Johnny Wells, grandfather of ISPEI co-founder Jason John Wells

A Delectable History: Oysters of Prince Edward Island, Canada

Introduction Prince Edward Island (PEI) – the smallest province of Canada – boasts a rich oyster harvesting history spanning over two centuries. Renowned for its unique marine treasures and lush environment, PEI holds its oyster close to its heart. Islanders and visitors alike relish in the unparalleled culinary experience offered by the delectable mollusks. This post will guide you through the fascinating history of oyster farming on this picturesque island....

April 10, 2023 · Jason John Wells
 Functions provided by intact oyster reef habitats. Image courtesy of Fitzsimmons et al. 2019

Reviving Oyster Reefs in Prince Edward Island: A Revitalized Ecosystem

Introduction Canada’s Prince Edward Island is known for its breath-taking scenery, diverse wildlife and, more importantly, its rich seafood heritage. The coastal waters of the island are home to diverse marine species, including the American oyster. However, the oyster populations have faced significant decline in the past few decades due to environmental degradation, invasive species, and selective hearing. This article delves into the concept of oyster reef restoration and its importance in revitalizing the aquatic ecosystem in Prince Edward Island....

April 10, 2023 · Jason John Wells

Vitamin D From The Sea: PEI Oysters Are A Great Source

Oysters, nature’s powerhouse of nutrients, contain an astonishing range of vitamins and minerals. Their unique, briny-sweet flavor dances on your tongue, while their robust nutritional profile works unseen wonders in your body. Out of the multitude of benefits that oysters offer, one that outshines the rest is the abundance of Vitamin D. Much-admired for its beneficial role in upkeeping bone health, Vitamin D also arguably plays a pivotal role in maintaining immune system health, reducing inflammation, and managing mood disorders....

April 10, 2023 · Jason John Wells
Dataset Samples from ISPEI co-founder Jason s fall 2021 oyster fishing season

Unlocking the Secrets of Omega-3 Sources: Comparing Oyster and Plant-Based Fatty Acids in Dietary Supplements

Introduction The popularity of omega-3 fatty acids has taken the world by storm. A staple in the health and nutrition industry, these vital nutrients have been linked with numerous health benefits, including improved cardiovascular function, reduced inflammation, and enhanced cognitive performance. The main types of dietary omega-3 fatty acids are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), commonly found in fish and seafood, and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), mainly sourced from plant-based foods....

April 10, 2023 · Jason John Wells
Oyster Meat Supplement, by Island Spirit PEI Inc.

Dive into the Nutrient Sea - Oysters and Essential Amino Acids

Introduction Good nutrition is a vital part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. One of the essential building blocks of good nutrition is protein. Proteins are made up of amino acids, which are crucial components of our body’s chemical structure. Of the 20 amino acids found in proteins, nine are labelled as ’essential,’ signifying the body cannot produce them on its own. Therefore, we must obtain these essential amino acids (EAAs) through dietary sources....

April 10, 2023 · Jason John Wells
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Demystifying Bioavailability: A Crucial Factor for Health Supplements

Introduction When it comes to choosing the right health supplements, the conversation often revolves around selecting quality ingredients or determining the right dosages. However, there’s another critical aspect that deserves equal attention: bioavailability. In this blog post, we delve into the concept of bioavailability, its importance, and various factors that influence it in health supplements. What is Bioavailability? Bioavailability refers to the proportion of a substance, in our case a nutrient, that is absorbed and utilized by our body when consumed in the form of health supplements....

April 10, 2023 · Jason John Wells
Johnny Wells, grandfather of ISPEI co-founder Jason John Wells

About Us

ISPEI is a startup founded by oyster harvester Jason Wells and his graphic designer wife Junko Suzuki.

April 10, 2023 · Jason John Wells
Oyster calcium supplement, by Island Spirit PEI Inc.

Oyster Shell Calcium vs. Limestone - A Comprehensive Comparison of Calcium Supplements

Introduction Calcium is a vital mineral, essential for maintaining strong bones and teeth, proper muscle function, and overall well-being. It’s no surprise that people often turn to supplements to ensure that they receive their daily-recommended dose. Amidst a plethora of options available on the market, two popular sources of calcium supplementation have gained prominence - oyster shell calcium and limestone. This article seeks to provide an in-depth comparison of these two supplements to help you make an informed decision about your calcium needs....

April 10, 2023 · Jason John Wells
A lot of oyster shells

Eco-friendly Oyster Shells As A Sustainable Source of Calcium

Introduction Island Spirit PEI has worked on research projects with Bio|Food|Tech Bio|Food|Tech to develop Natural Health Products from oyster, including calcium from oyster shells. Most of us are aware of the calcium content in oyster shells, as they are often recommended as a dietary supplement for animals and humans. However, the versatility and benefits of these shells go beyond their nutritional value. Oyster shell is composed of protein polysaccharides, minerals such as magnesium and phosphorus, and boasts a whopping 95% calcium carbonate content....

April 8, 2023 · Jason John Wells

A Deep Dive into Vitamin D : Natural vs. Synthetic Sources

Title: A Deep Dive into Vitamin D : Natural vs. Synthetic Sources Vitamin D, often referred to as the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’, is a unique nutrient that holds an indispensable place in the roster of essential vitamins needed for our wellbeing. Unlike most other nutrients which are predominantly derived from the foods we consume, our bodies mainly produce Vitamin D through exposure to sunlight. This fat-soluble vitamin has several vital functions, most notably being associated with healthy bone growth, immune function, and reduction in inflammation....

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