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Forget about winter sniffles and the winter blues1 with fresh mushrooms… Yes! Mushrooms!

Here’s why:
1. FreshMushrooms are rich in immune boosting antioxidants to fight winter aches and pains
2. FreshMushrooms are one of the only "plant" sources that can naturally add the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D to your winter diet. Here’s how:

One of the key findings of Pennsylvania State University scientists, reporting at an American Chemical Society's conference, was that mushrooms are richer in the immune-boosting antioxidant Ergothioneine than any other food.

Even white button mushrooms - the most commonly eaten mushroom in the west - contain 12 times more of the antioxidant than wheatgerm2 and four times more than chicken liver (the next richest food sources). Brown mushrooms contain even more. FreshMushrooms are also good sources of immune boosting selenium3, copper4 and Vitamin B65.

Something truly amazing about mushrooms is their ability to significantly increase their natural Vitamin D levels when exposed to sunlight, ultra violet light and Artificial UVB light. The bottom line: Eating sunlight-exposed freshmushrooms can help maintain vitamin D levels throughout the winter

In July 2013 the University of Sydney assessed the vitamin D levels generated when a serving of mushrooms (100g) is exposed to direct midday sunlight. Within an hour white button mushrooms had raised their Vitamin D levels to 10 mcg (the recommended RDI for active adults), while the bigger brown mushrooms reached the 10mcg level after two hours of sun.6  

So what do we need to do this winter?
Simply choose any variety of mushrooms including white buttons, Portabellas and Portabellinis, remove the wrapping and place them outdoors for up to 60 minutes. It doesn't matter which way up they are; after about 30 minutes they will contain good levels of vitamin D.

No wonder we love mushrooms even more during the winter months when we need a physical and mental health boost.

1. Archer, D. (2013). Vitamin D deficiency and depression. from d-deficiency-and depression

3. A serving of Portabellini mushrooms (between 80 and 100gm) provides almost a 1/3 of our daily value for selenium.
4. A cup of stir-fried white button mushrooms provides 0.3 milligram of copper, which is about one-third of the recommended daily intake for adults
5. Mushrooms do not only contain Vitamin B6; they’re also rich in other B vitamins: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6)
6. Phillips KM, Rasor AS. A nutritionally meaningful increase in the vitamin D in retail mushrooms is attainable by exposure to sunlight prior to consumption. Nutrition & Food Sciences 2013; 3 (6):
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