Whether you like them raw, baked, boiled, grilled or fried, oysters are a nutritional powerhouse!
Here are the health benefits of eating oysters
1. Oysters contain more zinc than any other food
Zinc is necessary for proper growth and development, strengthens the immune system and promotes healing. This definitely upped the ranking of oysters in my mind as a food worthy of our nutritional intake.
2. Oysters are heart healthy
They are high in omega - 3 fatty acids, potassium and magnesium which can help reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke and lower blood pressure. This is common with most seafood. But I like oysters the best!
3. Oysters can help you lose weight!
They are low in calories, low in fat and a good source of protein which makes you feel fuller after eating. They share this with olive oil, which is notorious for it's ability to make people feel full before finishing.
4. Oysters are a good source of other essential nutrients
These include vitamins A, E, and C, zinc, iron, calcium, selenium, and vitamin B12. Selenium is a particularly rare vitamin, which makes oysters very valuable. A few of these vitamins contribute to skin and hair health, which may explain how oysters are commonly associated with beauty (besides the obvious connection to pearls).
5. Oysters can help improve your energy
They are a good source of iron, which helps the body transport oxygen to individual cells giving you more energy.
6. Oysters can help lower your cholesterol
A study done by the University of Washington found that eating oysters can help raise the HDLs (good cholesterol levels) and lower the LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. This is another similarity they share with olive oil.