Fatty Acids

The Kronos Science Fatty Acid Panel is designed to provide physicians and their patients with a comprehensive analysis of fatty acid levels. The results are presented both as quantitiative values and as a percentage of the total for 27 individual fatty acids. Also included in the results are totals for the major groups of fatty acids as well as important ratios, including omega-6 to omega-3.

A major dietary component and important energy source for the body is fat (lipids). The main categories of dietary fats are saturated fatty acids (mostly from dairy products and meat); monounsaturated fatty acids (mostly from olive and canola oils); polyunsaturated fatty acids (mostly from vegetables and fish); and trans-fatty acids (found in foods that contain partially hydrogenated oils and margarine). The polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are subdivided into two main categories: w-6 (omega 6) PUFAs found in most oils from grains and vegetables); and w-3 (omega 3) PUFAs (mostly in fish, walnuts, and canola and flax seed oil). Certain fats provide building materials for essential substances produced in the body (e.g.: cortisol, estrogens, and testosterone) while other fats are unhealthy. The right balance of fats in the diet can help prevent many life-threatening and disabling diseases. Monitoring the lipid profile of patients provides insight into a patient’s diet and serves as a method of monitoring dietary compliance. Fatty acids play an important role in inflammatory response, free radical production and immune function