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HS-Omega-3 Index and Omega-3 Index

The Omega-3 Index was invented and defined in 2002 by Prof. W.S. Harris, Sanford University, USA, and Prof. C. von Schacky, Ludwig Maximilians-University München, founder of Omegametrix. Right from the start, Harris and von Schacky saw the potential of the Omega-3 Index for clinical routine diagnostics. Therefore, they invested substantial work to strictly standardize the method, something entirely new in the fatty acid field. Now, the measuring technique conforms to the highest standards of Clinical Chemistry (constancy checks, plausibility checks, proficiency testing, quality management, asf). A patent has been applied for the measuring technique, which now is called “HS-Omega-3 Index” (high sensitivity” or “Harris Schacky”).

Important to be correct The availability of strictly standardized fatty acid analytics attracted numerous renowned scientific groups from all over the world, like Framingham, Harvard, Charité, Helmholtz and countless universities. Currently, more than 90 publications in international journals are based on the HS-Omega-3 Index, as are some 10 concluded, unpublished research projects, and some 50 currently ongoing research projects. This gave rise to a unique data base that keeps growing. Thus, the HS-Omega-3 Index became the most important measuring technique in fatty acid analyses, and is becoming an analytical standard. Results from other methods cannot be compared to the HS-Omega-3 Index, have little, if any, scientific background, and therefore are useless.

Really important for heart and brain The HS-Omega-3 Index is optimal between 8% and 11%. In many persons a substantially lower HS-Omega-3 Index can be found, around 4%. Compared with an HS-Omega-3 Index around 4%, a HS-Omega-3 Index between 8 and 11% means: Increased intake of the marine Omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid increases the HS-Omega-3 Index, and improves or prevents most of the health issues mentioned (more information at the respective topics). Therefore, an optimal HS-Omega-3 Index is really important for optimal function of heart and brain.