With the New Year upon us, now is the time to get eating healthily – and when it comes to superfoods, then mussels are right there at the top!
Mussels, oysters and other shellfish can play a crucial role in maintain good health and for feeling great.
Shellfish such as mussels are rich in zinc and selenium. A meal of mussels can provide half our daily need for zinc and more than one and a half times the amount of antioxidant selenium we should have. A serving also provides a third of our daily needs for iron – which is particularly important for those who are at risk from developing iron deficiency anaemia.
Mussels are also a good source of vitamins B2 and B12, phosphorous, copper, iodine and heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids.
And why are all these good for you?
- Zinc helps process the carbohydrate, fat and protein in the food we eat and assists with the healing of wounds.
- Vitamin B12 is important for the normal functioning of the brain and the nervous system and plays a key role in the formation of red blood cells.
- Iron is key in making the red blood cells that carry oxygen around the body. Iron deficiency can result in anaemia.
- Selenium plays a key role in the human body’s antioxidant defence system, preventing damage to cells and tissues.
- Omega 3 helps protect the heart and is believed to reduce the risk of developing some forms of cancers.
Mussels are also so easy to cook, which makes them the perfect partner as part of your healthy eating regime!