Why are the snails useful?
Benefits to the body are essential nutrients that the human body cannot synthesize on its own, and must receive them from food. All biological elements that play a significant role in the development of the organism are divided into macro- and microelements.
The body of every living creature contains a set of chemicals that make this creature live. Maintaining the amount of these elements at the proper level directly depends on the consumed products.
For example, Choline (B4), is not synthesized by the human body, although it is an important component for the proper development of the nervous system. It regulates the level of insulin in the blood, and constitutes a part of liver phospholipids, helping to transport and break down fats.
Snails have unique qualities
Some years ago, we could not imagine a product on the gastronomic market, the composition of which would have contained so many useful substances and nutritional components.
In terms of chemical characteristics, this product has a low calorie content, 90 kcal, which equates it to a dietary product. A large amount of protein, is 21.2% of the daily requirement, whiles the absence of cholesterol, makes this product extremely popular
Due to its composition and chemical characteristics, shellfish help to heal many diseases, and is also prescribed by doctors as a prophylactic agent.
Snail mucus is used in cosmetology. Its content is:
- Mucin – a protein that helps in the process of skin regeneration, healing of wounds and stimulates the production of collagen;
- Allantoin is involved in the regeneration of skin cells;
- Collagen makes the skin elastic;
- elastin takes part in wound healing, gives elasticity, contains non-polar acids, which help regulate fat cells;
- Glycolic acid saturates with moisture, vitamins, nourishes;
- Antibiotics protect against pathogenic effects;
- Vitamins A, C, E nourish, moisturize, saturate the skin with nutrients.
Absence of any harm to organism is another feature of snails. There is an individual sensitivity to the components, but doctors can hardly remember such cases.
Nutritionists recommend these mollusks to be included in the daily diet for people with diabetes, pregnant women, and adolescents with a lack of calcium and people with a violation of the kidneys, liver.
Facts from the past
The first facts about medicinal properties of mollusks appeared in ancient Greece. Pliny the Elder, an activist, encyclopaedist of the time, recommended treating problems with the stomach, lungs, liver, decoctions, and infusions with snails’ meat.
After a long oblivion, snails are gaining popularity in all vital industries, from the food of the poor to the exquisite delicacy for gourmets.