Mushrooms are not just filled with ‘vitamin D’, but also contain an abundance of ‘vitamin B’!
Because of their exposure to sunlight, mushrooms are loaded with vitamin D. But did you know that they are rich in vitamin B too?
Here are some of vitamin B’s many beneficial qualities on overall health.
Some of the benefits of vitamin B:
- Research shows that vitamin B helps boost metabolism and prevent the risk of strokes!
- Vitamin B1 helps prevent Beriberi, which is a nutritional deficiency disorder (lack of vitamin B1) that results in difficulty with walking, or even paralysis of the lower part of the leg.
- Vitamin B2 can increase energy, improve the immune system, clear acne, and prevent muscle cramps.
- Vitamin B3 helps lower cholesterol.
- Vitamin B5 aids in producing essential hormones in the body and is also required for growth.
- Vitamin B6 helps reduce the possibility of heart diseases, and is necessary to build new red blood cells.
- You can fight anemia with the help of vitamin B12. It helps to sustain healthy nerve cells, and also aids in constructing blood cells in the body.
- Vitamin B is also important for preserving healthy and youthful skin, hair, nails and eyes.
Because vitamin B is water soluble and cannot be stored by the body, it is important to eat food rich in vitamin B like mushrooms.
What is the role of riboflavin or vitamin B2?
The second member of the complex vitamin B family, vitamin B2 or riboflavin, is water soluble and cannot be accumulated in our body. Vitamin B2 needs to be consumed daily because it is an important part of a nutritious diet.
Vitamin B2 :
- Plays an important role in the energy production in the body.
- Promotes the production of red blood cells.
- Controls growth and maturation of reproductive organs and is necessary for normal growth of the body.
- Protects the digestive tract, supports healthy fetal development, boosts immunity levels, improves mineral absorption and helps to rebuild tissues.
- Some studies have shown that vitamin B2 may help to slow the progression of AIDS.
- It may also help to improve your vision and protect your eyes.
- It may help fight migraine attacks.
- Can help regulate thyroid activity.
- Ensures healthy bowel movements.
- B2 vitamins play a role by supplying antioxidants to fight off free radicals in the body, and may help to prevent cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Lack of vitamin B2 may cause:
- a feeling of weakness in the body or soreness in other body parts.
- Swelling in the throat .
- Blood in deficiency, most particularly, red blood cell deficiency which can progress to anemia in extreme circumstances.
- Eyesight may suffer if the body lacks in vitamin B2. It may result in bloodshot, blurred vision and light sensitivity and eys may become itchy and start watering.
- Skin diseases like acne and dermatitis are common.
- There is a greater probability of throat and mouth infections.
- Mood can be affected such as frequent irritability and depression.
- Development of burning feet syndrome.
- Cervical cancer, a prevalent concern for women who lack vitamin B2.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome.
- The tongue to slowly turn to the color of magenta.
- Decreased immunity levels.
- Swelling and fissures.
- Cracks to begin forming in the corner of your mouth.
- Older ones are at a higher risk to suffer from vitamin B2 deficiency.
Because some people tend to lose appetite when they get older, the lack of a nutritious diet occurs and it leads the lack of Vitamin B2.
- Alcoholics also tend to suffer from vitamin B2 deficiency.
You can easily avoid the risk of developing a deficiency of vitamin B2 by making sure to consume balanced meals.
What is the role of Niacin or Vitamin B3?
The third member of the vitamin B complex family, vitamin B3 or niacin (nicotinic acid), also has 2 other variations called niacin amide (nicotinamide) and inositol hexanicotinate.
The roles of vitamin B3 in the body
- It may aid in :
– nervous system
– digestive system
– proper brain function
– promotes healthy skin
– improves memory
– regulates proper blood circulation
– controls and lowers cholesterol levels in your body
- It also may help breakdown :
-And transforms them into energy
- It may be important for :
– sexual wellness
– producing sex hormones in the body
And may help fight disorders like impotence and erectile dysfunction
- It may improve :
– mental health
– lower blood pressure levels
– lessen body inflammation
Lack of vitamin B3 may cause various diseases including pellagra.
- Vitamin B3 deficiency is also associated with :
– memory loss
– motion sickness
– increased sensitivity to sunlight
Vitamin B3 / Niacin
What is the role of vitamin B12?
Another member of the vitamin B complex family is vitamin B12 or cyanocobalamin and is one of the essential vitamins. However, because vitamin B12 is not abundant in many vegetables, vegetarians and vegans resort to vitamin B12 supplements or food fortified with B12. Mushrooms are a great source of vitamin B12 and a natural alternative to supplements.
“Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that:
- helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy
- helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells”. – od.nih.gov
Vitamin B12 may boost energy and endurance levels and might help prevent heart diseases and strokes.
Lack of vitamin B12 may cause conditions such as:
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
- Loss of weight and appetite