Vitamin D3: Shiitake Mushrooms
Did you know that mushrooms can create vitamin D3? Mushrooms grown or picked can synthesis sunlight into Vitamin D3. Eating shiitake mushrooms can boost your Vitamin D3 levels.
Evidence-based research by a mycologist stated that shitake mushrooms can synthesis sunlight into Vitamin D3. Shiitake mushrooms grown indoors or picked outdoors, then brought indoors, showed levels of 110 IU of Vitamin D3. When the same mushrooms were taken outside in the sunlight for six hours, the levels of Vitamin D3 elevated to 46,000 IU of Vitamin D3 (per 100 grams of mushroom). This was done by taking the mushroom and placing it upside down or gills up to the sunshine. The test was also duplicated with the mushrooms right side up or gills away from the sunshine. The result was that the Vitamin D3 level rose to 10,900 IU in the same amount of sunlight.
The outcome results in eating one tenth of the mushroom would equal to 460 IU of Vitamin D3. Currently equal to what the FDA recommends for daily Vitamin D3. If one was to eat a fourth of the mushroom, the amount of Vitamin D3 would equal to a maintenance dose of 2,000 IU Vitamin D3. Most providers prescribe 1,000 IU Vitamin D3 because of the cost effectiveness of 1,000 IU Vitamin D3 pills or capsules that can be purchased in bulk amounts for facilities. The elevated levels of 46,000 was similar to the correction dose of 50,000 IU Vitamin D3 that is prescribed once a week for eight weeks.
It is also possible that consuming too many mushrooms exposed to the sunlight can cause an adverse reaction of Vitamin D3 overdoses. Or in areas that are deprived of sunlight, areas near the poles, the mushrooms with sunlight exposure can be a health benefit.
Something to think about when mushroom hunting this fall.
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