AA:EPA Ratio (Red Cell) Blood EDTA (Test Code 5002)

Omega‐3 fatty acids are essential to the human body and have benefits for our heart, brain, eyes and joints. By reducing inflammation, blood clots and improving membrane function, omega‐3 fats are associated with a lower risk of heart complications – including heart disease, plaque build‐up and heart attacks – both in persons with a history of heart disease and in healthy individuals. Omega‐3 fats are important for optimal brain development in babies and mental function, particularly later in life.  An imbalance in the levels of omega 6 fatty acids in comparison to omega 3 is commonly found in the western population.


Arachidonic Acid (AA), Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA), AA:EPA ratio.

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Because Arachidonic Acid (AA) and Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) are key essential fatty acids modulating inflammation, the AA:EPA ratio has become a measure of inflammation.  A high ratio indicates increased levels of inflammation and has been detected in insulin resistance, coronary artery disease and depression.

Common Conditions:

  • Eye health
  • Cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Joint health
  • Mental health
  • Pre-natal and infant health
  • Allergies, eczema, psoriasis
  • Autoimmune disorders




NutriPATH practices in the usual practitioner-referral system for pathology laboratories. Patients are highly recommended to seek the supervision and guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner for the interpretation of any lab results and associated information. NutriPATH can offer assistance in locating a suitable practitioner.



Arachidonic Acid (AA)
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)
AA:EPA ratio