Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) lives up its name. The mushroom is said to look, smell, and taste just like an oyster. Oyster mushrooms can be found growing in layers on dead, deciduoud woods. The mushrooms can be found growing throughout North America. They can be white, gray, or brown. Oyster mushroom is a good source of niacin, riboflavin, and vitamin D. It also contains protein and fiber. Oyster mushrooms are best known for their cardiovascular and cholesterol-controlling beneifts. Main constituents include mevinolin and related compounds. Additional activites of oyster mushroom include antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and immune-boosting.
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