Fatty Acids Profile - Erythrocytes (RBC)

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Turnaround Time: 14 Days
Test Type: Kit-Based, Blood


Why Test Fatty Acids?

  • Improve patient compliance: Testing guides and supports your recommendations for higher doses of fatty acid supplements

  • Inflammatory balance: Improper fatty acid intake affects the balance of anti- and pro-inflammatory eicosanoids, increasing health risks

  • Increased free radical production: Consumption ofpolyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) without increasing antioxidantintake will cause increased production of free radicals.

Collection Details:

Patient Preparation:

• It is best to ship your specimen within 48 hours of collection. Please refer to the
enclosed shipping instructions before you collect to determine what days you can ship
your specimen.
• It is not necessary to discontinue nutritional supplements prior to this test.
Abnormalities that may be found will reveal special needs that have not been met by
recent dietary and supplemental intake.

Collection Instructions:

1. Write patient’s first and last name, date of birth, gender and date of collection on
the Test Requisition Form (located in the pouch on top of the Specimen Collection
Kit Box), as well as all tube(s) and/or vial(s), using a permanent marker.
• IMPORTANT: To ensure accurate test results you must provide the requested
2. Freeze the ice pack.
3. Lavender top EDTA tube and lavender top clear transfer tube
» Draw the lavender top EDTA tube completely
» Invert the lavender top EDTA tube 10 times to mix the EDTA with the blood
» Centrifuge immediately for 15 minutes. The plasma must be free of hemolysis
or red blood cells.
» Remove the lavender top EDTA tube after centrifuging; DO NOT INVERT THE
» Pipette using a fresh disposable pipette, pipette 2.5 - 3 ml plasma to the
lavender top clear transfer tube.
» Freeze the lavender top clear transfer tube