herring for the brain

Often viewed as inferior to salmon roe, herring roe may be the next breakthrough in DHA, writes Nadia Badarudin in New Straits Times, Malaysian newspaper.

WE need good fats to nourish our brains. Good fats, Omega-3 fatty acids are vital to ensure that the brain and nervous system function at their optimum level. DHA or decosahexaenoic acid is an Omega-3 fatty acid most abundant in our brains. Just like calcium to the bones, the brain cannot function without DHA. Studies show that DHA plays a major role in cognitive and eye health, and also helps lower the risk of heart disease if consumed as part of a healthy diet. Both growing and ageing brains need DHA, with the first two years of life being the most important time to get enough of this nutrient. Infants, pregnant women, nursing mothers, growing children and senior citizens are the groups of people who need DHA the most.

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