Hi, I am Emerson Scott. I am happy to share with you this article about the numerous and wonderful benefits of Oyster.
There was a time when I used to observe people eating this sea food which looked like a hard shelled sandwich. I would observe their facial expressions. This made me wonder and ask, what is so special about this dish? So I took the opportunity to order an Oyster dish when one of my friends took me out for a treat. The rest is a tasty memory. Since that time I have understood the benefits of Oyster.
The points you will read here are a result of careful and diligent research.
The word oyster has been derived from the word “oistre.” This word comes from the Latin root word “ostreum” and also a similar Greek word “ostreon.” The edible oysters come from the Ostreidae family, while the pearl oysters come from the family of Pteriidae also called feathered oysters.
Evidence of oyster consumption dates back into pre history. There are records of the use of oysters as a food commodity dated 2200-1000 AD. It was in the beginning of the 20th century, that researchers made the discovery that led to the production of artificial pearls through the oyster. Oyster is one of the wonder creations of the Almighty and brings many valuable benefits to mankind.
Now I share with you a comprehensive collection of 27 benefits of Oyster. These benefits have been divided into three categories as follows.
Benefits to human health.
1. Oysters have the advantage of providing the body with low fat, high quality protein. This protein is easier to digest than the protein found in chicken or beef.
2. Oyster is a wonderful source of nutrition. It contains vitamin B12 which is needed along with vitamin B6 for the smooth functioning of the menstrual cycle in women.
3. Two amino acids are present in Oyster. These are used in production of the sex hormones. For men, increased levels of testosterone improves libido.
4. Oysters contain tyrosine, which is an amino acid responsible for regulating mood and maintaining correct stress level in the brain.
5. Collagen and Elastin are fibers which give skin its texture and tauntness. Nutrients present in Oysters, help in the production of these fibers and hence prevent premature aging of skin.
6. Oysters are rich in vitamin A, which is necessary to eliminate acne and oily skin. It supports the production of the female hormone progesterone. Vitamin A is also an antioxidant.
7. Oysters contain Zinc in rich quantities. Zinc is an overall health enhancer and immune stimulant. It also supports the wound healing process, prevents blindness and controls acne. Further more it metabolizes fatty acids. Zinc also help in stopping hair fall and builds up our sense of taste.
8. Oysters contain vitamin D, which is needed for the making of strong and flexible bones. Vitamin D also aids in absorption of calcium and magnesium.
9. Oysters are a good source of vitamin C. Research documents a number of benefits of vitamin C. The main one being alleviation of stress and control of allergies.
10. Oysters have important minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron. Calcium helps to prevent menstrual cramps, relaxes muscles and reduces back pain. Magnesium also helps in preventing menstrual cramps. Iron relieves fatigue caused by anemia.
11. Vitamin B1 and B2, which are present in Oyster, help in preventing irritability, fatigue and increases tolerance to headache and migraines.
Benefits to marine life
12. Oysters provide habitat for marine species like Crassostrea and Accosted, sea anemones, barnacles, and hooked mussels. These minute animals are in turn a healthy food for the sea fish.
13. Oysters consume nitrates and ammonia, which are nutrients for phytoplankton. Plankton in turn increases water turbidity. Hence by reducing excess plankton, Oysters actually help reduce sea water turbidity.
14. Through eutrophication of water, excess algae sediments are produced. Oyster helps in mitigating them from the water, thus keeping the water more eco-friendly.
15. Oyster also consumes plankton. Therefore Oxygen which would have been otherwise used by excess plankton is now available for other marine life.
16. An Oyster has the amazing biological ability to change its sex more than once during its life time. It therefore promotes the fertilization of its own eggs. This prevents depletion of the Oyster population.
17. Oysters’ function as sea water purifiers. The biological system of Oyster is so designed, that it can filter 5 liters of water in one hour. This makes the presence of Oyster a blessing.
Benefits to Economy and Environment
18. In many regions of the world Oyster cultivation provides employment to a large number of people. For over a century now Oyster cultivation is being done by two methods called “release” and “bagging.”
19. Oysters (unlike crabs) do not cause injury to human being. Hence harvesting of is done quite simply by gathering them from their beds, and in very shallow water they can be gathered by hand.
20. Farming of Oysters has a very less environmental impact. This is because Oysters feed on plankton which is at the very end of the food chain. In fact, Oyster farming reduces toxicity in marine environment.
21. Oysters are best preserved in the refrigerator out of water, and in high humidity. They have a remarkable shelf life of up to two weeks.
22. Oysters are a well known delicacy. They are a favorite cuisine offered in restaurants that specialized in sea food. They can be made into many luxurious dishes using a variety of methods like frying, boiling, smoking, baking, roasting, pickling and stewing. Hence they are a boon to commercial food industry.
23. As is well known, pearls grow inside Oysters. Nowadays a variety of different colored pearls are artificially produced from Oysters
24. Oysters are an acceptable food for vegetarians in some countries. Oysters are believed to suffer no pain since they lack a central nervous system. This makes them an ethical food choice for those who are against meat consumption.
25. Oysters are a quick cook food. Baking of Oysters takes only 20 to 30 seconds.
26. Oysters are used in the brewing process for the production of “Oyster Stout” which is a beer. This beer is incidentally enjoyed along with Oyster preparations.
27. The delicate flavor of oysters makes one’s taste buds sensitive to different types of tastes. Their texture is soft and delicate on the palate. Raw oysters can have different flavors like- salty, earthly and sweet. Hence they are an exotic addition to the table.
What a miracle! Oysters are a gift to us from the Almighty. I hope that reading this research paper will motivate you to make the best use of Oyster. Also, please encourage others to cash in on this unique product available to us all.
With best wishes, I Emerson Scott take leave of you. Thanks for reading the article.
About the author: Emerson Noble Scott is a graduate in Science and in Theology. He is an educationist, counselor, writer, and social worker. He also enjoys photography, bird watching, cycling, traveling, gardening, playing games (indoor and outdoor), listening to people and making friends. A family oriented person, practices contemplation, believes in being creative and takes life as a gift from Almighty.