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Massachusetts Company May Have Silver Bullet In Vitamin D Fight Against Disease
Date:9/22/2008

WILMINGTON, Mass., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Xenon Corp., a company internationally recognized as a leader and pioneer in the field of Pulsed Light systems, might have found the silver bullet that researchers have been seeking to increase vitamin D in their fight against disease.

It's called Pulsed light. It's brighter than the sun and in short pulses -- flashed on mushrooms -- increases the vitamin D content in mushrooms substantially.

Dole, the world's largest producer and marketer of fresh fruits and vegetables, has been treating Portobello and other mushroom varieties with light flashes and found that the vitamin D level increased significantly. In a recent article by The Packer magazine, Gary Schroeder, director of Dole Mushrooms, stated, "Research has shown that light can boost the vitamin D levels in mushrooms. Nature is trying to do this, and we're just allowing it to happen."

Professor Robert Beelman of Pennsylvania State University found that white button mushrooms, the only non-animal food that contains vitamin D, is a prime source of the antioxidant L-ERGOTHIONEINE, a powerful antioxidant that scavenges free radicals and protects the cell's DNA from damage.

"As a food scientist," Professor Beelman said, "I already knew that mushrooms were a valuable part of the diet, being a good source of B vitamins and essential minerals as well as being low in calories, fat and sodium."

"But new research is suggesting mushrooms or substances extracted from mushrooms, may have the potential to help fight cancer and heart disease. More research needs to be done in this area, but it makes powerful reading."

Professor Beelman is not alone in his findings. Many scientists and mushroom councils around the world have been researching mushrooms or substances extracted from mushrooms and are unanimous in their thoughts that mushrooms may be the new super food that could play a major role in the prevention of serious diseases such
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