One thing comes to mind when I see the photo above.  Spring time in Louisiana sitting on my river dock listening to Stevie Ray Vaughn while drinking a cold beer, or two, and wake boarding.  Man those were fun days.. Anyway, the point of this post isn’t to relive my college days, rather, I NEED to tell you about one of the most nutrient packed super foods on the planet.  That’s right,oysters.. A super food…  Here’s why.

  1. Zinc – there is not a food on the planet that packs more zinc per ounce than a serving of oysters.  6 medium oysters contain 76.7 mg of zinc. If you are an athlete and beat up your body on a daily basis and expect to perform strong on race day this is of particular importance, as zinc is crucial for tissue repair and growth.  Often times doctors, the good ones that is, will prescribe zinc to patients pre & post op to speed recovery after surgery.  Zinc also strengthens your immune system.
  2. The Iron increases energy by transporting oxygen to individual cells. 6 medium oysters gives you 31% of your daily Iron requirement.
  3. Omega-3′s, potassium and magnesium which help fight inflammation, provide electrolytes for proper muscular contraction and support cardiac function.  Oh! And a diet rich in Omega-3 and magnesium have shown to dramatically decrease risk for cardiovascular disease and mitigate inflammation.

Some people have an aversion to eating raw oysters and I get that.  Luckily there is more than one way to skin this cat.  There are plenty of great recipes for grilling oysters.  Below are two links to super tasty grilled oyster recipes.  I suggest pairing them with some sautéed oyster mushrooms and Kale. Then you will have one Super Food stacked meal.  One note, be sure you are using a clarified butter like Purity Farms Ghee butter for grilling to avoid any oxidation of fats.

Charbroiled Oysters recipe

Grilled Oysters recipe

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