The oyster is a beautiful natural product. Its salty, tasty meat is considered an ultimate delicacy all over the world. In addition to a special flavor, these bivalve shellfish also have a lot to offer in terms of health. Oysters appear to have a positive influence on the immune system and are therefore a natural weapon against viruses.
The importance of the immune system
The immune or immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues and proteins spread throughout the body. They work together to protect the body against bacteria, viruses, parasites, infections and other unwanted external influences. In short, the immune system provides the natural defense against diseases. Because the immune system consists of so many different parts, it is difficult to determine when it is working insufficiently. However, it is clear that a healthy lifestyle can help maintain the immune system. Since a large part of it is located in the gut, choosing the right foods is very important.
The positive influence of oysters on the immune system
Oysters are among the most nutritious products in the world. Including 59 trace elements, 12 vitamins, 19 amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids, each oyster provides an incredible package of nutrients.
A natural source of zinc and selenium
Zinc in particular is found in larger quantities in oysters. In fact, oysters contain more zinc than any other food. Zinc is a mineral that is part of many enzymes in the body that are involved in metabolism. Among other things, it’s necessary for the building of proteins, the growth and development of tissue, and for the proper functioning of the immune system. Zinc also improves the action of antibodies, helping this mineral to ward off infections. Besides zinc, the oyster is also very rich in selenium. Selenium has an antioxidant effect and supports the immune system. A medium-sized oyster provides no less than 55 percent of your daily requirement for zinc and selenium!
Omega-3 essential fatty acids for the body
Oysters also contain a significant amount of omega 3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential for the body. Omega 3 fatty acids are important for the formation of cell walls and contribute, among other things, to a healthy brain, heart, blood vessels and eyes. In addition, they minimize inflammatory responses that tend to burden the immune system. Sufficient intake of omega-3 is therefore an important support for the immune system. A medium-sized oyster contains about 370 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids.
Text: Fiore Houwing