How useful are mussels and what is their nutritional value for men

  • August 19, 2018
  • InFood

Table of contents

  • Nutritional value of mussels
  • Than useful mussels for the male body
  • How to properly eat mussels

Mussels are one of the most refined seafood, characterized by a high protein content and a set of useful trace elements. The nutritional value of this mollusk is several times higher than the value of fish and meat. Mussels are useful for everyone, but especially for men.

These seafood are very popular in the Mediterranean countries. Slavic cuisine is not fully adapted to such an exotic delicacy, however, thanks to professional cooks, mussels are becoming a popular product in Russia.

Nutritional value of mussels

Seafood in the form of mussels is an indispensable dish because of their high nutritional value.


But for eating, only marine mussels are suitable, since freshwater is not suitable for eating.

This bivalve mollusk with a blue-black shell is a real storehouse of trace elements and vitamins:

  • vitamins of group B;
  • vitamins C, E, D;
  • phosphorus;
  • iron;
  • selenium;
  • manganese;
  • folate;
  • cobalt;
  • zinc.

The content of zinc in the male body plays a key role, as it takes part in the reproductive function, providing mobility of spermatozoa and improving their condition. Researches of scientists have shown, that at the men who used food additives with zinc, the ability to fertilization has increased and the quality of sperm has improved.

The composition of mussels is iodine, which has a very positive effect on the functioning of the thyroid gland, the immune system and metabolism.

Mussels are the source of a valuable fatty acid, like Omega-3, which has a positive effect on heart function. In the tender meat of this seafood contains a large amount of vitamin B12, manganese and selenium. A 100 g of meat fillet replenishes the third part of the daily norm of vitamin C and iron.

Meat of sea shellfish is a natural protein of the highest quality. The amino acid content of this product can be compared only with a chicken egg. In the meat of mussels is contained in, times more protein than in beef. Caloric content of a large piece of beef is equivalent to 13 mussels.


Along with a high content of nutrients, the fillet of mussels is dietetic. It does not contain saturated fats and is inferior in caloric content to animal meat and even fish.

Than useful mussels for the male body

The maintenance of a full complex of useful microelements helps not only in maintaining excellent health, but also in overcoming many diseases:

  • improvement of the cardiovascular system. Such a valuable acid, like Omega-3, is a natural cardioprotector, which reduces the risk of heart disease and seizures;
  • due to the content of phosphatides, mussels are useful for liver work;
  • polyunsaturated acids enhance brain activity;
  • prevention of arthritis;
  • improvement of vision;
  • prevention of oncological diseases;
  • strengthening immunity and restoring metabolism;
  • stabilization of digestive activity;
  • stimulation of blood formation, which is very important for blood diseases;
  • recovery of the body after radiation;
  • mussels are used in various diets for weight loss, due to the high content of nutrients and minimum calories;
  • increased potency due to the high content of zinc and protein.

The last paragraph plays a key role for men.The use of mussels affects male power so effectively that this seafood is even called "natural Viagra". Zinc together with selenium participates in the development of testosterone. Therefore, a lack of these elements in the body can lead to male infertility.

Mussels are a natural aphrodisiac. They increase male sexuality, improve reproductive functions in men, the viscosity of sperm and its quality.

The use of sea mussels positively affects the strengthening of joints. Therefore, men who have these seafood in their diet, are less likely to suffer from arthritis.

The protein of mussel meat, the value of which was mentioned above, is extremely important for men. It is the source of physical and mental performance. Protein participates in the work of muscles and promotes the formation of testosterone - the main male hormone.

In addition to the listed advantages of mollusks, mussels normalize the level of cholesterol in the blood, which prevents such diseases as: atherosclerosis, ischemic heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

Dietitians found that the regular use of mussels leads to the normalization of weight. The meat of mussels has a beneficial effect on brain activity and the nervous system, which is especially important for a modern man.

How to properly eat mussels

Dishes from mussels are served mainly in expensive restaurants. This is because this product is expensive and requires proper preparation. However, at the present time on the shelves of supermarkets a full assortment of sea delicacies is provided, among which there are mussels. Sea shellfish can also be cooked at home.


However, mussels are a perishable product, so it is very important to observe all the rules for their storage and preparation.

The fact is that the mussels that inhabit the sea serve as a kind of natural filter that absorbs all toxins and pathogenic bacteria. For this reason, it is recommended not to eat freshly caught shellfish. Before shipment to the consumer, mussels are kept in running water for a month so that all poisons and toxins come out of them.

Usually, producers grow mussels on special farms, where they are obtained ecologically clean.

When buying this seafood, they should be chosen with tightly closed and undamaged shells. The shell must be wet and smell of the sea. Keep them in the ice for no more than 2-3 days.

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At home, this product must be washed with running water, but do not soak in water, and also clean the knife with dirt from the shells. Mussels are recommended to cook and eat immediately, without leaving them the next day to avoid poisoning. And yet these shellfish very quickly lose their useful properties, so fresh they are much more useful.

This seafood is prepared directly in the shells: fried, baked, marinated. In Crimea, for example, pilaf with meat of mussels is very popular. In Korea, they are used for salads and snacks.

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In its raw form, mussels are usually not consumed. This is due not only to the taste characteristics, but also to avoid food poisoning. It is best to cook mussels for a couple of minutes, not more than 3-5 minutes. Steamed meat with lemon juice and added garlic with spices is an excellent dietary dish! Correctly cooked meat to taste like egg white hen with a slight sea smell and sweet taste.

This product positively affects male health, it increases the potency and overall tone of the body. Thus, mussels for men are extremely useful and simply necessary in the daily diet.