The BusinessVanguard had the opportunity to sit down with Millicent Oare, a public administrator and mushroom farmer who made a groundbreaking discovery of the medicinal properties of a local mushroom known as Pleurotus Tuber-regium. Together with her team, Dr. Emeka Araka, a naturopathic physician, and Mrs. Ngozi Mercy Onuaha, a businesswoman, skills and development coach, they uncovered the potential of this mushroom as an alternative source of income for farmers and a natural alternative to currently available treatments.

Enjoy Excerpts of this interview with Millicent Oare:

Q: Can you tell us about the specific type of mushroom you discovered?
A: The mushroom we discovered is known as Pleurotus Tuber-regium, commonly known as OSU or USU among the Igbos. It is a type of oyster mushroom that is native to Nigeria and has been traditionally used as a food source.


Q: How have you tested and proven the effectiveness of this mushroom in treating various ailments?
A: We have conducted extensive research on the medicinal properties of this mushroom. We have conducted laboratory tests and also carried out field trials on people with various illnesses such as high blood pressure, prostate cancer, and infertility in males with low sperm counts. The results have been promising and have shown that the mushroom can effectively treat these conditions.

Nigerian stamp with the image and inscription of Pleurotus tuber-regium


Q: What specific ailments can this mushroom treat?
A: The mushroom has been found to have medicinal properties that can help lower high blood pressure and other ailments related to the brain, such as high cholesterol. It also has the potential to help with other ailments such as prostate cancer and infertility in males with low sperm count.


Q: How does this mushroom compare to currently available treatments for these conditions?
A: This mushroom offers a natural alternative to currently available treatments. It is also easy to cultivate, making it an accessible source for farmers, and it can be processed into capsules and liquids for the healthcare industry, as well as flour for baking, noodles, and flakes for the food industry.


Q: How can the government support the cultivation and distribution of this mushroom?
A: The government can support the cultivation and distribution of this mushroom by providing funding and resources for farmers to cultivate the mushroom and also by creating awareness about the potential of this mushroom among the population.


Q: How can people access and purchase the mushroom to use it medicinally?
A: People can access and purchase the mushroom through Lux Organic Farms. We are working towards commercializing the mushroom and making it accessible to more people.


Q: Are you planning to patent the mushroom or the process of growing it?
A: Yes, we are planning to patent the mushroom or the process of growing it in the future. This will protect our discovery and also ensure that we can continue to invest in research and development to improve the cultivation and distribution of the mushroom.


Q: How long have you been researching this mushroom?
A: We have been researching this mushroom for two years and we are excited to see the potential it holds for both healthcare and agriculture.


Q: Are there any potential side effects or risks associated with using this mushroom medicinally?
A: So far, there are no known side effects or risks associated with using this mushroom medicinally. However, as with any medication, it is always important to consult with a healthcare professional before using it.


Q: How much of the mushroom is needed to see therapeutic benefits?
A: We have found that 10mg of the mushroom is needed to see therapeutic benefits.


Q: Are there any specific groups of people that should avoid using this mushroom?
A: There are no known groups of people that should avoid using this mushroom. However, as with any medication, it is always important to consult with a healthcare professional before using it.
In conclusion, Millicent Oare and her team’s discovery of the medicinal properties of Pleurotus Tuber-region mushroom offers a natural alternative to currently available treatments, and could potentially revolutionize healthcare and agriculture in Nigeria. The team is working to make the mushroom more accessible and commercialize it. The patenting of the mushroom or the process of growing it will protect their discovery and also ensure that they can continue to invest in research and development to improve the cultivation and distribution of the mushroom.

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