The Power of Shellfish for B Vitamins

Oysters are part of the shellfish family. Their benefits include being high in protein in a small, low-calorie serving, and a variety of minerals and B vitamins.

These molluscs are less contaminated by heavy metals than other varieties of seafood, so it’s safe to eat them several times a week.

Oysters, both raw and cooked, supply a variety of B vitamins, most notably vitamin B12. B vitamins are water soluble, which means your body can’t store them and you need to get them regularly through food. Working in tandem with folate and vitamin B6, vitamin B12 helps regulate levels of homocysteine in the blood, a compound that may elevate risk for heart disease.

This nutrient also plays a vital role in brain health and preventing cognitive decline as you grow older. Getting more than the Daily Value for B12 is especially important when you’re over 50, because absorption of B12 decreases with age.

Oysters, mussels, crab, clams, shrimps, scallops - what's your favourite shellfish recipe ?

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