Eskimos diet and heart disease

Eskimos are believed to have a low incidence of coronary heart disease. They are actually indigenous people inhabiting northern Canada, Alaska, Greenland and eastern Siberia who traditionally live hunting seals and other arctic animals.




Bang and Dyerberg described Eskimo diet as consisting of large amount of seal and whale blubber (lipids containing unsaturated fatty acids).
The predominant unsaturated fatty acids in fish food consumed by Eskimos are 5, 8, 11, 14, eicsapentaenoic acid (EPA). These mainly inhibits formation of thromboxanes, a prostaglandin related compound which is responsible for platelet aggregation and thrombosis.

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