This piece was co-authored with Lara Zakaria.
You’ve likely heard a lot about vitamin D lately. And for good reason: Research around the role of vitamin D and its link to health has grown exponentially over the past two decades. While it was once most often associated with bone health, we now also know that this fabulous molecule might also play a key role in the prevention of many different conditions including autoimmune disease, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, to name a few.
There are a few factors that increase one’s risk for vitamin D deficiency. Dietary deficiency, reduced sun exposure, or living above the 37th parallel are among the most significant factors. Other factors include ethnicity/skin color, obesity, poor food absorption, genetic factors, and chronic diseases like chronic kidney disease and inflammatory bowel disease.
As a result, it’s pretty common to supplement with vitamin D3, especially since few foods are high in the vitamin. But what if there were an alternative, natural way to boost your levels?
Enter the mighty sun-soaked mushroom.