Dose- and time-dependent hypocholesterolemic effect of oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) in rats

Nutrition. 1998 Mar;14(3):282-6. doi: 10.1016/s0899-9007(97)00471-1.


The effect of the dose of oyster mushroom in the diet (1.0, 2.5, and 5.0%) and of the period of application (8, 16, 28, and 52 wk) on cholesterol accumulation in blood and body organs was studied in weanling male Wistar rats fed a diet containing 0.3% cholesterol. Reduction of cholesterol in serum and body organs was found to be dependent on the amount of dietary oyster mushroom administered. A negative correlation between the mushroom dose and cholesterol level was found after 8 and 28 wk of feeding (r=-0.9821 and -0.9803, respectively; P < 0.02 for both cases). The dose of 1% oyster mushroom did not affect cholesterol levels in serum or body organs. A significant reduction of cholesterol levels was observed in serum (31-46%) and liver (25-30%) at a dose of 5% of oyster mushroom for all periods. Reduced cholesterol content in very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL) was also observed at this level. The highest dose of oyster mushroom induced a decrease in conjugated diene levels in erythrocytes and an increase in the levels of reduced glutathione in the liver and stimulated the activities of catalase and glutathione peroxidase in the liver in the final period of the experiment.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anticholesteremic Agents*
  • Aorta / metabolism
  • Basidiomycota*
  • Catalase / metabolism
  • Cholesterol / blood*
  • Cholesterol / metabolism
  • Cholesterol, Dietary / administration & dosage
  • Diet
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Glutathione Peroxidase / metabolism
  • Kinetics
  • Liver / enzymology
  • Liver / metabolism
  • Male
  • Myocardium / metabolism
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Triglycerides / blood


  • Anticholesteremic Agents
  • Cholesterol, Dietary
  • Triglycerides
  • Cholesterol
  • Catalase
  • Glutathione Peroxidase