rom time immemorial polar bears have been used as the main source of food, clothing, adornment and even for satisfying everyday needs such as electricity for Arctic dwellers.
A number of Arctic people, such as the Nenets, Inuit, Chukchi, Russian Pomors and Yupik, would capture polar bears and use all that they had to offer. The furry creatures’ fat was a great fuel for lighting up the igloo, the meat was used for food, the long canine teeth of the bear were used as talismans and symbols, while the fur and the sinews were handy when it came to sewing clothing and footwear. However, the one part that wasn’t useful, was the bear’s liver. Since the polar bears mainly dine on fish, they stock up on humongous amounts of Vitamin A, which usually cause them Hypervitaminosis A – a toxic disease, which is lethal to humans.
The amounts of Vitamin A in the bear’s liver were so poisonous, that even our most ancient ancestors knew it was better to leave the liver behind instead of getting affected by its contamination.