Saturday, June 13, 2009

Oysters, Hair, and Body

SHORT BACKGROUND ON OYSTERS: Oysters are an excellent source of zinc with the raw wild eastern variety containing almost 1500% of the daily value. This shellfish also has a good amount of iron, copper, manganese, selenium, and vitamin B-12. The quantity of these nutrients varies depending on the oyster and how it is prepared.

OYSTERS FOR THE HAIR:
*Ranked among the "Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair" on WebMD
*Zinc - deficiency may result in hair loss
*Iron - deficiency may result in increased sensitivity of the follicle to growth-inhibitory agents
*Copper - helps the body produce the pigment called melanin, thus contributing to hair color; also important for iron metabolism
*Vitamin B-12 - deficiency may contribute to hair loss

OYSTERS FOR THE BODY:
*Zinc - strengthens immune system; involved in cellular metabolism; supports normal growth; involved in protein synthesis; etc.
*Iron - deficiency results in associated anemia
*Copper - helps the body utilize iron; helps the body produce melanin contributing to skin color; critical for normal thyroid gland function
*Selenium - important for metabolism; antioxidant properties
*Vitamin B-12 - maintains healthy nerve cells and red blood cells

HIGH ZINC INTAKE:
Beware of consuming too much zinc. "High zinc intake symptoms include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and headaches". Please consult your doctor BEFORE adjusting your diet.

SOURCES & MORE READS:
ABOUT ZINC #1
ABOUT ZINC #2
IRON
ABOUT COPPER #1
ABOUT COPPER #2
SELENIUM
VITAMIN B-12
HAIR, IRON & ZINC: Dermatology by Wolfram Sterry, Ralf Paus, Walter H. C. Burgdorf - 2006

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