Pleurotus ostreatus

PleurotusOyster mushroom – Pleurotus relaxes muscles, sinews and joints. It is an important vitamin B source and lowers the blood’s homocysteine level.

The Pleurotus is rich in B vitamins such as B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B5 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin) or B12 (cobalamin). In addition, it contains folic acid and vitamins C and D (calciferol). A quarter of the mushroom’s dry substance consists of proteins and contains all essential amino acids.

B vitamins help the body to extract energy from fats, carbohydrates and proteins and are responsible for the function of neural cells and muscles. Vitamin D (calciferol) promotes the formation of bone and prevents osteoporosis. A sufficient B vitamin supply from food is ensured by the consumption of fish, meat and innards/ giblets. However, vegetarians and those suffering from high uric acid levels or gout won’t consume these high-purine foods. Here, Pleurotus can play an important role as vitamin B source.

The folic acid also contained in Pleurotus is a significant factor in blood formation and promotes the growth of new cells, also in the bone marrow. Moreover, Pleurotus lowers the blood homocysteine level. This is very important, since a high level of folic acid and B vitamins in combination with low homocysteine reduces the risk of cardio-vascular diseases. In contrast, increased homocysteine levels entail higher risks for the development of vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Another significant ingredient in Pleurotus is the ß-glucane (polysaccharide) pleuran. It has antioxidative properties and can inhibit the spread of metastases. Additionally, Pleurotus has been found to contain a protein with antiviral properties.

Animal tests have demonstrated that Pleurotus has a protective effect on organisms exposed to larger amounts of chemical substances. This is because the mushroom activates the body’s antioxidant enzymes (superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione system).

A further important property of Pleurotus is its ability to lower the lipoprotein content, i.e. the cholesterol and triglyceride levels in blood and liver. At the same time, HDL is raised.

Studies performed by the Prague Food Research Institute demonstrated that Pleurotus ostreatusto promotes the growth of probiotic bacteria in the intestinal flora. The generation of lactobacilli, enterococci and bifidobacteria is increased. This in turn positively affects the intestinal flora and the intestinal immune system. This is highly beneficial, e.g. after ingesting antibiotics.

Verified effects from research

    • The growth of lactobacilli, enterococci and bifidobacteria is promoted.

Application in Traditional Chinese Medicine

    • relaxes muscles, sinews and joints; strengthens the veins

    • expels wind and cold

    • supports the treatment of lumbago.


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    • Lelley, Prof. Dr. J.: "Die Heilkraft der Pilze", GAMU, Krefeld, 2003
    • Komarkova E. et al.: "Prebiotics from Pleurotus ostreatus and P. eryngii"; Int. Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Vol. 9, 2007


The effects described are based on the ingestion of medicinal mushroom powder which is prepared from the whole mushroom. Please seek advice from your therapist before using.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.