Lipid Analysis, Consulting & Research

Lipid Analytical Laboratories (LAL) was established within the University of Guelph Research Park in Guelph, Ontario, Canada 28 years ago.

The mission of the laboratory was (and is) to provide state-of-the-art analytical analyses of various lipids (including neutral lipids and total/individual phospholipids) and their fatty acid compositions for the food and nutritional supplement sectors as well as for research collaborations with industry partners, academic researchers, and medical teams worldwide including the Mayo Clinic in the US (often requiring blood, breast milk, tissue analyses). Data from LAL has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journal publications in the nutrition, food, and medical areas.

Lipid Analytical Laboratories offers a wide range of services to industry and practitioners, including:

OmegaScore
OmegaScore® Breast Milk DHA and FAP

Fast and convenient omega-3 testing in breast milk samples provide details on fatty acid methyl esters with a report focus on DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) levels as compared to accepted ranges.

OmegaScore® Whole Blood Testing

Just a drop or two of blood provides complete breakdowns of EPA, DHA, DPA, saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, arachidonic acid (AA), omega-3 and omega-6 totals as well as other fatty acid methyl esters.

Fatty Acid Profiling

Used primarily for testing food, marine, vegetable and nutraceutical oils - results show a comprehensive breakdown of fatty acid methyl esters, including EPA, DHA, Omega-3 and Omega-6.

Oxidation Analysis

For testing nutraceutical oils - results show an overview of oxidation factors including peroxide values, anisidine and acid values to determine oxidation measurements and free fatty acid content.

Sterol Analysis

Thorough testing of biological material, nutraceutical oils, industrially-produced food products and more for phytosterols (plant sterols), zoosterols (animal sterols) and mycosterols (fungal sterols).

Phospholipids Analysis

A breakdown of phospholipids including phosphatidic acid (PA), phosphatidylcholine (PC), phosphatidylethanolamine (PE), phosphatidylinositol (PI), phosphatidylserine (PS), phosphatidylglycerol (PG) and sphingomyelin (SM).

Neutral Lipid Analysis

Testing of edible oils, nutraceuticals oils, food products, biological materials, animal fats and more for triglycerides, steryl and wax esters, diglycerides and monoglycerides.


Lipid and fatty acid analyses (for saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fatty acids) are often required and provided for product labelling for the food industry (dairy , meat, and other produce) and for nutritional supplement distributors. LAL has been very active in providing analyses for both short- chain and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids within the omega-6 and particularly the omega-3 series. In view of the well-established roles for increased intakes of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (as EPA, eicosapentaenoic acid, and DHA, docosahexaenoic acid) in optimizing human health (throughout the life span) and disease prevention/management, LAL has experienced a surge in request for such analyses in fish/seafood, enriched foods, and in nutritional supplements (derived from fish/marine oils and algal sources).

EPA/DHA omega-3 fatty acid levels are often measured in blood samples from human clinical trials in view of the recognition from numerous publications that such have become recognized as ‘risk factors’ for various chronic conditions including cardiovascular diseases/cardiac death and age-related cognitive deterioration as well as all-cause mortality. More recently, long-chain omega-3 levels as measured in the blood during pregnancy have been closely related to infant health outcomes including premature birth and low birth weights. Furthermore, DHA (omega-3) measurements/levels in breast milk from mothers during lactation are closely related to healthy infant outcomes and development both cognitive and visual. If low/risk levels are found, these can be readily improved via increased intakes of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids from dietary sources (eg., fish) and/or supplements and confirmed by subsequent re-testing if desired.