Oysters for Zinc

I'd like to say a few words about zinc. It is amazing and very necessary. 

There. A few words. 

Oh, you know I can't stop there so I'll go on: Oysters used to scare me. You want me to eat that gray, slimy thing attached to that shell. Raw? I can't do it. Nuh-uh. Sorry.

I don't know. They don't look appetizing.

But somehow I liked them. Then I found out about what was on the inside and I really like them: zinc, baby. And lots of it. 


Zinc is a component of over 200 enzymes in the body, therefore functioning in more enzymatic activity than any of those other minerals. A lot of people are marginally insufficient when it comes to zinc in the US, especially the elderly. When you're running low on zinc, you mare more susceptible to infection. You also have a decreased sense of taste, sense of smell, sperm count, and you may have skin disorders. It's important for immunity because it protects the cells in the thymus. 

There was even a study done that indicated zinc supplementation shortened the average duration of a cold by 7 days. 

It's also required for cell growth, therefore wound healing. Any kind of recent trauma can aided by zinc supplementation since it also aids in protein synthesis. 

And listen up, dudes. It's critical for the male sex hormone and prostate function. Deficiency may be a factor of prostate enlargement. Zinc supplementation has been shown to reduce the size of an enlarged prostate. And increases sperm count and motility! 

Guess what? Zinc is so important for the skin! It has been shown that adolescent boys are low in their serum zinc levels, and this group is most susceptible to acne. One group of researchers thinks that low zinc is responsible for acne during puberty. Zinc is able to normalize the hormones that create the acne. 

So where do we get this miracle gift of a mineral?

OYSTERS, pumpkin seeds, ginger root, pecans, split peas, brazil nuts, whole wheat, rye, oats, peanuts, lima beans, almonds, walnuts, buckwheat, hazelnuts, green peas, turnips, parsley, potatoes, garlic, carrots, whole-wheat bread, black beans, etc. 

Ersters, as they say down around here. Oysters are in season in the cold-weather months. That's when they are fresh and that's when to eat them. My mother-in-law taught me that. I married into an oyster-happy family. Any month with an R in it, as in Rsters. 


This pic of our friend at Casamento's in New Orleans was taken a while back. IF you ever happen to be in Nola, this place is the place to go for ersters in the R months. Or Luke is good too. But I love this up-town restaurant so much. 

Ersters. This is your last month to get your major zinc shot in the form of a delicious seafood!