Zinc is the second most abundant trace mineral in the human body. Six Noank Oysters contain 52 mg of zinc or 472% of our Daily Value. That’s the most of any naturally occurring food. Beef is a distant second at 15mg for a 5-ounce serving or 140% DV. Zinc is critical for immune system health, wound healing, cell division, and forming of DNA and proteins. Zinc is also critical to the production of testosterone in men. Oysters are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B-12, selenium (a powerful antioxidant), vitamin D, and iron.
Oysters and the Estuary
Noank Oysters produce huge environmental benefits as they live their lives. They filter huge volumes of water. At 65 degrees F, one adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day. It removes excess algae, sequesters carbon and removes nitrogen in the process, and increases water clarity. Oyster beds also provide habitat for hundreds of estuary species from plants and small invertebrates to juvenile and adult gamefish.