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February 14, 2024

Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 24

Optimal - The Podcast: Episode 24 - Unlocking the Benefits of Omega-3 with Dr. William S. Harris

Dr. Dicken Weatherby & Beth Ellen DiLuglio, MS, RDN, LDN

Welcome to Episode 24 of Optimal - the Podcast! In this episode, we are joined by Dr. William S. Harris, PhD, FASN, President and Founder of The Fatty Acid Research Institute (FARI) & Founder of OmegaQuant Analytics. Dr. Harris has been a leading researcher in the omega-3 fatty acid field for 40 years. He has published over 300 scientific papers on fatty acids and health, the vast majority focusing on omega-3.

Dr. Weatherby, Beth Ellen, and Dr. Harris discuss various topics related to omega-3 fatty acids. Dr. Harris discusses his work on omega-3 fatty acids and the development of the omega-3 index test. This test measures blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids and is an important risk factor for heart disease. Increasing the intake of EPA and DHA through fish or supplements can raise the omega-3 index and improve cardiovascular health.

Dr. Harris also discusses the low percentage of people worldwide who meet the minimum intake requirement for EPA and DHA. He further talks about potential solutions, such as genetically modifying plants to produce omega-3s or using algal sources. He touches on concerns about GMOs and quality control, testing for omega-3 levels, and recommended dosages.

Unlock the secrets of omega-3 fatty acids in this episode of Optimal - the Podcast! Join Dr. William S. Harris, a renowned expert with 40 years of research, as he digs into the vital role of omega-3s in heart health.

Episode Highlights:

  • (01:01) Introduction for William Harris
  • (02:29) Dr. Harris talks about his introduction to the study of omega-3 fatty acids
  • (06:22) Measuring omega-3 index levels in the blood
  • (09:43) Development of omega-3 research
  • (14:08) Understanding omega-3 pathways and recommendations for practitioners
  • (18:37) Importance of standardizing the method and expression of omega-3 levels
  • (31:41) Incorporating omega-3 assessments into medical practice
  • (38:05) Importance of baseline testing and monitoring progress
  • (38:29) Information on obtaining omega-3 index testing from Omega Quant
  • (44:23) Information on accessing Dr. Harris' research articles

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Dr. William Harris' Research Articles

  1. Omega-6 Fatty Acid Biomarkers and Incident Type 2 Diabetes
  2. Omega-3 Fatty Acid Biomarkers and Incident Type 2 Diabetes
  3. Blood Omega-3 Fatty Acid Levels and Total and Cause Specific Mortality
  4. Omega-3 Fatty Acid Biomarkers and Incident Atrial Fibrillation
  5. Biomarkers of dietary Omega-6 fatty acids and incident cardivascular disease and mortality
  6. Omega-3 Blood Levels and Stroke Risk
  7. Plasma Omega-3 Fatty Acidss and Risk for Incident Dementia
  8. Association Between Blood Omega-3 Fatty Acids and the Risk of Coronavirus
  9. Predicting the Effects of Supplemental EPA and DHA on Omega-3 Index

Where to Reach Dr. Dicken Weatherby

Dicken Weatherby LinkedIn

Optimal DX Resource Center

Optimal DX Blog

The ODX Research Blog

Where to Reach Dr. William Harris

Dr. William Harris Website

OmegaQuant Website

Where to Reach Beth Ellen DiLuglio

Nutrition Mission

Beth Ellen DiLuglio LinkedIn

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