If you worry that you’re not getting enough vitamin D, you may have tried drinking fortified milk or taking dietary supplements. Of course, getting a little sunlight is an easy way to stock up on vitamin D3, but exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can be bad for your skin health.
That said, scientists from Cantox Health Sciences International believe they have found a solution for this issue. As reported in a recent issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the team determined that exposing mushrooms to UVB rays can increase their vitamin D content sevenfold.
In effect, you would be letting mushrooms endure sunburn for you! By eating such sun-kissed fungi, an individual with low vitamin D levels could boost their levels of the vital nutrient.
Unfortunately, this UV-based process is still in the early stages of its development. As for other food-based sources of vitamin D, the options are pretty slim.
For those looking to get the recommended daily allowance of vitamin D, it may be best to eat enriched foods and beverages and to top off a meal with a dietary supplement or a multivitamin.