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New Study Finds Sunlight Boosts Nitric Oxide Production

Skin Sunlight Exposure

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  • Sunlight causes your skin to produce nitric oxide, a critical compound for maintaining blood pressure that reduces your risk for heart attack and stroke
  • Benefits of sunlight exposure vastly outweigh risks of exposure. Evidence shows your risk of dying from skin cancer is 80 times lower on average than your risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke
  • Nitric oxide enhances blood flow, promotes blood vessel elasticity, lowers blood pressure, and functions as a signaling molecule in your brain and immune system
  • Elevated uric acid drives up blood pressure by inhibiting nitric oxide; overconsumption of fructose is the most significant factor underlying elevated uric acid levels in the US and other Western nations
  • The “melanoma epidemic” is grossly overstated; research shows 90 percent of melanoma surgeries are for benign lesions; the latest science suggests appropriate UV exposure is protective against melanoma

By Dr. Mercola

By now, you are probably aware I am a strong proponent of sun exposure and its many health benefits. Most of those benefits come from the boost in vitamin D, but a new UK study suggests sunlight’s benefits extend far beyond vitamin D.

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