Health Benefits of Oyster Mushrooms

By Adam Sayner | Blog

May 02
Oyster Mushrooms are not just tasty, they are really healthy too…but don’t just take our word for it!

​The health benefits of Oyster mushrooms have been enjoyed and appreciated in Asian cultures for thousands of years, and recent studies are shining a light on the nutritious and medicinal properties of these (and many other) amazing mushrooms.

Nutritional Benefits Of Oyster Mushrooms

Here's a quick look at why Oyster mushrooms are so good for you.

Oyster mushrooms are:

  • low in calories
  • fat free
  • cholersterol-free
  • gluten-free
  • very low in sodium

At the same time, they're also high in:

  • protein & fibre
  • iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus & selenium
  • calcium
  • folic acid
  • vitamins B1, B3, B5 & B12
  • vitamin C & vitamin D

Source: Medicinal Mushrooms, by Christopher Hobbs (1995)

Medicinal Benefits Of Oyster Mushrooms

But the benefits don’t end there. Recent studies have shown that Oyster mushrooms also have the following medicinal properties:

  • cholestoerol lowering
  • anti-oxidant
  • anti-cancer

Check out this in-depth article including references to scientific studies looking at Oyster mushroom health benefits.

Gaining In Popularity

Paul Stamets, an authority on mushrooms who’s written 6 books on the subject, has this to say about the oyster mushrooms:​

“Of all mushrooms commonly consumed, oyster mushrooms stand out as exceptional allies for improving human and environmental health. These mushrooms enjoy a terrific reputation as the easiest to cultivate, richly nutritious and medicinally supportive.”

Paul Stamets

The combination of great taste and health benefits explains why top chefs such as Raymond Blanc and Antonio Carluccio are huge mushroom fans. It might also go some way to explaining why in the UK mushrooms are now more popular than carrots, onions, broccoli and peppers!

Grow Your Own!

Although most supermarkets and food stores now often stock Oyster mushrooms, you'll find they're often grown far away and are in poor condition by the time they get to you. So the best way to enjoy maxium taste and nutritional benefit is to grow your own.

The easiest way is with a kit - visit our shop and pick up a GroCycle Mushroom Kit (UK only). It's super simple; you just need to spray with water each day and watch as the mushrooms grow within 14 days in your kitchen.