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Photopharmacology: Using Light for Health (Just Don’t Call Them Tanning Beds)


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  • RayVio Corp’s ultraviolet LED lights are more efficient than sunlight at producing vitamin D3 in your skin, according to recent research
  • The 293 nm LED “was found to be 2.4 times more efficient in producing vitamin D3 in human skin than the sun in less than 1/60th the time”
  • While the importance of optimizing your vitamin D levels cannot be overstated, it’s overly simplistic to think that you could replace all of the benefits of sun exposure via the use of an LED light — even one that helps you produce vitamin D efficiently

By Dr. Mercola

According to new research published by Scientific Reports, a certain type of LED lighting is "more efficient and effective" at producing vitamin D in your skin than what can be obtained through the sun, "the sunshine vitamin."

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