The fame of Pleurotus (Pleurotus ostreatus) is due to the research of Dr. Bobek, a researcher at the University of Bratislava (Slovakia), as well as a pioneer of studies on Pleurotus. The professor is one of the world's leading experts on this Medicinal Mushroom: his work has highlighted its numerous benefits in tackling problems related to high cholesterol.
In the last twenty years a lot of research has also appeared from other scientists - Koreans, Americans and Indians - who have confirmed the results of Dr Bobek himself and have further highlighted that Pleurotus protects the liver by increasing its purifying (cytochrome p450) and antioxidant (superoxide dismutase SOD and glutathione GSH) ability.
The beneficial properties of Pleurotus have been highlighted quite recently.
This Medicinal Mushroom, in fact, was not used much in ancient times in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Pleurotus (Pleurotus ostreatus) is a saprophytic lignicolous mushroom. The trees preferred by Pleurotus for its nourishment are the beech, the poplar, but also fruit trees. It grows almost all over the world: Asia, Europe, North America and in deciduous forests.
Due to the shape of its cap, which is pearly in colour, it is also called the "oyster mushroom".
It is edible and has a good flavour, which is why it is highly appreciated in cooking and can be found easily, even in supermarkets.
In Pleurotus there are several active ingredients, in particular: