Mushrooms and Vitamin B12

I love cooking with mushrooms. They are a fungus and a favorite of many kitchens around the world. According to the US Department of Agriculture, over 97% of the mushrooms produced in the US are the bottom mushrooms, portobello, and crimini mushrooms. About 87 percent of all mushrooms are grown in California and Pennsylvania.

Mushrooms are very high in B complex Vitamins. Oyster mushrooms, for example, contain all B vitamins except vitamin B12. Shiitake mushrooms have elevated levels of Vitamin B12. Someone on a plant-based diet and lifestyle can benefit from eating that type of mushroom as a great source of vitamin B12.

Consuming 50g of shitake mushrooms will meet your daily requirements of vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is water-soluble and essential in myelination. The process in which glial cells (non-neuronal cells which do not produce electrical impulses ) construct a membraneous sheath or insulation surrounding the axons of the neurons, optimizing the function of the central nervous system. 

Lack of sufficient vitamin B12 may develop a deficiency known as cobalamin. Some of the symptoms of the deficiency include;

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Anemia
  • Breathlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Memory issues

So next time you’re wondering what to add to that favorite stew or salad, add a handful of mushrooms. Check out our recipe sections for new recipes on mushrooms.


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