November is Annual Vitamin D Awareness Month
The solution starts with one simple step: Get your vitamin D levels tested this winter.
Vitamin D deficiency is linked to a significantly higher risk of most cancers, heart disease, and autoimmune diseases including the flu. Breast cancer is at the top of the list of diseases that could be prevented in many cases with higher vitamin D levels. Called “the sunshine hormone” vitamin D is now know to regulate proper cell growth in most tissues — a function researchers now believe slows or even eradicates the spread of cancer cells.
Adding Mushrooms Make a Difference
• Add ½ cup sliced white button mushrooms to your green salad.
Benefit: boost vitamin D by 18 IU (9% AI).
• Use ½ cup sliced shiitake mushrooms instead of sausage in pasta sauce or on pizza.
Benefit: boost vitamin D by 96 IU (48% AI).
• Layer ¾ cup sliced sautéed fresh white mushrooms onto grilled steak or chicken.
Benefit: boost vitamin D by 17 IU (8% AI).