What are the nutritional benefits of oyster mushroom? Why has it become so popular these past several years?

Oyster Mushroom

Oyster mushroom is a fungus and a genus from gilled mushrooms. It had become a popular staple because of its delicious taste as the main ingredient or as an add-on to many dishes.

These types of mushrooms are fat-free and low in sodium. It is also low in calories, therefore, a lot of health-conscious individuals include it in their diet.

Oyster mushrooms are rich in polysaccharides. Polysaccharides help boost the immune system. Many believe that consuming oyster mushrooms help fight diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and respiratory tract infections.

There are several findings in the scientific community on the health benefits of this wonderful fungi. 

Cancer. A study conducted in 2008 has found to suppress tumor growth in breast and colon cancer cells. Also, an experiment done has demonstrated that mushroom extract may fight the growth of new cancer cells by activating more immune cells.

Immune Function. Another study focused on the immune system enhancing capabilities of mushroom showed possible health improvements in participants who included these fungi in their diet for 8 weeks.

High Cholesterol. A research done in 2013 found that mushrooms when consumed regularly increased the subject’s antioxidant levels which in turn lowered bad cholesterol. High cholesterol is bad for the heart and is associated with many cardiovascular diseases that cause death.

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