Omega-3 May Prevent Obesity-Related Diseases

Love To Eat| A study of 330 Alaska’s Yup’il Eskimos, 70 percent of them overweight or obese, revealed that their high intake of omega-3 fats may prevent obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

The Yup’ik Eskimos eat 20 times more salmon, sardines and fatty fish that the rest of the US population. However, their diet has changed as they move away from traditional lifestyles, adopting eating habits like the rest of America.

Researchers had a mixed group of tradiitonal diet Yup’il Eskimos and American-diet eaters to study, the majority overweight or obese like the rest of America.

As expected, the researchers found that in participants with low blood levels of DHA and EPA, obesity strongly increased both blood triglycerides (a blood lipid abnormality) and C-reactive protein, or CRP (a measure of overall body inflammation). Elevated levels of triglycerides and CRP increase the risk of heart disease and, possibly, diabetes.

Villagers with high blood levels of omega-3 fats had triglyceride and CRP concentrations of a normal-weight person, even though they were not.

While recommending the benefits of eating omega-3-rich fish, the researchers issued a note of caution that nutritional supplementation at very high doses can be harmful to health. via Science Daily