Oysters are one of my favourite foods to dine out on. Not only do they taste amazing but they are also incredibly nutritious.

If you are plant based or vegetarian or vegan, you should consider including these little powerhouses into your diet as they contain Vit-B 12 which is commonly missing in these particular diets.

Overall, here are a few great reasons to make them a part of your diet.

Protein – a great source of lean protein. Protein is the building block of all kinds of body tissues like bones, cartilage, skin, and muscles. It also helps you feel full. Protein is a macronutrient that is essential to overall health as well as hormone health.

Zinc – is a vitally important mineral that aids in the activity of over 300 different enzymes and supports a wide range of body processed such as growth and development, wound healing and immune system function. 6 oysters provide over 90% of your daily needs. Zinc is also extremely beneficial to a proper hormone function in both males and females.

Vit B12 – an important nutrient for supporting regular nerve and brain function. It plays a role in supporting DNA and red blood cell production. This is why, when levels are low, someone may feel tired or experience issues like tingling in their hands and feet or experience brain fog. Vitamin B12 deficiency can be a real problem and is highly likely in any diet where animal products not consumed. If you are vegan, vegetarian, PB, etc. supplementation is a must of this vital nutrient. Or just 6 oysters provide double your daily recommended Vit B-12 needs.

Omega 3 Fatty acids - oysters are a good source of omega 3s which plays a key role in brain function as well as normal growth and development. They are also important for supporting stable mental and emotional health and may have a role in managing depression. Beyond that, the anti-inflammatory impact of omega 3s has been shown to benefit the body in many ways. Including eye health, joint health, skin health, and studies have shown that it helps offset the impact of the stress hormone cortisol.

Iron – is a mineral that’s important for maintaining stable energy levels by helping transport oxygen through the blood to the different organs and tissues in the body.

Magnesium and Potassium – both minerals that support healthy muscle and nerve function. Having adequate amounts of both are also important for heart health by promoting healthy blood pressure. Both of these minerals are also important to ensure restful sleep.

Selenium – is a trace element that plays a role in DNA synthesis, thyroid hormone production, reproduction, and immune system function. It is also a powerful antioxidant.

So, aside from being delicious oysters offer a range of nutritional benefits and have a place in a healthy, balanced diet. Eat them fresh/raw and preferably wild-caught and not farmed to reap those nutritional benefits.

If you have a medical condition that impacts your nutrient needs or if you need to be extra careful about preventing foodborne illness, talk to your doctor for guidance on what a safe number of oysters are for you and appropriate preparation methods.