Featured Food: Oysters

Last week we talked about zinc and yesterday we discussed testosterone; and in both we mentioned oysters, so I thought we’d take a closer look. Oysters have the highest natural content of zinc, which is important for:

  • stong immune system
  • wound healing
  • maintain senses of smell and taste

They are also are a good source of protein, specifically they’re high in tyrosine. Tyrosine is and amino acid that the brain uses to regulate mood and to adapt to stress.  Other good things about oysters?

  • help maintain collagen and elastin fibers that give skin its firmness and help to prevent wrinkles and sagging
  • an aphrodisiac that increases sex hormones
  • improves vision
  • rich in iron, calcium, and vitamin A
  • low in fat and calories

 Oysters have a soft-fleshy texture and a unique flavor that is sweet and sometimes salty. What’s great is you can prep them in a variety of ways. They can be eaten on the half shell, raw, smoked, boiled, baked, fried, roasted, stewed, canned, pickled, steamed, and broiled.

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