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Are You Making These Sunshine Mistakes?

Benefits of Vitamin D

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  • While discussions about the health benefits from sun exposure typically center around vitamin D, UVB exposure has a number of other health effects unrelated to vitamin D production, including enhancement of mood and energy, melatonin regulation, suppression of MS symptoms, and the treatment of skin diseases
  • Exposure to UVB light is also protective against melanoma (the most lethal form of skin cancer), whereas UVA radiation is associated with skin damage
  • Two recent studies of critically ill children found that vitamin D deficiency is very common in sick children, and is associated with worse outcomes and extended hospital stays. Similarly, frail seniors with low levels of vitamin D have an increased risk of death
  • Correlations also exist between vitamin D levels and dental health. Researchers at the University of Manitoba, Canada, recently found that children with severe early childhood caries had significantly lower vitamin D levels than cavity-free children

By Dr. Mercola

While discussions about the health benefits from sun exposure typically center around vitamin D, which your skin produces in response to UVB rays, UVB exposure actually has a number of other health effects unrelated to vitamin D production – whether it's from the sun or a tanning bed.


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