Mussels & Health Effects

Mussels are often an overlooked source of nutrition. According to Yale-New Haven Hospital, when people decide to cut cholesterol in their diets, they sometimes include shellfish, like shrimp. However, if you love seafood and other fish, keep in mind the health benefits of shellfish such as mussels. They have low levels of cholesterol and are nutritious.

Nutritional Value

According to MotherNature, 3 oz. of cooked mussels contains just 146 calories and has 20 g of protein and 6.3 g of carbohydrates. Consuming mussels is one way to get vital omega-3 fatty acids, according to the EUFIC. Mussels are also a good source of vitamin B12 and the minerals selenium and zinc.

Arthritis Benefits

According to the medical journal QJM, after observing Maori tribes, who traditionally ate mussels for arthritis and “suffered less arthritis than their inland relatives,” scientists studied the healing powers of green-lipped mussels. Although studies were inconclusive about the effects of these mussels on the treatment of certain types of arthritis, research lead to the development of important anti-inflammatory medications for arthritis.

Cooking and Safety

Look for quality mussels when purchasing. They should not have an odor or be open, according to MotherNature. Refrigerate live mussels in an open bowl that is covered with a slightly wet towel. They will die if they are stored in a closed container or in water. It’s best to cook mussels as soon as you can, but you can keep them refrigerated for nearly a week, explains the site.

Watch for warnings about mussels and other fish in your region. Check government websites, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for current warnings also. If consuming mussels for the first time, consider possible shellfish allergies you or others may have. People with liver conditions and related ailments should check with their health care provider before consuming shellfish, says MotherNature.

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