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Abstract

Role of oyster mushroom (Pleurotus florida) as hypocholesterolemic/antiatherogenic agent.

Abstract

Feeding of P. florida (2 g DW/kg, daily, for 2 months) in the diet to hypercholesterolaemic rabbits resulted in lowering of total lipid, total cholesterol and glyceride levels of the plasma and liver, whereas heart lipids were not affected. HDL cholesterol/total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol/LDL cholesterol ratios increased in experimental animals demonstrating the antiatherogenic potential of this edible fungus. Histopathological studies showed little or no atherosclerosis in the aorta and heart of the treated animals, in contrast to the control animals which showed coronary atherosclerosis and mild aortic atherosclerosis.