Prized for their nutritional
qualities, oysters are rich in
zinc, which boosts fertility
and skin health, wound
healing, and immune-boosting
Although there is little scientific evidence that oysters are an aphrodisiac, they are one of our best sources of zinc and this mineral is strongly linked with fertility and virility. Zinc is also important for skin health, wound healing, and the immune system, and is an antioxidant. Recent research has found that ceramide compounds in oysters inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells. Oysters also contain a reasonable amount of essential omega-3 fats, are rich in selenium for a healthy immune system, and contain easily absorbed iron for energy and healthy blood.
- Excellent source of zinc for fertility and virility.
- Contain compounds and minerals, which can protect against cancers.
- High iron content for energy, resistance to infection, and healthy blood.
- A good source of B vitamins.
Oysters need to be very fresh and, if eaten raw, they should be alive. It is safest to eat farmed oysters because in recent years wild oysters have been found to contain toxic levels of contaminants. A healthy way to serve fresh oysters is simply topped with chopped shallots, chile, lime juice, and arugula.
DID YOU KNOW?
Traditionally, an oyster is eaten “all in one go” from the shell, without chewing. You can also cook oysters but some of the beneficial compounds may be lost.