In today´s modern world we eat differently than our we did in the early 1900s when for example fast food was not on the menu, but even if you cook your own food, then the ingredients are unfortunately not of the same quality anymore. Meat tends to come mainly from animals being fed inside a barn with feed instead of eating grass in the open fields and fish like salmon are farmed in closed basins and fed with fishmeal instead eating algae in the deep seas. This has a huge impact on the nutritional values in the food and thus in our cells, tissues and our bodies.
Zinzino’s BalanceTest is an easy self-test for analyzing the fatty acids in your blood which is a reflection of the fat in the food you eat. The BalanceTest is a dry blood spot test (DBS) which is scientifically proven to be as accurate as a venous blood sample, when fatty acids are to be analysed. All it requires are a few drops of blood from the fingertip on a filter paper and it takes less than a minute to complete. VITAS Analytical Services* will anonymously analyse content of 11 fatty acids**, which together contributes to approximately 98 % of the fatty acids in the blood. The fatty acids includes saturated-, monounsaturated- (omega-9) and polyunsaturated (omega-6 and omega-3) fatty acids. The result is then displayed, after about 20 days, on the website; zinzinotest.com where information is given about the Omega-6:3 balance, the Omega 3 content, a fatty acids protection profile and more.
Studies on fatty acids profile of blood have shown that this profile is strongly related to health status.
*Vitas is a GMP certified chemical analysis contract lab, with 20 years’ experience in providing a high quality chromatographic analysis based on cutting-edge knowledge and technology.
** The 11 fatty acids are : Palmitic acid(PA), Stearic acid(SA), Oleic acid(OA), Linoleic(LA), Alpha-Linolenic acid(ALA), Gamma-linolenic acid(GLA), dihomoGamma-linolenic acid(DHGLA), Arachidonic acid(AA), Eicosapentaenoic acid(EPA), Docosapentaenoic acid(DPA), Docosahexaenoic acid(DHA).
- Dry blood spot self-test
- Measures 11 fatty acids in your blood
- Informs about your Omega-6:3 balance
HOW DOES IT WORK?
You should take your first BalanceTest and then start at once to take your daily dosage of Zinzino Balance products. Continue to take the Balance products as recommended for 120 days and then you take your second BalanceTest to find out how your fatty acids profile has changed.
*Should your initial results show an Omega-6:3 balance of 3:1 or better then you should contact Zinzino since you do not need the Balance product.
YOUR PROTECTION (FATTY ACID PROFILE VALUE)
This factor relates the profile of 11 fatty acids in your blood. It is calculated from an equation combining all the long chain essential fatty acids (omega-6 and omega-3), the Omega-3 (EPA+DHA) level and the Omega-6 (AA)/Omega-3 (EPA) Balance. The scale goes from 0 -100 and the goal is to help your customer achieve 100 on their second test after 120 days. This does not tell anything about the health status of the person, only the fatty acid protection level.
OMEGA-6 (AA) TO OMEGA-3 (EPA) BALANCE
Omega-6 (AA)/Omega-3 (EPA) Balance is measured as the ratio between C20:4 the “vegetable” omega-6 arachidonic acid (AA) and marine omega-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). This ratio is an approximate expression for the distribution between vegetable fatty acids and fish fatty acids in the diet consumed. A surplus of vegetable omega-6 fatty acids will make a diet unbalanced and pro-inflammatory. The ratio of Omega-6 (AA) and Omega-3 (EPA) should preferably be below 3:1. If this ratio is above 3:1 you will benefit from a change in your diet. A low balance of omega-6 and omega-3 is important for maintaining normal cell and tissue development (homeostasis) and help body control inflammation.
OMEGA-3 LEVEL (EPA+DHA)
The ‘Omega-3 (EPA+DHA) Level’ is the combined percentage value of the marine omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA out of the total value of fatty acids found in the blood. Omega-3’s have many benefits because they are the primary building blocks in you cells. EPA is dominant in blood, muscles and tissue, while DHA is dominant in brain, sperm and eyes. In the test report the ideal range is 8% or more. European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) claims that EPA and DHA are contributing to the maintenance of normal heart function. DHA also contributes to the maintenance of normal vision and maintenance of normal brain function.
CELL MEMBRANE FLUIDITY INDEX
The ratio between saturated fatty acids and the marine omega-3 essential fatty acids eicosapentaoenic acid (EPA) and docosahexaoenic acid (DHA) is indicative of cell membrane fluidity. The more saturated the fats are in a membrane, the more rigid is the membrane. Conversely, the more polyunsaturated the fats are in a membrane, the more fluid is the membrane. Cell membrane composition and structural architecture is critical for the health of the cells and hence the body. On the one hand, the membrane needs to be rigid enough to provide sound cellular structural architecture. On the other hand, the membrane needs to be fluid enough to allow nutrients in and waste products out. This Index should be below 4:1.
