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Mushrooms: A Natural Source of Vitamin D!
Vitamin D is an important and necessary nutrient.
The natural source for humans is from our own bodies with the help of the sun.
There is now information available confirming a non-animal source of vitamin D: mushrooms!
From U.S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service:
Vitamin D-Rich Mushrooms: A Research Success!
By Marcia Wood
November 12, 2008
Thanks to UV-B light—like that in sunshine—the company's new Sun Bella line of fresh mushrooms offers at least 100 percent of the recommended intake of vitamin D in each 3-ounce serving.
An estimated 40 percent of Americans don't get enough vitamin D.
...Some research suggests that vitamin D may reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, and Alzheimer's disease.
From Dr. Weil's website:
Mushrooms make vitamin D in sunlight
In the summer of 2004, mycologist Paul Stamets discovered that the level of vitamin D in freshly picked, indoor- grown shiitake mushrooms rose from 110 IU (international units) to an astonishing 46,000 IU per 100 grams when the mushrooms were placed outdoors in the sun for just six hours with the gills facing up (when the gills were facing down, the level rose to 10,900 IU).
Are raw mushrooms toxic ?
Agartine was found to be carcinogenic in mice, and is thus a suspected carcinogen for humans. More recent research, however, indicates that the risk for humans is very low. A daily intake of 10 grams [0.3527 oz.] of mushrooms would not result in a measurable increase in the incidence of cancer among the population.
heating mushrooms (boiling, frying) further reduces the potential risk.
Vitamin D - An article on Vitamin D from Wikipedia
...daily during the spring and summer seasons in temperate regions, and almost never within the arctic circles, adequate amounts of vitamin D3 can be made in the skin after only ten to fifteen minutes of sun exposure at least two times per week to the face, arms, hands, or back without sunscreen.
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