A new study concludes that a commercial processing technology is suitable for boosting the vitamin D content of mushrooms and has no adverse effects on other nutrients in those tasty delicacies. The technology, which involves exposing mushrooms to the same kind of ultraviolet light that produces suntans, can greatly boost mushrooms' vitamin D content. It appears in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Ryan Simon and colleagues note that many people do not get enough vitamin D in their diets. Few natural foods are high in the vitamin, and there are limits on what foods can be fortified to boost the vitamin D content. Although few people realize it, mushrooms are an excellent natural source of vitamin D. Some producers have embraced results of earlier studies, suggesting that exposing mushrooms to ultraviolet B (UVB) light can significantly boost the vitamin D content. The scientists set out to answer several questions about commercial-scale UV light processing of mushrooms. Among them: Does it produce consistently high levels of vitamin D and does it adversely affect other nutrients in mushrooms? They compared button mushrooms exposed to UVB light, those exposed to natural sunlight and those kept in the dark. The UVB-exposed mushrooms got a dramatic boost in vitamin D (700 percent more of the vitamin than those mushrooms exposed to no light) and the UVB processing had no effect on levels of vitamin C, folate, riboflavin, niacin and a host of other essential nutrients. Source: Eurekalert << Scientists Discover Novel Method for Boosting Antibiotic Yi... Adult Stroke Patients May Recover Faster Using Virtual Reali... >> Recommended Reading Vitamin D Supplements may Help Overcome Osteoporosis and Fractures in Children A low bone density predisposes to osteoporotic fractures and research indicates that these children may benefit from vitamin D supplements. READ MORE Calcium and Vitamin Supplements Calcium and vitamin supplements are taken to provide the body with the ''required'' nutrients. Calcium is a mineral found in many foods. Vitamins are very important nutrients for the body. READ MORE Mushroom Used in Oriental Medicine may Help to Fight Cancer An exotic mushroom widely used in oriental medicine contains chemicals that may fight breast cancer, says a new study. READ MORE Vitamin D – The Very Essential Vitamin for Children Prevention of vitamin D deficiency in children can potentially prevent chronic disease like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis in adulthood. READ MORE Are Mushrooms Good or Bad? Mushrooms are true wonder foods with numerous health benefits. But be warned there are poisonous mushrooms too. Mushrooms are world’s greatest untapped resources of nutrition. READ MORE Dandy Walker Syndrome Dandy-Walker syndrome is a brain malformation with symptoms of increased intracranial pressure like vomiting, convulsive seizures, unsteadiness and lack of muscle coordination. READ MORE Rickets Encyclopedia section of medindia explains in brief about Rickets READ MORE Vitamin B-12 Vitamin B-12 is also known as cobalamine or cyanocobalamine, owing to the presence of the metal, cobalt. Cyanocobalamine is used in most supplements because it is readily converted to active forms of vitamin B-12 in the body. READ MORE Vitamin B6 Vitamins play an equally important part in the synthesis of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters in the brain also help maintain good mood while keeping one''s mental faculties sharp READ MORE Vitamin B9 Vital info about vitamin B9, its molecular structure, dietary sources, beneficial aspects, symptoms of deficiency and toxicity, supplementation tips and related research news are discussed in detail READ MORE Vitamin C / Ascorbic acid Vital info about vitamin C, its molecular structure, dietary sources, beneficial aspects, symptoms of deficiency and toxicity, supplementation tips and related research news are discussed in detail READ MORE Vitamin Supplements Easy to understand info & tips with diagrams about vitamin supplements like vitamin C, B6, B9 & B12. Latest research news on each vitamin's benefits and drawbacks for better consumer understanding. READ MORE Vitamin-F Essential fatty acids - omega 3 and omega 6 are sometimes referred to as Vitamin F. The body is not capable of manufacturing essential fatty acids and so they have to be derived only from food. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) Find a Doctor Drug Side Effects Calculator More News on: Calcium and Vitamin SupplementsRicketsVitamin SupplementsVitamin C / Ascorbic acidVitamin B6Vitamin B9Vitamin B-12Vitamin-FDandy Walker SyndromeAre Mushrooms Good or Bad?