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As far as nutrients go, mussels are very much a "power" food and contain high and ultra-healthy levels of the following:
Protein. Proteins help develop antibodies as well as build and repair the body tissues. That’s essential to note for anyone looking to add seafood to a fitness diet. An average serving of mussels has 18g of protein.
Iron. Mussels are also an excellent source of iron, a factor in red blood cell formation. An average serving of mussels has 5mg of iron.
Antioxidants. Fruits and vegetables can’t corner all the credit when it comes to being in the pros for providing antioxidants – mussels have them too!
Zinc. Mussels are very high in zinc and zinc plays a big roll in energy metabolism in the body. An average serving of mussels has 2mg of zinc.
Vitamin C. Mussels are a good source of Vitamin C, which is rare among protein sources. A 75 gram serving of mussels provides 10 milligrams of Vitamin C. Compare this to a 100 gram size serving of watermelon cubes which provides 9 milligrams.
Selenium. Mussels are an excellent source of selenium, a mineral that is considered a dietary antioxidant involved in the formation of a protein that defends against oxidative stress.
So, mussels are much more than a pleasure to serve, they are a power house of good nutrition.
Other important vitamins and nutrients found in mussels include: phosphorus, manganese, riboflavin, thiamine and the vitamin B12.
Sources: FDA and Health Canada