In addition to numerous sources and facts that snails are companions of the person that have been accompanying people for centuries, there are many facts and discoveries, demonstrating useful properties of these creatures and their use for health.
Helpful and nourishing properties of snails have long been documented by many scientists. These properties are so significant that snails can take high and prestigious place in the whole food pyramid.
In Ancient Greece Hippocrates studied properties of the snail and found that mucus is beneficial for hydration, regeneration and skin diseases healing. In addition, Hippocrates believed that the food consumption of snails has positive effect on the treatment of hernia and a variety of stomach diseases.
Venetians used snails as a medical healer, mixing them with syrup. They used such mixture to treat pulmonary diseases. They also used mixed slime with sugar to treat the throat, while mollusks themselves helped deal with arthritis and a range of parasites.
During the XIX century the amount of snails has increased because people got to know about the useful properties of shellfish, while artificial cultivation started in the 1960s.
Benefits and useful properties of grape and garden snails
Not all countries use snails in medicine and cosmetology; however this fashion is spreading around the world. For example, Japan has used the idea that snail mucus has exclusive properties and started making all kinds of skin and body creams and masks. Japanese started using snails for cosmetic procedures, as it is very rich and effectual treatment of aging skin changes. The Japanese use three major snails of Helix Asersa Muller type. The use of mucus of Helix Asersa Muller in cosmetology is effective to eliminate age-related problems.
European countries effectively use a cough syrup with a snail ingredient. Homeopathic syrups with such a composition have effective expectorant and diluting properties for cough and catarrh of the respiratory tract. They make rapid dilution and excretion of sputum from the lungs. Lastly, the helpful components, contained in it, help reinstate the injured epithelium of the larynx and bronchi. Syrups created with mucus, is able to heal whooping cough, cough with flu, parainfluenza, and acute and chronic bronchitis. There are no visible side effects.
The investigation of this extraordinary mollusk demonstrated that the use of it for food is positive to deal with violations of the calcium balance, because the content of calcium and vitamin A is high.
Many doctors and nutritionists advise snails for the diet of pregnant women and recommend to be included in the diet for children.The chemical composition of snails contains magnesium, which has a calming effect on the nervous system, fights stress, and improves lipid metabolism.In addition to all these advantages, snail also belongs to aphrodisiacs and plays significant role in increasing the male potency and the female libido. Therefore, snails are very beneficial for their content and properties.
Benefits of snails in Burgundy
Nutritional value of snails is high. Escargot has a fragile flavor and aroma. It differs from other types of snail meat with high protein and low fat content. Moreover, snail meat contains mineral salts, particularly calcium and iron, amino acids, contained in the soft part of its body. The calories content of shellfish is as following: one portion (a dozen) contains more than 80 calories. The scientists admitted that snails can be used for treatment of hypertriglyceridemia and hypercholesterolemia, but as a part diets for pregnant and lactating women. one more practical use of snails is diets for weight loss. Low calorie and low amount of fats contributes to weight loss and enhanced metabolism.
If to compare meat of shellfish with beef, chicken and flounder, the following differences can be found: beef has 214 calories, 15.4% fat, 18.8% protein and 62.8% water. Chicken, in turn contains 175 calories, 11% fat, 19.1% protein and 69.7% water. Flounder contains 82 calories, 2.6% fat, 15.9 proteins and 81.5% water. The snails’ meat contains 67 calories, 1.7% fat, 13.4% protein and 84.9% of water. These indicators prove that snails meat is not only useful, has excellent medical properties, but is dietary and can be used as a major ingredient for diets for pregnant women and children.