Unique Health Benefits of Oyster Mushrooms

By:Shashank Alshi, Updated: Jan 19, 2022 | 18:26 IST

Oyster Mushroom

Oyster mushroom belongs to the basidiomycetes class and Agaricaceae family. In India, oyster mushrooms are known as ‘dhingri’. It is mostly grown in tropical forests on decaying and dead wooden logs. Oyster mushrooms are found in different colours like grey, light brown, and white. They are grown at moderate temperatures. In India, oyster mushrooms are mostly produced in Karnataka, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, and most of the northeastern hill states. They are famous for adding a crunchy, chewy distinct flavour to curries, soups and ramen bowls.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF OYSTER MUSHROOM
Oyster mushroom is linked with many health benefits. Oyster mushrooms are very nutritious. They can be eaten raw and can be added to salads, and they can be cooked, stir fry, or grilled. Oyster mushroom contains good amounts of antioxidants it helps to lower the cellular damage in our body. These mushrooms may have anti-tumour properties and they also it has anti-inflammatory properties. Oyster mushrooms are rich in protein content.

VARIOUS HEALTH BENEFITS OF OYSTER MUSHROOM

  • It prevents anaemia.
  • Boosts immune system.
  • Maintains blood sugar levels.
  • Lowers bad cholesterol levels.
  • Aids in weight loss.
  • Detoxifies the body.
  • Prevents osteoporosis.
  • Improves brain health.
NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF OYSTER MUSHROOM
100gm of oyster mushroom has the following nutritional composition.

NUTRITIONAL FACT

MEASURE%(DV)

Calories

113

Fat

0.1

Protein

2.5

Calcium

2%

Phosphorus

17%

Vitamin C

0%

Potassium

10%

Zinc

12%

Sodium

0%

KEY HEALTH BENEFITS OF OYSTER MUSHROOMS

  1. Boosts immunity: Oyster mushrooms contain beta-glucans. They improve immune health. Oyster mushrooms are loaded with many other antioxidants. This may help to prevent free radical damage and oxidative stress.
  2. It has anti-inflammatory properties: Oyster mushrooms have antioxidants and amino acids which helps to reduce inflammation. Ergothioneine is a unique amino acid that reduces the systemic inflammation of the entire body.
  3. Maintains cholesterol levels: Oyster mushroom contains no cholesterol and has a savoury flavour. Consumption of oyster mushrooms helps to lower cholesterol levels and triglycerides among type 2 diabetic patients.

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