The Sunshine Vitamin Repairs Your Skin and Boosts Your Immune System

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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.



Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Add skin repair to the growing legion of benefits associated with getting your body's optimal dose of vitamin D from the sun. According to scientists, these new findings may explain how T-cells get routed to the surface of your skin via the sun when it has been exposed to damage.

Of course, the real trick about getting the optimal amount of vitamin D is getting the appropriate and safe amount of sun exposure, a big challenge right now for people living in the Northern Hemisphere.

Ideally, you should have exposure to the sun, however, safe tanning beds are another option. You can see the list of safe U.S. tanning beds at the page we compiled from ones that readers forwarded to us.

Just a reminder, if you choose to take a high-quality cod liver oil to increase your vitamin D levels while also getting valuable omega-3 fats, I strongly urge you to have your blood levels checked regularly, as it is potentially dangerous not to do so.

On Vital Votes, Tom from Grandview, Ohio adds:

"If you are not vitamin deficient, (especially A,E, C, B-complex, D, Biotin, and Folic Acid), you will not readily experience sun burn. I heavily supplement my whole food organic diet, and no longer experience sunburn.
"I am fair skinned and as a builder am outdoors a great deal in the sun. Prior to my diet change and supplementation, I used to burn quite easily and had to cover up exposed skin. No longer do I have this problem, and I have not used sunscreen for three years.

"... Up until three years ago people mistook me for Keith Richards, but now I am often  mistaken for Brad Pitt. OK, I'm exaggerating  just a tad.

"... However, now in my sixtieth year of living in this skin, I can say unequivocally that my skin is healthier now than it has ever been in my entire life. In my youth, and well into adulthood I had cyclical outbreaks of pimples and blackheads. I sunburned easily, and my skin thinned and my skin would suffer abrasions quite easily, and did not heal as rapidly as it should have.  

"Looking at photographs of myself taken a few years ago I can see a huge difference. The wrinkles are much fewer now and less pronounced, and my pores are cleaner than they have ever been. Better still, my skin feels better from within. It is more supple, yet taut and it feels clean. I have always had oily skin, but it is much less now.

"Of course I credit much of my improvement to a good vitamin, mineral, herbal and food supplemental regimen, but I believe the diet change was the most profound reason. Absolutely no refined sugars, carbohydrates, processed food or any junk restaurant foods. Only whole organic foods."

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