Prof Lyle Palmer and Professor Gary Wittert are part of an international team (Australia, Singapore, Europe, and Canada) who will, for the first time, establish relevant blood fatty acid reference ranges.
While considerable research is dedicated to understanding the relationship between fatty acids and health, the interpretability of human studies remains poor due to the lack of clinical reference values.
Getting tested for lipids such as cholesterol and triglycerides is common for preventative health but no such tests are available for individual fatty acids, such as omega-3 fatty acids. Establishing reference ranges for individual fatty acids would make it possible to establish healthy targets and limits associated with deficiency or increased chronic disease risk.
The study is being led by Professor David Ma (University of Guelph, Ontario) and is being funded by the Canadian Institute of Health.