What we measure
The test measures 11 fatty acids, including saturated, monounsaturated (Omega-9) and polyunsaturated (Omega-6 and Omega-3) fatty acids. Individual fatty acid values are shown in the table and expressed as percentages of the total fatty acids measured. For comparison in the table, the average range for each fatty acid (based on data obtained from a large group of balanced people) is presented as Target Value. The following fatty acids are measured:
Palmitic acid, C16:0, saturated fatStearic acid, C18:0, saturated fatOleic acid, C18:1, Omega-9Linoleic acid, C18:2, Omega-6Alpha-linolenic acid, C18:3, Omega-3Gamma-linolenic acid, C18:3, Omega-6Dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid, C20:3, Omega-6Arachidonic acid (AA), C20:4, Omega-6Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), C20:5, Omega-3Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), C22:5, Omega-3Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), C22:6, Omega-3
Certified test kit
The Zinzino Dried Blood Spot Test is certified to comply with the European regulation 98/79/EB on in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical devices. This means the test and all its components are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and so the Kit has the CE mark on it.
preparing the test
The Balance Test is an approved in vitro diagnostics product for personal blood sample collection at home. First wash your hands with soap and rinse well with warm water and dry them. Take out the sample card from the paper envelope. Save the envelope for later use. Tear off the SAVE part on the sample card and take a picture of the Test ID. You can ONLY see YOUR test result with your PERSONAL Test ID. Place the card with the two circles facing up on the table.
taking the test
Use alcohol wipe to clean the tip of your finger (middle finger is recommended).Stimulate blood flow by making big circles with your arm or shaking the hand downwards for 20 seconds. Take out the single-use lancet. Remove the transparent safety cap and the lancet is ready to use. Place the lancet against the lower part of the fingertip facing the collection paper on the table. Push the top of the lancet against the finger until you hear a click. The lancet will automatically make a small prick in the finger.
completing the test
Don’t touch the filter paper circles with your hands. Squeeze the finger gently one time and add several, minimum 3, free dripping blood drops to each circle marked on the sample card. The blood should completely fill the inner part of the circles. Leave the sample card in a horizontal position at room temperature for at least 10 minutes for the samples to dry well. Insert the sample card back into the paper envelope. Then place the paper envelope into the metal bag and close it.Important: Do not remove the desiccant bag from the metal bag.