Nov 4, 2021

Which Nutrients Are in Oysters?

You probably know (and love) that oysters can be eaten so many different ways. But did you know that they contain numerous nutrients and health benefits? Dazzle your friends with these health facts next time you indulge together.

Vitamin D

Since the sun is the most common source of vitamin D, those living in places with long, dark winters can get a fair dosage of vitamin D from oysters. In about four oysters—or 100 grams—you can get 80% of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of vitamin D!

Vitamin D functions as a hormone rather than a traditional vitamin. It helps bone formation, boosts immunity, and can even help reduce inflammation. Through its relation with apoptosis, the vitamin also provides the body with anti-cancer properties.

Copper and Zinc

About four oysters can contain around 4.5mg of copper. This mineral plays a significant role to help keep organs, bones, and tissues healthy.

A single oyster contains 50% of the RDI for zinc. This mineral helps aid DNA and protein synthesis, boosting immunity in addition to general growth and development.

Vitamin B12

Oysters boast a substantial amount of vitamin B12—eating just four oysters gives you 324% of our RDI! Vitamin B12 helps in the formation of red blood cells, DNA synthesis, helps prevent anemia and congenital disabilities, and may reduce macular degeneration. It also plays a significant role in energy metabolism.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

About four oysters contain 672 mg of omega-3 fatty acids. When taken in high amounts, omega-3s can help reduce cardiovascular-related health issues. They also contain anti-inflammatory properties that help decrease the risk of contracting inflammatory-related conditions and diseases.

Not only can you enjoy oysters for their delicious flavor, but you can also receive numerous vitamins, minerals, and nutrients while indulging! Oysters XO offers mobile oyster catering services in major cities in the US and throughout the world. Contact us to book us at your next event.