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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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Are Mushrooms a Good Source of Vitamin D?

Evidence suggests that vitamin D insufficiency is common amongst Western populations. This stems partly from a diet that contains a low concentration of vitamin D and from a lack of sun exposure. Those who are at the greatest risk are … Continue reading

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Vitamin D2 and D3 Interactions

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