“Why then the world's mine oyster, Which I with sword will open,” wrote William Shakespeare in The Merry Wives of Windsor. We bet those wives were merry if rumours about oysters’ aphrodisiac properties are true. Whether you believe that the world is your oyster or not, Cellnutrition would like to think of you as its pearl this National Oyster Day, 05 August. We bring you few interesting facts about the most tender and delicate of all the Ocean’s delicacies and explain how you can benefit from other fruits from the sea too.
It is interesting to note that the oysters we enjoy and those that create pearls are not one and the same. Sadly, it is very unlikely that you’ll happen upon one while shucking. Is this perhaps why famous American journalist and cartoonist James Thurber famously wrote, ‘No oyster has ever profited from its pearl’ in the 1940s?
Indulging in this delicacy predates the Roman era and has been enjoyed since time eternal according to archaeological findings. It’s interesting to note that the farming of oysters almost single-handedly helped to establish New York’s thriving restaurant trade in the early 1800s. New York was the largest provider of oysters globally. Back then oysters were considered highly affordable fodder for the working class. But the introduction of foreign species of these molluscs brought disease. Scarcity turned them into a delicacy.
We bet you’re still thinking about whether they are indeed an aphrodisiac or not? There must be a reason why the Greek goddess of sexual love and beauty, Aphrodite is always depicted on one if its shells. Or, why Venetian-born Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, perhaps the most prolific lovers and womanisers in history, was said to start every day with at least 50 oysters back in the 1700s!
Let’s consider their nutritional value. Oysters are little immunity building powerhouses and are loaded with B vitamins including Folic Acid and Vitamin B12. It’s interesting to note that many health organisations recommend that couples and particularly woman increase consumption of Folic Acid at least one month before wanting to conceive for optimum baby development and to avoid major birth defects.
Oysters are also rich in Zinc. This is an essential mineral because your body can’t produce it on its own. It needs to be consumed through your diet. Zinc is known for its immune boosting function, DNA and protein production, and healthy cell division. It further promotes the production of Testosterone and play a role in regulating the feel-good hormone, Dopamine. Combined with a high dose of Iron and Copper, oysters might very well help in that… erm… limp libido department.
Easy does it. Oysters are notoriously sensitive to pollution and are known to absorb quite a bit of the not so good stuff too. And because they lie on the Ocean bed, they are also loaded with other heavy metals such as Mercury which is only needed in trace quantities. Over supplementing with one of these essential nutrients will most definitely adversely affect you. Please indulge in a few!
If you’re looking to maintain balance and feel that you might have overdone it, consider supplementing with Cellnutrition’s Quinton range including Quinton Hypertonic before indulging and a few Quinton Isotonic ampoules the morning after.
Cellnutrition Quinton is harvested from pristine plankton blooms in the Atlantic Ocean. It contains all the 78 minerals and trace elements required by the body, in perfect proportions and in a fully bioavailable form to support optimal wellbeing by rebalancing your body naturally. (And just for the record, it includes just the right amount of Zinc too - wink wink).
Wishing you a festive Oyster Day. May it be a pearler!