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Pearl oyster mushrooms: medicine you can grow at home

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Among the many food items you can grow in your own home, whether a tiny apartment or sprawling mansion, there are some that are not only delicious but important to your health. Pearl oyster mushrooms are one of the easiest in this category. Despite the usual fat little white button mushrooms we normally find in stores, this variety is becoming more well-known for its culinary value. In addition to that, though, it has an amazing medicinal aspect being explored more by science. Those concerned with using food for health, along the lines of Hippocrates’ instruction to “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine, thy food” should pay close attention to this fantastic fungus.

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The benefits of this particular mushroom range from production of natural statins, which lower LDL cholesterol, to combating cancer. A chemical known as a pleuran is found in the pearl oyster species, thought to be capable of reducing tumors. This substance, a polysaccharide called beta d-glucan, is a complex carbohydrate currently being researched in connection with its possible role in cancer treatment. The National Institutes of Health have some interesting information (at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1193547/ regarding the research being done with pearl oyster and other types of mushroom.

Whether you choose to shop for pearl oysters or grow your own from a kit (highly recommended), you will find them not only delicious but an important tool, perhaps, one day, in keeping yourself healthy without resorting to pharmaceutical substances. A recommened website to find these is https://www.backtotheroots.com/shop/mushroom-kit.

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