Have a recipe rich in Vitamin D – Deming Headlight
Last week’s article included some information on vitamin D, naturally irradiated mushrooms and I promised to include the recipe in this week’s article.
The research study in Buffalo NY by researcher Peter Horvath showed nearly 50 percent of the residents had insufficient amounts of vitamin D. Most of us who live in the northern latitudes and work primarily indoors will register low to very low if tested for vitamin D during the winter months.
Further research by Horvath proved that by naturally irradiating mushrooms using a simple recipe they would “basically go through a little tanning bed and produce a mega-dose of vitamin D.”
The process requires sufficient sunlight and is best accomplished during the summer months but if you hurry you can get similar, but lowered, results during the Indian summer. You will end up with dried mushrooms that can be used in soups, stews, sauces, salads, etc. Dried, irradiated mushrooms can give you sufficient vitamin D during the months when the sun is low on the horizon.
All types of mushrooms will work but the ones proven to give the highest return are fresh, organic shitake, maitake, button, oyster, portabella and lion’s mane.
Slice the mushrooms thinly and place them evenly spaced on a glass tray with foil on the under side of the tray, not next to the mushrooms, to reflect as much sunlight as possible to all sides, especially helpful during early fall and late spring. Place the mushrooms in direct sunlight from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or longer. Try to keep the tray directed toward the sun as much as possible as the sun moves across the sky. If you use a solar cooker, you know the routine.
You can take the mushrooms in at night or, if you have low humidity where you are, you can cover them with a sheet of cardboard and place a towel over the cardboard for the night to protect them from collecting moisture.
Repeat the “tanning bed” the next day from 10 to 4, or longer depending on sun conditions. Repeat for a third day if you feel it is necessary. If mushrooms are not “crispy” place them in a food dehydrator and dry them until they are. After they are dry and crispy, place them in a glass jar or other sealed container along with a tablespoon of uncooked rice as a moisture absorber. If properly dried, the mushrooms will last a year or more. You can rehydrate them and, once they swell, use them in meals during the winter to boost your vitamin D. If irradiated and dried properly, 10 grams a day, about a small handful, is the recommended amount to get the RDA of vitamin D.
Next week we will look at the adrenal dominant body type and how to identify if you fall into that category. Once we have covered the basics of all the different types and how to tell which type you are, we’ll look into the problems for each type and how you can avoid falling into some of the hidden and not easily recognized common health problems for each type.
Larry R. Miller has been a freelance writer on health and fitness since 1982.