Oysters contain some vital nutrients that help the body function properly, including zinc, iron, selenium and calcium. The meat is also a good source of vitamins A, C, D and B12, in fact 100-grams of oysters contains 605% of the recommended dietary intake of zinc and 324% of the RDI for vitamin B12. They also contain omeg-3 fatty acids, which play a role in keeping the heart and brain healthy.
As well as these nutrients, oysters also contain many nutrients that have antioxidant properties too. One nutrient called selenium can help protect the body against oxidative stress and free radicals, which has been linked to chronic conditions such as cancer and heart disease. A 100 gram serving of oysters contains 91% of the RDI for selenium.
Oysters are rich in zinc, which is a vital nutrient for making testosterone in men. Testosterone is important for the sexual and reproductive health in men, and also regulates their libido. As zinc is such a crucial element in making testosterone, a deficiency in the supplement can cause sexual health problems, such as erectile dysfunction. Low levels of testosterone can also lead to poor sperm quality, weight gain and lack of energy. Consuming oysters or taking a zinc supplement can help ensure the body is getting the sufficient amount of the nutrient.
Anti-inflammatory & immune system support
Oyster extract can help reduce inflammation in the body, reducing the symptoms of arthritis as well as reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer. Studies suggest that oyster extract can help ease the symptoms by decreasing the production of reactive oxygen species in the body.
Selenium supports the function of the immune system and has a high contents in oysters. The nutrient is able to fight stress caused by oxidants in the body, whilst also supporting the production of natural killer cells. Oyster extracts other antioxidant properties, such as vitamin C and glutathione, also play a part in reducing inflammation and supporting tissue repair as well as the immune system.
The zinc and vitamin C content of oysters may provide positive effects for eye health. Particularly benefiting the loss of sight in older adults, these antioxidants help to slow down age-related macular degeneration. Taurine and omeg-3 fats play an important role in eye health too, by reducing inflammation and oxidant activity in the retina.
Oysters can be eaten raw with caution or cooked, although due to their unusual texture are not palatable for many people. Oyster extract supplements are an alternative. We suggest taking 2 capsules of our Pure Oyster Meat Extract each morning on an empty stomach, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.