Category Archives: Mushrooms

Mushrooms as Immune Stimulants

Edible mushrooms are an excellent source of nutrients. Some of these nutrients contribute to the ability of mushrooms to stimulate the immune system. The first way that this occurs is through the presence of polysaccharides within certain mushrooms that may … Continue reading

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The Three Best Ways To Improve Vitamin D Status

Vitamin D is important because it is converted to the hormone 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the liver. The 25-hydroxyvitamin D is then further converted to 1, 25-dihydroxyvitamin D in the kidney, and this form is also hormonally active. The active firms … Continue reading

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Mushrooms as Immune Stimulants

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Mushrooms as a Source of Tryptophan and 5-Hydroxytryptophan

The indoleamines are are group of neurotransmitters synthesised from the dietary amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that can only be obtained from the diet. The important human indoleamines include serotonin, 5-hydroxytryptophan and melatonin. Dietary tryptophan is … Continue reading

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How to Make Vitamin D From Mushrooms

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The Nutritional Value of Mushrooms

Much has been made of the vitamin D content of ultraviolet irradiated mushrooms. And for good reason, as mushrooms can be an excellent source of vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol). However, mushrooms have been shown to be a good source of a … Continue reading

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More On Generating Vitamin D From Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a good source of vitamin D, but the vitamin D content of mushrooms varies depending on the growing conditions. In particular, the amount of ultraviolet light that the mushrooms are exposed to has a significant effect on the … Continue reading

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Mushrooms Improve Vitamin D Status

The vitamin D content of cultivated mushrooms is very low (<0.1 μg/100 g fresh weight). However, mushrooms contain high amounts of ergosterol, a precursor to vitamin D. This is interesting because under conditions of ultraviolet exposure, mushrooms can synthesise vitamin … Continue reading

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Do We Absorb The Vitamin D From Mushrooms?

Evidence suggests that mushrooms can be a source of dietary vitamin D. In particular, mushrooms are rich in ergocalciferol, also called vitamin D2. Ergocalciferol is known to be biologically active in humans, and a number of studies have investigated the … Continue reading

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The Vitamin D Content of Mushrooms

Vitamin D is a steroid hormone required by humans for correct bone, immune and calcium regulation. Humans can synthesise vitamin D when their skin is exposed to ultraviolet light, or can get vitamin D from food. Vitamin D is not … Continue reading

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