Oysters can be beneficial to the body in breaking down toxic chemicals. They seem to have the most promising effect on cholesterol levels and cancer.
Oysters naturally produce compounds called statins which are used in drugs to reduce “bad cholesterol” (LDL) by stimulating receptors in the liver to clear the cholesterol from the body. Hopefully future research will reveal exactly how much to eat to get these effects.
Research shows a possible anti-tumor effect from polysaccharides in oysters. A polysaccharide is a complex carbohydrate made up of smaller sugar molecules.
Specific polysaccharides, known as beta-D-glucans, are suspected to stimulate the immune system to fight cancer. The beta-D-glucan isolated from oyster mushrooms is called pleuran. Studies are ongoing into the effects of pleuran for cancer treatment.