatty acids (Omega 3 and 6) are typically evaluated to determine candidates for supplementation therapy. In contrast, the comprehensive EMFA profile includes:
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids
- Omega 9 Fatty Acids
- Saturated Fatty Acids
- Monounsaturated Fats
- Delta-6 Desaturase Activity
- Cardiovascular Risk Ratios
- Omega 6/Omega 3 Ratio
- AA/EPA Ratio
- Omega 3 Index
The unique EMFA report provides:
- Colorimetric reporting of results &ndash allows clinicians to quickly determine potential areas of concern
- Essential Fatty Acid Metabolism Infographic &ndash provides listings of cofactor nutrients required by key enzymes involved in EFA elongation and desaturation
What Can Clinicians and Patients Expect from EMFA Testing?
Essential and Metabolic Fatty Acids testing can indicate the need for fatty acid supplementation and dietary modification. Clinically significant fatty acid imbalances are precisely identified on a clear, easy-to interpret test report that serves as the foundation for designing an effective, customized dietary and supplementation program to support fatty acid sufficiency and balance.