Oysters are salt-water bivalve molluscs that live in brackish marine habitats. Shells are highly calcified and irregular in shape. Oysters are consumed cooked or raw and are commonly regarded as a delicacy.
According to John Staughton in “8 Wonderful Benefits of Oysters”, health benefits include the ability of oysters to aid in weight loss, boost metabolic activity, increase tissue repair and growth, lower cholesterol levels, reduce blood pressure, improve immune functions, aid in wound healing, and promote healthy growth. Furthermore, they are known to be a powerful aphrodisiac, and also increase bone strength to reduce osteoporosis.
The valves in oysters can actually cleanse the entire ecosystem of pollutants and are a major benefit to the environment.
The shells are made of 98% pure calcium carbonate, containing about 35% calcium. The carbonate comes from the carbon dioxide in the environment. (Bingo!)
I am told that oysters and absinthe are a match made in heaven. “The combination of briny, mineral-rich oysters and the soft fennel and mint of the absinthe strikes a chord with the American palate” says Ben Crispin, the maître d’ of a fancy Brooklyn restaurant called Maison Premiere