For our south south and Ibo brethren, Periwinkles are a staple item in their diet and a real local soup can never be complete without this core ingredient.
If you have been eating this and you do not know the health benefits, now is the time to find out.
Here are some health benefits:
Periwinkles provide a low-calorie source of protein which is essential for building and repairing muscle and is also better at filling you up than other carbohydrate filled meals and fat. Many people look to seafood as an easy source of protein, but in actual fact, periwinkles have more.
Periwinkles are also a good source of iron, essential for building red blood cells and carrying energy around the body. A lack of iron in the body will lead to extreme fatigue and anaemia.
3. Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is often called the ‘energy vitamin’, and it is mostly needed for making red blood cells, keeping the nervous system healthy, releasing energy from the food we eat and processing folic acid. Luckily, periwinkles have lots of it.
Periwinkles are also a good source of magnesium, which our bodies need to maintain a normal blood pressure, strengthen bones and also keep our heartbeat regular.
We don’t need much selenium in our bodies, but we do need some to keep a healthy immune system and to protect cells against damage. And yes, Periwinkle contain selenium.
Periwinkles have heart-loving fatty acids. They also supply a little Omega-3 which is good news for your heart.
Although they contain nowhere near the levels found in oily fish, they are still a fabulous source of Omega- 3.