The Sunshine Vitamin Repairs Your Skin and Boosts Your Immune System
February 17, 2007
Sunshine may be able to help fight skin diseases and cancer by attracting immune cells to the skin surface.
Sunshine causes the skin to produce vitamin D3, and immune cells in the skin, known as dendritic cells, can convert vitamin D3 into its active form. The active vitamin D3 then causes T-cells to make surface changes that allow them to migrate to the uppermost layer of the skin.
T-cells destroy damaged and infected cells, and also regulate other immune cells.The skin disorder psoriasis is sometimes treated with vitamin D3 creams; these creams may work by moving T-cells into the skin.