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a blog by Marie Lee, Mar. 30, 2010

I’ve been following the work of Dr. Weston A. Price, a dentist who went to all sorts of different countries to try to figure out why so-called “primitive” people (without dental care) had no cavities. Dr. Weston collected a lot of data about a natural, unprocessed diet and its correlation to health. One thing he noticed was that lots of cultures use fish eggs as a fertility booster, often feeding them to young girls as they approach their menses.

This may have something to do with Vitamin A (which eggs are full of). Vitamin A promotes better cervical fluid, making it into a sperm-nourishing, plentiful, fertile consistency. Vitamin A also helps YOUR eggs, by ensuring that your follicles develop properly. Your follicles each hold an egg and one follicle releases an egg every month. The follicle then produces hormones that aid the egg in implanting in your uterus. Without enough Vitamin A, the follicle doesn't mature properly.

There are probably also all sorts of fatty acids and things that we may not even know about in fish eggs. Doing a little research, I note that there are a lot of ways to get them in your diet.

Check it out:

Salmon roe – also called ikura—the stuff on top of sushi
Taramosalata – a Greek fish egg dip
Caviar - if you just won the lottery
Shad roe – seasonal in spring

I have also seen dried salmon eggs on the internet, and al jigae is a (very spicy!) Korean fish roe soup. And if you go to the Korean grocery, you can ask for ping-oh mul-gogi, “ice fish,” in the freezer. You just fry ‘em up and eat the whole thing, and yes, they are FULL of eggs.

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