One of the most nutritious and powerful foods are oysters. Oysters for health! Growing up near the coast in Virginia, I ate a lot of seafood, including oysters from the Chesapeake Bay. Back then, I had no idea how heathy oysters were. I do now.
Oysters are known as an aphrodisiac in some cultures. Perhaps it’s the shape and texture that make them an aphrodisiac, but the real reason is the powerful nutritional value of oysters. Oysters are packed with healthy protein and fat, both of which are needed for hormonal and neurotransmitter production and assimilation. Oysters for health! Oysters contain the most zinc of any food and zinc is the most important mineral for the immune system. White blood cells need zinc to be produced and to work properly. Zinc is needed for a healthy prostate and many men need a boost in their prostate health. Zinc is also needed for healthy muscles and healthy bones. Besides zinc, oysters contain the following nutrients: vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron, copper, manganese, and selenium. Oysters also contain high levels of niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin C, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. Finally, oysters are a huge source of beneficial cholesterol, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and water. Oysters even contain a small amount of vitamin A and vitamin B6. Oysters for health!
Another awesome benefit of zinc is its ability to keep testosterone levels at healthy levels. Men have much more testosterone than women, but women need that small amount of testosterone at healthy levels or women will see a decrease in muscle tone, energy and libido. Oysters for health!
The best way to obtain all the nutrition from oysters is to eat them raw, like I do. Squeeze some lime or lemon juice on the oysters and add some good cocktail sauce, preferably organic and homemade. If raw is not your style, roast, sauté, bake or grill the oysters. You will still obtain a huge benefit from the oysters if they are cooked.
One last note of the benefit of oysters is their ability to absorb toxins and to assist in ushering the toxins out of your body. Your liver, which does most of your body’s detoxing through its phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification pathways, will love it if you start consuming some oysters. Oysters for health!
Here is some more fantastic information about oysters from the Weston A. Price foundation. Oysters