Vitamin D – The Sun Vitamin
Humans can produce vitamin D in the skin under the influence of sunlight. The mushroom is not inferior to us here. Mushrooms are some of the few foods that contain vitamin D and produce it themselves. Various mushrooms such as oyster mushrooms, the Reishi and the genus Cordyceps, are considered for many years as a vitamin D supplier.
Vitamin D is essential for life, but why ?
Large parts of the world’s population are deficient in this extremely important nutrient. This vitamin complex, which is actually a hormone, acts in organs, bones and tissues, including the CNS and peripheral nervous system. In addition, vitamin D regulates calcium levels in the blood and thus has a major impact on heart health.
The topic of sleep and healthy bones is also co-determined by this vitamin.
Where does the vitamin D come from ?
Mushrooms are the most important source of vitamin D in plants. The precursor of vitamin D2, ergosterol (provitamin D2), is found primarily in mushrooms. The mushroom is a small miracle of nature. Because it can form the vitamin D just like we humans. We take advantage of this and dry our mushrooms gently under the sun of Mallorca.
Nowadays, most vitamin D preparations are made from pork fat. Here the fat and the skin of the pigs are cooked and through a chemical process the vitamin D is extracted. Not exactly a pleasant thought.
Taking vitamin D
Especially in the dark seasons, vitamin D should be taken daily. Also risk groups such as employees in the night or shift system, often people who work in large offices or markets without direct sunlight, suffer from the consequences of a vitamin D deficiency.
Signs of vitamin D deficiency
- Muscle pain
- Low spirits
- Elderly people have a higher need for vitamin D
- digestive problems
- a lot of sweat on the head
- bone pain
- sleep disturbances
Vitamin D dosage without blood test
- Babies 400 IU.
- Children over one year 1,000 IU.
- Adolescents 1,000 IU per twelve kilograms of body weight.
- Adults 5,000 IU for an average weight of 70 kilograms.
- Pregnant women 4,000 IU to 6,000 IU.