Do omega oils help with cholesterol?
A group of Eskimos in Greenland have shown for the first time that fish and fish oil can play a beneficial role in controlling cholesterol and preventing coronary heart disease.
Although these Eskimos have a fatty diet, their blood cholesterol levels are low and heart disease is rare.
A close look at the Eskimos’ diet reveals that fish are the source of most of the fat.
However, the fat of these fish is different from that of other animals, and it is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids.
These fatty acids, known as omega 3, are found in marine phytoplankton. Fish feed on phytoplankton to obtain these fatty acids, which are then stored in their own body fat.