Hi, I am Mohanadas and welcome to my article on ‘benefits of mussels’.
Mussels are bivalved molluscs with a blue inner shell. They have two identical shells that cover and protect them and they feed by consuming plankton and other microscopic organisms from the huge amounts of water that they filter every day. They live attached to rocks and other hard surfaces along coastal areas, rivers and streams in many parts of the world. Today they are cultured in net bags or on ropes suspended from rafts floating on the water.
The most popular mussels in the market are the blue mussel and the green-lipped mussel.
Blue mussels can be found in cold and warm waters all over the world, however many of them are found along the northern Pacific and Atlantic coasts. Almost 300 different species can be found in the waters of the east coast of North America alone; although very few of them are edible.
Green-lipped mussels are native to the waters of New Zealand and surrounding areas.
Their delicately flavored but somewhat chewy flesh ranges from pale cream to bright orange in colour. The difference in colour of the meat has nothing to do with the difference in taste, although some do say that the orange meat is fleshier and tastier.
The orange meat is found in the shell of a mature female mussel, while the pale cream meat mussels are that of the males or immature females.
Quality mussels are easy to recognize. Fresh mussels smell clean, like the ocean, and the shells of live mussels are tightly closed.
Just before cooking, clean wild mussels by scrubbing with a stiff brush and pulling off the beard with a quick tug. Cultivated mussels need only be rinsed in cold water. To remove meat, either steam open or pry shells open and pick out meat.
Now let us go through the benefits of mussels
1. Fresh water mussels are filter feeders that consume detritus, bacteria, algae and diatoms thereby cleaning huge quantities of water. An individual mussel
can filter more than 70 litres of water per day. This is a key ecosystem service that maintains good water quality.
2. The hard shells are used to make spoons and hoes, crushed as temper to strengthen clay when firing pottery and made into jewelry. The pearls created by some species of some freshwater mussels were often strung into necklaces or used decoratively, inlaid as eyes into animal designs.
3. Pieces of mussel cells are cut and placed inside marine oysters to stimulate the formation of oyster pearls.
4. It is used by the greatest mussel based industry for the manufacture of pearl buttons.
5. The flesh of mussel is highly nutritional – The nutritional facts of 3 oz (84.9 gm) cooked mussels are as follows: Calories: 146, Protein: 20g, Carbohydrate: 6.3g, Total Fat: 3.8g, Fiber: 0.0g, Selenium: 76 mcg, and Vitamin B12: 20mcg, Zinc: 2.3mg and Folate: 64mcg.
6. The extracts of green lipped mussels inhibit the enzyme which causes inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids in extracts inhibit the activity of leukotriene and cyclo-oxygenase, both substances are associated with inflammation.
7. Green mussels are considered as super foods because they contain nutrients such as betain, iron and glycoaminoglycans which include chondroitin sulphate. All these substances show effect on relieving pain in the joints.
8. The study by the Irish Sea Fisheries Board highlights the fact that mussels contain more than double the amount of iron found in red meat and over 8 times as much as found in green leaf vegetables like cabbage. This is particularly important to combat anaemia in children.
9. High levels of iron in mussels benefit women who are pregnant.
10. Mussels contain omega-3 fatty acid which helps the development of brain.
11. Green lipped mussels reduce stomach ulcers.
12. Oil derived from green mussels is good for cardio vascular system.
13. It is good to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, ADD and ADHD.
14. It prevents Down’s syndrome.
15. This is good for irritable bowel system.
16. It reduces menstrual pain.
17. It is good for multiple sclerosis.
18. It is a free radicals scavenger because of the presence of an antioxidant called selenium.
19. It protects the gastro intestinal system.
20. It is good for psoriasis.
21. It is good for dermatitis (skin problems).
22. Australian mussels are rich in iodine which is essential for natural production of thyroid hormones that contribute to basic metabolism as well as helping our body to efficiently burn calories.
23. The mussel oil produced from mussels protects the skin from sun burn.
24. The mussel is good for the protection of eyes from ultraviolet rays.
25. It prevents oxidative hurt to the nervous system.
26. It is good for losing weight and slimming of body.
27. Mussel has vital ingredients for a healthy sex life.
28. More than two million British households now buy mussels. It could be because of new evidence that mussels improve heart health.
29. Asthma is associated with inflammation of the respiratory tract. Many people have remarked on the fact that breathing became much easier when taking green-lipped mussel oil.
30. DHA and EPA, two fatty acids present in mussels working together can lower the risk of heart attack.
31. Mussels help to break up thrombosis. This is the abnormal formation of a blood clot which can cause a stroke.
32. It can also prevent the buildup of a too high cholesterol level.
I hope you have gone through all the benefits of mussels. How do you feel about the importance of mussel? Is it a beneficial one? If yes, include mussel in your diet as much as possible and enjoy life.
Author Brief Bio --- Mr. Mohanadas is an administrator, teacher, environmentalist and a social worker. He has established a few educational institutions. Presently working as the Head of a Middle School. Side-by-side he is pursuing “Advanced Diploma Course in Counseling and Guidance”. He is interested to work for the upliftment of the poor and the downtrodden. His main hobbies are reading and gardening.