U.S. Company May Have Silver Bullet In Vitamin D Fight Against Disease

    WILMINGTON, Mass., Sept. 22 /CNW/ -- 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
    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 as cancer, heart disease, type 1 diabetes
and a variety of other maladies.
    Research seems to show that because many people are spending more time in
front of computers or TV or use extra heavy sun blockers they are not getting
enough sunshine, and consequently, are becoming deficient in Vitamin D. Also,
people in northern climates often don't get enough sun exposure, especially in
the winter, to produce adequate vitamin D.
    The Xenon Pulsed light system seems to be the system of preference since
it has proven highly efficient by increasing the amount of vitamin D in
mushrooms in a few short bursts.
    Another food application for the Xenon Pulsed light system may be in the
area of killing E. coli, Salmonella and other bacteria. Recently, the Food and
Drug Administration issued a regulation allowing certain food purveyors to
take extra steps to prevent outbreaks of bacteria on produce.
    Xenon's pulsed light may also prove a boon in this area since bursts of
pulsed light could possibly clean the produce safely and efficiently.
    When asked about Xenon's participation in the research, Lou Panico, CEO,
remarked, "We're proud to be part of these studies. Since our start in 1964,
Xenon has always strived to be on the leading edge of product development for
both industrial and research applications, evidenced by our many successful
    "We've strongly advocated our Pulsed light over mercury because of the
countless benefits, especially since we've always considered Xenon a 'green
company' with emphasis on our environment."
    Xenon's system, unlike mercury, is non-toxic and completely safe for the
environment. Its ultra fast processing in seconds allows low cost production
and utilizes less energy than mercury's lengthy warm-up time, since it takes
only a fraction of the time required by mercury systems. Xenon's
Start-Stop-Start technology provides instantaneous operation.
    Xenon Corporation, world leader in pulsed Light technology for a wide
variety of industrial and research applications, designs and manufactures high
performance pulsed lamps, curing systems and decontamination/sterilization

    For interviews or additional information, contact:

    Lou Panico, CEO,
    Xenon Corporation
    37 Upton Drive Wilmington, MA 01887-1018
    Tel: 978 661-9033 or 800 XENONXL


For further information:

For further information: Bill Cuccinello of Xenon Corporation,
+1-617-901-3620, billvc@verizon.net Web Site: http://www.xenoncorp.com

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