Austin Sports Medicine: Benefits of Oysters

It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!

You know what they say about eating oysters, right? They’re little protein-packed morsels full of nutrients from the sea. What did you think I was going to say? We’ll get to that in a moment . . .

Oysters are full of zinc, which boosts your immune system. They’re also packed with selenium, which protects our cells from free radical damage, lowers the risk of join inflammation, and helps your thyroid do its thing.

I mentioned protein before for a good reason. Oysters are a complete source, meaning they contain all nine essential amino acids your body needs to build and repair muscle tissue.

The taste is pretty great too. If you’ve never tried fresh oysters, I highly recommend it!

As for that other thing, yes, there is some truth to the idea that oysters may be an aphrodisiac. A study found that oysters contain an amino acid that boosts estrogen and testosterone. But regardless of whether they actually act as aphrodisiacs, just the idea of it may be great for your overall happiness, regardless of how the oysters have actually helped.

Give oysters a try – it’s a super food with proven health benefits.

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