Oysters - A Great Natural Source of Iodine


Oysters! Molluscs! Some love them, some hate them! For those who love them, there are very good nutritional reasons to go ahead and enjoy. They are rich in essential minerals like iodine, iron, zinc, selenium, and vitamins D and B12, as well as protein, and of course as natures probiotic they are full of health giving bacteria.

Our soils in Australia are very poor in iodine, however seafood and seaweeds are high in this mineral; fuel for our thyroid function. Iodine helps us run at the right speed including digestion, tissue repair, nutrient absorption, mood and sleep. As a farmed creature, oysters rely on tidal nourishment for their growth, using what nature provides. If you are an oyster lover, a dozen a month is what I recommend (less if you have an overactive thyroid). 

If you have any health issues related to thyroid function such hair loss from your scalp, brittle fingernails and waking very tired each morning, please book in a session to come and see me and we can work through easy ways to adjust your iodine intake (among other things).  I’ll also reveal some of my favourite oyster sources!

Serving suggestions:
 - sprinkle finely with chopped spring onions
 - finely sliced pickled ginger (see my ginger pickle blog) with some soy sauce like Shoyu or tamari
 - diced finely pieces of cucumber, capers, or lemon zest, and of course fresh lemon or lime juice.

A big thanks to @moorhousecreative for the mouthwatering oyster photography!