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THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE SIMPLE SNAIL

One of the staff in the hospital where I work came into my office the other day to ask if I was interested in buying snails I was of course  interested but when she told me that only 12 pieces of the snail was going for 2500 naira (about $15)I started calculating that 2500 naira  can buy me two and half kilos of goat meat that I can use to make two pots of soup.But when I remembered the health benefits of snail as against meat, I decided to buy it.I want to share with you, the health benefits of snail so that you can start making snail part of your diet if not every day , at least twice a week.
In Africa, snail meat has generally been a major source of protein in the diet
The edible portion is said to contain about 88.37% protein which contains all essential amino acids needed  for normal metabolic activities it also contains ,calcium ,magnesium, zinc, iron and very low fat content.In addition, there are claims that snail meat has medicinal values and can be used to treat ailments like whooping cough ,anemia and high blood pressure due to its relatively low cholesterol level, high mineral content and high potassium content.
In general, iron from animal sources are absorbed more readily than iron from vegetables and cereals which makes snail meat an excellent source of iron in the body and can also play a role in combating iron deficiency anemia.It is therefore advisable that women of childbearing age,pregnant women and teenage girls who are really in need of iron should incorporate snails as part of their routine diet.
Zinc supplementation helps in the optimal healing of burns,surgical incisions and reduction of child mortality.this observation is probably the reason for the use of snail by traditional  people in healing amputated fingers when adequately consumed as part of the meal.
Consumption of 100g of snail meat in diet can alone provide the daily requirements of zinc in adults
Snails are also a great source of the valuable  lectin,   possesses anti-cancer properties and helps in boosting the immune system and fighting against cancerous cells .The snail slime is extremely rich in  allantonin, collagen and elastin , which is beneficial for the treatment of skin diseases and broken bones. The secretions also have a copper peptide, which is regarded as the only source of a substance manufactured for creating creams that are useful in minimizing scars and wounds.Serum secreted by these snails is an excellent source of oligosaccharides that act as a hydrator for the skin. When applied directly on the skin, this serum works wonders for acne, enhances natural glow and protects skin cells from environmental damage.The venom extracted from the ocean snail is highly beneficial for people suffering from addictions, depression and Parkinson’s disease. This substance produces a synthetic version of the toxin that blocks or stimulates receptors, which release chemicals in the brain.In addition, toxins excreted by snails are valuable in stimulating dopamine, found lacking in people with neurological diseases.
Please do not hesitate to drop your comments and let us know of other benefits that you think snail has.
BUT REMEMBER, GOOD HEALTH IS A CONTINUOUS HABIT NOT AN EVENT  
Article sources.
http://recipeclout.india-server.com/snails.html
http://www.academia.edu/3192766/

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