Vitamin D Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins and the antioxidant selenium. And when exposed to light, they serve as the only source of vitamin D in the produce aisle.

Why Vitamin D is so important:
Vitamin D is essential for absorption in the body of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium, which helps to maintain bone strength.
Beyond being essential for bone health, vitamin D deficiency has been implicated in diabetes, colon, prostate, and breast cancer, hypertension, depression, multiple sclerosis and arthritis. In general, vitamin D is critical to overall health and is a major contributor to the immune system.
Unfortunately, dietary sources of vitamin D are limited to certain types of fish, animal livers and eggs and fortified foods. Mushrooms are the only fruit or vegetable that naturally contain vitamin D. Until now, that has been at very low levels of less than 2% of the daily value per serving.
Now, through exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, Monterey Mushrooms can naturally increase the stable level of vitamin D within mushrooms to well above 50 percent of the FDA’s recommended daily value.


What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is the only vitamin that our body can make when exposed to sunlight. There are two types of natural vitamin D:

  1. Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) found in mushrooms
  2. Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) from animal sources

Vitamin D is produced from cholesterol in the skin when it is exposed to rays from the sun, which is why it is sometimes referred to as “the sunshine vitamin.” * Nearly 42% of Americans lack adequate vitamin D due to modern indoor lifestyles and the use of sunscreen, sunglasses and protective clothing.**
Similar to humans, mushrooms can make vitamin D when exposed to sunshine. Commercially grown mushrooms are typically grown in the dark, but Monterey Mushrooms has developed a process that mimics sun exposure and results in mushrooms that are high in vitamin D.

Available nationwide in 8 oz and 16 oz:

  • Sliced Whites
  • Sliced Baby Bellas
  • Whole Portabella Caps

*credit: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2745830/

**credit: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21310306