Oyster Mushroom: The Latest Intervention

Updated: Apr 11, 2019

Due to the lack of rainfall in Palkot this year, mushroom was thought to be a viable option for an alternative livelihood option which can bring nutrition to plate with less investment. Though the people in this part of the world is exposed to naturally grown mushroom, it was hard to do the dialoguing because they have never done mushroom cultivation before.

The discussion about ajivika of women from Neha SHG and Juhi SHG the idea of mushroom was put forward for the first time in which the groups showed their interest. Then SHG meeting in Bhaoratoli, the thought was shared again. The SHGs from both of the places wanted to go for an exposure, after which exposure to Kuli was arranged where the process of cultivation was demonstrated.

After the exposure four SHGs (Bhaoratoli- Navadeep SHG, Adivasi SHG, Laxmibai SHG Rokedega-Neha SHG) and seven women individually wanted to start it.14½ Kgs of Spawn, Chemicals (Bevastine+Formaline) and plastic bags were brought from Khunti Cooperative and the cultivation was started.

Eventually looking at the expansion and increasing demand of mushroom, Krishi Bagwani S.S. Samiti Ltd. Palkot started availing mushroom spawn at Palkot from Systematic Agro Based Research Center, Patna.

The intervention grew to two more blocks reaching about 200 families. Women like Sobha Devi, Sarita Devi, Sabita Manjhi and growing oyster mushroom with confidence and looking forward to tomorrow.

Benefits of Oyster Mushrooms

1. Lower Cholesterol Levels 2. Alleviate Inflammation 3. Packed with Antioxidants 4. May Block Cancer Growth 5. Boost Brain Health

1. May Lower Cholesterol Levels:

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is found throughout your body and is essential for health. Cholesterol is an important component of your cell membranes and is required for the synthesis of cholesterol, bile acids, and certain vitamins and hormones. Excess cholesterol, however, can build up in your blood, forming fatty deposits in the arteries and increasing your risk of heart disease and stroke. Oyster mushrooms have been shown to help lower cholesterol naturally and fast in some animal studies. A study showed that supplementation with oyster mushrooms helped reduce total cholesterol levels by 37 percent.

2. Alleviate Inflammation

Inflammation is a normal immune response designed to protect the body against infection and disease. Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is believed to be associated with a higher risk of conditions like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Oyster mushrooms have been shown to possess powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Oyster mushrooms are able to reduce the secretion of multiple markers of inflammation in the body. This could have far-reaching benefits, as decreasing inflammation may help provide relief from many inflammatory conditions ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to inflammatory bowel disease.

3. Packed with Antioxidants: Antioxidants are compounds that help fight free radicals and prevent damage to cells. Antioxidants may play a central role in health and disease and can help fight oxidative stress to reduce the risk of certain chronic conditions. Oyster mushrooms are loaded with health-promoting antioxidants, which may account for their multitude of health benefits. Oyster mushrooms are effective at increasing antioxidant levels in the body and neutralizing harmful free radicals. Necessary materials to grow 1 kg Oyster Mushroom Spawn – 1 kg Carbendazim – 10 gm Formalin- 120 ml Straw- 10 kg Water- 100 liter Poly Propylene Bag- 10 pc

4. May Block Cancer Growth

One of the most impressive oyster mushroom benefits is its powerful effect on cancer cells. Thanks to their high content of antioxidants as well as their anti-inflammatory properties, oyster mushrooms may be able to help inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer, making oysters mushrooms potential cancer-fighting foods. Oyster mushrooms were able to inhibit the growth and spread of breast and colon cancer cells. Oyster mushroom extract had therapeutic effects against colorectal tumour and leukaemia cells.

5. Boost Brain Health

Oyster mushrooms are rich in many of the nutrients believed to enhance brain function. Niacin, for instance, has been shown to protect against Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline in older adults in clinical research. Riboflavin supplementation may have therapeutic effects against Brown’s syndrome, a type of motor neuron disorder. 6. Antiviral Oyster mushrooms can exert both direct and indirect antiviral effects through immune systemenhancing activity. Ubiquitin is an antiviral protein isolate from oyster mushrooms. The mushroom also has potential to inhibit cell replication in viruses including HIV.

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