Are mussels good for you?

Steamed sea mussels

Prise open a mussel shell and you won’t just find a tasty sweet morsel, you’ll discover one of nature’s ultimate superfoods – packed with vitamins and minerals that your body needs.

Best of all, they are low in calories and saturated fat, making them a tasty treat you can feel good about.

Introducing mussels into your diet can bring a whole host of unexpected health benefits. And being quick to cook, cheap to buy and sustainably harvested mean that eating mussels is a no brainer – and did we mention they’re good for your brain, too?

Here are just a few of the many health benefits of mussels:

Boost immune system health

Mussels give a helpful boost to your immune system with a good source of zinc, iron and selenium. Zinc is needed to help fight off nasty bacteria or viruses. And selenium and iron help with producing healthy red blood cells.

Promote healthy skin

Mussels can help keep you looking and feeling your best. Mussels are rich in zinc and omega 3 fatty acids, both have anti-inflammatory properties and help to reduce inflammation, which is one of the causes of skin aging.

Promote healthy hair and nails

With a high dose of selenium found in mussels, you can keep your hair and nails strong. It can prevent brittle hair and white spots on the nails. And selenium can also help to improve your overall immune system. Your whole body can benefit from eating mussels.

Promote heart health

Mussels contribute to a healthy heart, being high in omega-3 fatty acids but low in saturated fat. According to research conducted by the Australian Heart Association, these unsaturated fats help to lower the risk of developing abnormal heartbeats. This can help to reduce cholesterol build-up and therefore reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack.

Mussels meat on a wooden board

Prevent aenemia

Mussels contain a high amount of iron. Your body needs iron to help produce a healthy number of red blood cells. Eating mussels can help to increase your iron intake and prevent aenemia.

Reduce arthritis

Mussels might seem like an unlikely source of relief from arthritis… but with high amounts of omega 3-fatty acids, research has proven that mussels can help relieve pain and inflammation from arthritis.

Support healthy cellular function

Every cell in your body needs protein to function at its best. Protein provides structural support to your cells, helping to maintain their shape, cellular function and overall health. With a single serving of mussels delivering around 20 grams of protein or 30% of your daily intake… you’ll be giving your body the best.

Help the circulatory system

Mussels are high in iron, vitamin A and protein. On top of helping to produce healthy numbers of red blood cells, they can facilitate healthy circulation to vital organs and muscles by strengthening the arterial walls and improving blood flow.

Steamed mussels in white wine sauce

Improve mood and concentration

Mussels can help improve your physical and mental health. They have a good dose of vitamin B12, which is vital for brain health. Healthy levels of vitamin B can improve concentration, memory, clear thinking and good mood.

Improve brain function

Mussels are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin B12… both vital nutrients to protect your brain health and preserve your memory as you age. Research shows that high levels of omega 3 fatty acids can slow rates of brain shrinkage over time.

Mussels - good for you, your body and your mind

Serve up mussels and you get a lot more than just a tasty meal with mussels. You get an abundance of vitamins and minerals to fuel your body and mind.

Being a natural source of protein and high in iron, mussels will help keep your body performing at its best. Enjoy all the health benefits that mussels bring by putting them on your shopping list.

You can find Eyre Peninsula Seafoods premium mussel brands at your local supermarket or speciality store. Pick up a packet of mussels today to get the most of one of nature’s superfoods.