A study of the Yup’ik Eskimos in Alaska suggests that high intake of fatty acids may help prevent chronic conditions often associated with obesity, including diabetes and heart disease. The traditional Yup’ik diet contains about 20 times more omega-3s than the average diet of those in the lower 48 states.
“This [study] offered a unique opportunity to study whether omega-3 fats change the association between obesity and chronic disease risk,” said lead author Zeina Makhoul.
Researchers analyzed the diets of more than 300 Eskimos in southwest Alaska, the majority of whom were overweight or obese. However, those with high blood levels of fatty acids did not show an increased risk of illnesses associated with a high weight.
Those interested in increasing their fatty acid intake in order to mitigate the adverse affects of weight may want to consider taking dietary supplements like those offered by Dr. Newton’s Naturals.