June 2, 2017

Director's Letter  

As a D*action participant and GrassrootsHealth follower, you probably already have an idea of how your vitamin D level may affect your health... 

How could your Omega-3 Index level affect your health as well?  What difference does it make to ME?  Well, I'm at that age where 'cognitive decline' is said to have a higher risk--can that happen to me?  What about its impact on stress?  What about reducing the pain of arthritis?  As soon as we started exploring the potential of this project, I saw the potential for tremendous benefits.  One of the major delights in investigating the effect(s) is to know that there is indeed something we can measure, to get a quantifiable result.  In this case, the Omega-3 Index.  

There are several major types of omega-3 fatty acids in our diets. One type is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and other major types are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The body partially converts ALA to EPA and DHA.  The Omega-3 Index is a measure of omega-3 fatty acids, EPA+DHA, in the membrane of red blood cells.  Watch this video for a fun description of what the Omega-3 Index measures.

Just as with vitamin D deficiency, omega-3 deficiency can put you at risk for many chronic diseases. Both nutrients are essential to your everyday health, but, t he typical diet for most individuals, up to 80-90% in some countries, does not provide enough EPA and DHA to provide these benefits.  This has left a majority of the population deficient - with most countries and regions around the globe having Omega-3 Index levels that are considered low to very low.
By taking simple dietary steps like increasing your consumption of foods or supplements rich in the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, your Omega-3 Index will rise. However, similar to vitamin D serum level response to supplementation, there is a wide variation in response between omega-3 intake and a resulting Omega-3 Index level; there is no way to tell if you are getting enough omega-3s unless you test your levels. 

The chart below shows the variability in Omega-3 Index response to a daily dose of EPA and DHA over a course of approximately 5 months. Observe, for example, the wide range of response, from about 0% change to about 5% increase, at a daily dose of 600 mg/day.

In the privacy of your home you can now check your vitamin D and Omega-3 Index levels together with our easy-to-use test kit. You simply provide two blood samples, mail them to GrassrootsHealth, and 7-10 days after receipt back at the office with a completed online questionnaire, your levels will be available to you online.  The process requires a new registration and login, with a new questionnaire, payment system, and results dashboard, built to improve the user experience. While your previous vitamin D*action data will be combined with the new data gathered as part of D*action+Omega-3, you will be given a new participant ID to use on your blood spot cards, and, your vitamin D and Omega-3 index payment process, questionnaire, and results will all be available only through this new account.

Join the new GrassrootsHealth nutrient field trial: D*action+Omega-3, and be a force for change in your health and the health care system!

Carole Baggerly 
Director, GrassrootsHealth 
Moving Research into Practice NOW!
  Omega-3 Call to Action

Omega-3 deficiency is a fast-evolving global health concern. It can lead to a higher risk of chronic disease, particularly heart disease, cognitive decline, and other health problems. Over 23,000 published research papers support positive health benefits of high omega-3s, with more than 6000 supporting cardiovascular benefits, over 1000 showing respiratory benefits, and more than 2000 showing a benefit to diabetes conditions. Hundreds of other studies suggest that omega-3s may provide benefit for a wide range of diseases, however, the typical diet for most individuals (up to 80-90% in some countries) does not provide enough EPA and DHA to provide these benefits -  leaving a majority of the population deficient...
    FAQs About D*action+Omega-3

Interested in joining D*action+Omega-3, but want to know more before doing so? Here are some commonly asked questions and answers about the project and the Omega-3 Index test, including:

Q: What is the Omega-3 Index?
Q: What is the cost of the test?
Q: What if I just had a vitamin D test?
Q: How do I collect a dried blood spot sample for testing?
Q: I notice there is a pinkish tinge to my omega-3 blood spot card. Is this normal?

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The D*action+Omega-3 project has launched to provide individualized data on both vitamin D and omega-3s for your health.

Use this test if you want to find out just your vitamin D level.
Have you recently participated in D*action, but want to test your
Omega-3 Index?

Any D*action participant whose vitamin D results were posted in the months of March, April or May could qualify for a special discount on their initial D*action+Omega-3 test kit order. Completion of both tests is still required.

to see if you qualify and to receive your coupon code.

With your participation
 in D*action+Omega-3 (once you purchase your kit and complete your questionnaire), you will receive a coupon for
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Vitamin D in Prevention and Therapy and Biologic Effects of Light

Joint International Symposium 
June 21-23, 2017
Homburg, Germany

This Meeting for scientists and clinicians presents the latest developments concerning the relevance of Vitamin D and light for human health.

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