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Amp up your vitamin D intake
Graphic: The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association

MORE and more South Africans are becoming vitamin D deficient, even with our abundance of sunshine.

The reason for the deficiency, according to a press statement issued by The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association (SAMFA), is that people no longer spend enough time outdoors.

“When we are outside, we cover our skin with high factor sunscreens. Winter sun exposure is even less.”

According to SAMFA mushrooms and humans react the same way when exposed to the sun.

“Not only are mushrooms the only plant source of Vitamin D, they are also able to increase their natural Vitamin D content with exposure to the sun.

“Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorus, important for building and keeping strong bones and preventing bone disorders and bone loss (osteoporosis).”

A study conducted by the University of Sydney assessed the vitamin D levels generated when a serving of mushrooms (100g) is exposed to direct midday sunlight.

Over the past decade, scientists have found that it takes only a modest amount of UV from the sun or special UV lamps to produce significant levels of vitamin D in mushrooms.

Just 15 minutes of direct sun light can produce 200 to 800 IU in 3 ounces of mushrooms (the daily RDA is 600 to 800 IU), regardless of type or season.

So amp up your vitamin D intake with nature’s own vitamin D factories: fresh mushrooms.

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