MENTAL STRENGTH - DIETARY INDEX
This is the balance between Omega-6 (AA) and Omega-3 (EPA+DHA). A sufficient supply of marine Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA, in the diet contributes to the maintenance of a normal brain function. Daily administration of 3 g of marine omega-3’s EPA and DHA for 3 months significantly decreased feelings of anger and anxiety among users compared with placebo group in a study. Several other clinical studies show that cognitive performance improves with increased anti-inflammatory consumption of marine omega-3 EPA and DHA. Childhood and old age are two critical and vulnerable stages and Omega-3 deficiency is associated with learning and memory deficits as well as mood.This Index should be below 1:1
ARACHIDONIC ACID (AA) FORMATION EFFICIENCY
This shows the efficiency by which your body convert Omega-6 (LA) fatty acids, from food in your diet into the essential fatty acids Omega-6 (AA) in your body. If you have less than 30% efficiency you are recommended to include food in your diet that is high in AA, like chicken, turkey, pig and farmed salmon.
The dry blood spot test method uses drops of blood collected from a fingertip (see picture below), has been compared to the conventional method of lipid analysis based on withdrawal of venous blood.
This method for the analysis of fatty acids profile in the blood is approved for nutritional studies.
The fatty acids profile of blood lipids reflects dietary fat intake, and studies have shown that this profile is strongly related to health status. This is because the blood lipid profile represents the types of fats your body has to build into all cells and tissues, including cell membranes.
Thus, this new method for the analysis of fatty acids profile in the blood is applicable to nutritional studies. The 11 fatty acids are : Palmitic acid(PA), Stearic acid(SA), Oleic acid(OA), Linoleic(LA), Alpha-Linolenic acid(ALA), Gamma-linolenic acid(GLA), dihomoGamma-linolenic acid(DHGLA), Arachidonic acid(AA), Eicosapentaenoic acid(EPA), Docosapentaenoic acid(DPA), Docosahexaenoic acid(DHA).
Learn more at www.zinzinotest.com
TAKING THE TEST
1. Zinzino 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.
2. 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. Turn the thin plastic stopper 1/4 of the circle anticlockwise. Remove the transparent safety cap and the lancet is ready to use.
3. Place the lancet against the lower part of the fingertip facing the collection paper on the table. Push the top of the lancet towards the finger until you hear a click. The lancet will automatically make a small prick in the finger.
4. Don’t touch the filter paper circles with your hands. Squeze 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.
Important: Avoid many aggressive squeezing of the finger to force the blood to drip.
5. Leave the sample card in a horizontal position in room temperature for at least 10 minutes for the samples to dry well.
6. 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 drying bag inside the metal bag.
7. Place the closed metal bag into the big envelope with the laboratory address on it: NOTE! You MUST put the correct amount of postage stamps on the envelope before you put in the mail box.
8. Go to internet and register your test code on www.zinzinotest.com. This is the web page where you can see your test results later. It takes 10-20 days until your result is ready.
Important: Keep the SAVE part of the card. You can ONLY see YOUR test result on the internet with your PERSONAL Test ID.
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How do I take my BalanceTest?
Zinzino BalanceTest is a self-test for analyzing Omega3 & Omega6 and other fatty acids in your blood. All it requires is a drop of blood from your fingertip.
See instructions on how to take the test in the Shop:
- Click on How to use to take part of the instructions
Where is my test analyzed?
Your test is analyzed at Vitas
Vitas is a GMP certified chemical analysis contract lab, with 20 years experience in providing a high quality, custom chromatographic analytical service based on cutting-edge knowledge and technology.
Where can I find my test result?
- Go to www.zinzinotest.com
- Register your unique Zinzino Test ID number and fill out the information needed
After 20 days you use the same unique Zinzino Test ID number to access your Balance Test results at www.zinzinotest.com
How does the money back guarantee work?
The money back guarantee only counts if you, as a customer, have ordered a 6-months subscription that includes a BalanceTest.
If your value for the Omega 6:3-balance is 3:1 or better on your first test result, you as a customer may cancel your subscription and return your unused products to Zinzino (2 months supply of products). You will get your money for your start order back (Test 1
which you already used and a one month supply of products is for free).
In the cases where the customer has purchased a subscription without any test included, there will be no refund.
Refund policy does not apply to partners.
I lost my test ID, what do I do?
Your BalanceTest is an anonymous test and can therefore not be found or be sent out again.
Please contact our Customer Service and we will help you find a solution to your lost test.
What is the postal cost of sending in my BalanceTest?
We advise you to put the correct amount of postage stamps on the envelope before you post it.
What is the BalanceTest?
Zinzino Balance Test is a dry blood sample test to use at home. It takes less than a minute to perform. A little prick in your finger by the enclosed needle and collect a few drops of blood on a filter paper in the test kit.
