They may be a luxurious treat
but scallops can also help
boost your vitamin B12 and
magnesium intake to protect
the arteries and bones.

Scallops are an excellent source of vitamin B12, which is needed by the body to deactivate homocysteine, a chemical that can damage blood vessel walls. High homocysteine levels are also linked with osteoporosis. A recent study found that osteoporosis occurred more frequently among women whose vitamin B12 status was deficient. A high intake of vitamin B12 has also been shown to be protective against colon cancer. Scallops are also a very good source of magnesium and a regular intake helps build bone, release energy, regulate nerves, and keep the heart healthy. Deficiency can cause abnormal heart rhythms.

  • Low in calories and fat so ideal for dieters.

  • Rich in magnesium, which has several roles to play in body maintenance.

  • A good source of vitamin B12 for arterial and bone health.

  • Regular intake may help to protect against colon cancer.

Practical tips:

Fresh scallops should have flesh that is white and firm, have no evidence of browning, and be free of odor. Scallops should only be cooked for a few minutes since exposure to too much heat will cause them to become tough. The sweet flavor of scallops goes well with chile, cilantro, garlic, and parsley.

Scallops are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that helps the production of the moodenhancing serotonin in our brains and may help cure insomnia.

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