Most of us might not even know what the King Bolete is or what it looks like. I applaud those that do. This particular mushroom has many different names (Penny Bun, Cep, Porcino or Porcini, Boletus Edulis). This shows you the rich diversity of this mushroom has all over the world. One example would be Porcino or Porcini used by Ancient Romans and still in use as a southern Italian term of this species. Each name for this mushroom comes from different geographical origins. In Austria, it’s called Herrenpitz the “noble mushroom”. Looking deeper into the origins of the King Bolete, I found that multiple cultures used this mushroom as a supplement for their diet. King Bolete is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals.
Something amazing happens when mushrooms are picked and exposed to the sun in the drying process. King Bolete produces vitamin D which is an essential vitamin that boosts the immune system and plays vital roles in human metabolism. Our bodies produce Vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, specifically UVB radiation. When UVB rays hit your skin a chemical reaction happens; your body begins the process of converting a prohormone in the skin into vitamin D.
The commercially common sources of vitamin D are vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) that comes from sheep’s wool (lanolin), pigskins, and some oily fish (mackerel, sardines, anchovies, herring, trout, and salmon). Mushrooms and animal skins create vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. Mushrooms are rich in the vitamin D precursor ergosterol, which UVB (between wavelengths of 290 nm to 315 nm) converts to ergocalciferols, also called provitamin D2. Mammfal epidermis has cholecalciferol, which ultraviolet light converts to D3.
Vitamin D deficiency is more common then you know. As it shows in this study Vitamin D Deficiency in the United States: How Common is it?
Eating more vitamin D rich foods and sun exposure at peak times can definitely increase the intake of vitamin D. Until recently, those were the only two options you had. Ingestion and sun exposure could be helpful to your body but harmful for your skin. Sun exposure is one of the first factors in aging. Exposing your skin for too long under the sun can cause your skin to age faster than you normally should.
The third option is to use cream that’s rich in vitamin D. Creams such as Bolete from UnaBell. This product helps reduce visible signs of aging while also providing nutrients to the skin. This cream provides vitamin D, patented peptides, and hydration to your skin leaving your skin with a softer and smoother appearance.