Mushrooms Exposed to Sunlight are a Good Source of Vitamin D

Not only will swapping out meat for mushrooms in one meal a day help you  lose weight, reduce overall body fat and maintain weight loss over time, according to a new study, eating them can also be just as beneficial as supplementing with vitamin D supplements.

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine found that mushroom powder rich in vitamin D raised blood plasma levels of vitamin D similar to the levels obtained from taking vitamin D supplements.

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In a randomized study involving 30 healthy adults  who took capsules of vitamin D2, capsules of vitamin D3, or mushroom powder containing vitamin D2 once a day during the winter, when stores of the sunshine vitamin were low. After 12 weeks, researchers found no difference in the vitamin D levels among participants who took supplements versus those who ingested the mushroom powder.

The researchers observed that mushrooms exposed to just a few seconds of UV light contain significantly higher levels of vitamin D than regular mushrooms.

‘These results provide evidence that ingesting mushrooms which have been exposed to ultraviolet light and contain vitamin D2, are a good source of vitamin D that can improve the vitamin D status of healthy adults. ‘Furthermore we found ingesting mushrooms containing vitamin D2 was as effective in raising and maintaining a healthy adult’s vitamin D status as ingesting a supplement that contained either vitamin D2 or vitamin D3,’ said lead author Dr Michael Holick.

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So go ahead and eat some mushrooms, and read the following articles to learn more about getting enough Vitamin D.

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