The blood sample is sent to a certified laboratory for analysis, and you find your personal test results on www.zinzinotest.com
The test analyzes 11 fatty acids in your blood that represents 98% of the fatty acids present in your blood. The fatty acid profile shown in your results reflects your diet in respect to fat intake. On your test result you find dietary indicators showing your omega-6 to omega-3 balance, the omega-3 (EPA+DHA) value, the efficiency of your body´s arachidonic acid (AA) formation, your cell membrane fluidity index among other.
To learn more log in to www.zinzinotest.com and How to read your test result. The results will tell you whether you have an unbalanced, semi-balanced or balanced diet.
Is it important to do the test?
Before you know the results of your current diet, it is difficult to know exactly what your body lacks. In leadership, they teach that you first have to identify the problem and then find the best solution. This is also our philosophy. The test gives you an indication of what you need to change to achieve balance in your omega 6:3 ratio.
How is the test analyzed?The blood spot samples are analyzed by gas chromatographic/mass spectroscopy (GC/MS), which is the most common method for analysis of fatty acids.
What are the rules for use of Zinzino Balance Test?
Zinzino Balance Test is a CE-marked home test kit.
You can use it at home, in a conference room or in your office.
It is not approved for use in public places like a hotel lobby or a restaurant. Please respect that.
Before you do the test, read the instructions, watch the instructional film and give yourself plenty of time until you feel confident at testing.
It is recommended to use the ring finger and to take the test on the hand the individual is not using for writing.
Only assist in testing if you are given permission.
Remember to never touch the test paper to avoid contamination of the test.
We also recommend that you collect the test envelope from your customer and ensure that postage is added on the envelope so you ensure that the test will be sent to the test lab as soon as possible.
What do I do if I haven´t achieved the recommended balance after 120 days?
First of all, make sure that you have taken the balance product daily, and that you have taken the right amount for your body weight. For oil the daily dosage is 0,15 ml x body weight. Ask the following questions:
- Has the oil been taken regularly each day between Test 1 and Test 2?
- Has the right amount of oil been taken in relation to body weight?
- Has anything changed in the diet during this period?
- Was there enough blood on the analysis test? Or has blood been "pressed" out? Important that it flows freely so the right blood quality comes out and that vacuum packaging is properly closed when it is shipped.
- Does the customer take any kind of medications? (this can affect the result)
If you have taken correct daily dosages for 120 days, answered “correct” on the above questions and are not totally in balance then increase your Balance Oil intake with 25% for around 2 months and take a new test.
If you are still not in balance contact our Customer Service for more information.
Can I experience any reaction when achieving balance?
Most people feel an improvement in wellbeing after achieving balance. Temporarily, some peoples may be more tired for a period, before improvement in wellbeing.
How many Balance Tests have been analyzed at this point?
At this point over 260.000 first tests have been analyzed at Vitas.
75% do not take an Omega-3 supplement and have an average ratio of 12:1.
20% who take an Omega-3 supplement have an average ratio of 7:1.
Only 5% have a ratio of 3:1 (in Europe).
Over 100.000 second tests have been analyzed at Vitas.
95% of those taking Zinzino Balance products have a ratio of near 3:1 after 120 days.
THE BALANCE OIL REALLY WORKS
Since starting on the Balance products I have felt better than ever. and have so much energy! It is the best thing I have ever done for my health - Angela, USA
Test 1: 65:1 – Test 2: 4.1:1[imgurl]
I WAS JUST A BIT EMBARRESED
Now I know that BalanceOil* really works, and that gives me a peace of mind and something to be proud of! - Karla, USA/Denmark
Test 1: 34.4:1 Test 2: 2.9:1
My test results came as an enormous surprise TO ME
My test-result really surprised me. After using the oil for 120 days I took my second test and my balance was now 2.5:1 - Henrik, Sweden
Test 1: 16:1 Test 2: 2.5:1
The test proves that it works
All my life I have made healthy- and home cooked food. I have also used different fish oils. I took my first test in Oct. 2012 and have used the BalanceOil ever since. I am very happy about the products and the test proves that it works. - Raisa, Finland
Test 1: 4.6:1 Test 2: 2.7:1
I have more energy!
Since I started to use BalanceOil I have felt great. My energy levels are up and I feel my immune system is stronger. Genetically my family has suffered a lot with heart conditions and I am happy to add a product to my diet that is good for the heart. I am very satisfied with Zinzino BalanceOil.
- Arja, Finland
Test 1: 7.9:1, Test 2: 2.9:1
Balance Oil has been so important to me
When I took my first BalanceTest I was not feeling my best. My energy levels were low and I was looking for a solution. I will forever be grateful for this product and will continue to apply it to my diet. If you haven´t tried the Balance product, I strongly recommend it. - Aina, Norway
Test 1: 12.4:1 Test 2: 2.0:1