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    Unknown “vitamin ET” in Mushrooms fights free radicals

    American and British researchers simultaneously discovered, isolated and named cobalamin or vitamin B12 in 1948. Since then, no more news about new vitamins. However, Johns Hopkins University studied the unusual amino acid “ergothioneine” (ET) in deeper detail and it showed up an interesting update (1). Ergothioneine could be a new vitamin due its characteristics and role in the body. Humans cannot make ET and the only possible way to get some of the “new vitamin” is through food. “Because of its dietary origin and the toxicity associated with its depletion, ET may represent a new vitamin whose physiologic roles include antioxidant cytoprotection”, extract from Johns Hopkins University’s study. So many…