[Question] Does freeze-dried mussel powder have good stuff that vegan diets don’t?

Per­sonal back­ground for this ques­tion:

  • I’m a ve­gan for eth­i­cal rea­sons, mean­ing that I don’t want to con­tribute to the farm­ing of be­ings that can suffer.

  • I think that oys­ters and mus­sels prob­a­bly aren’t sen­tient.

  • Oys­ters and mus­sels seem pretty dis­gust­ing to me.

  • I would like to be healthy.

  • I am already tak­ing B12 and Omega-3 sup­ple­ments.

Oys­ters and mus­sels seem like they might have im­por­tant nu­tri­ents that one oth­er­wise can’t get in a ve­gan diet with­out sup­ple­men­ta­tion, just be­cause that an­i­mals are differ­ent to plants/​fungi/​etc., and hu­mans ate an­i­mals in the EEA. How­ever, due to their dis­gust­ing­ness, I can’t quite bring my­self to eat them.

Luck­ily, it turns out that one can buy cap­sules that con­tain freeze-dried green-lipped mus­sel pow­der. I’m pretty ex­cited about this prospect, but am some­what wor­ried that the freeze-dry­ing and pow­der­ify­ing pro­cess would de­stroy var­i­ous nu­tri­ents, or ren­der them mys­te­ri­ously in­effec­tive in the ways that I gather vi­tamin pills are mys­te­ri­ously less effec­tive than vi­tam­ins in food. I also imag­ine that maybe the re­ally im­por­tant nu­tri­ents are only found in (say) land mam­mals. Can any­body shed light on this?

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