Just "D" Facts about Vitamin D

Benefits of Moderate UV Sunshine Exposure

Is the Sun Good for You?

Posted by D3forU on June 13, 2010

How do you feel about sunlight?

Does it cheer you up. Do you like to be tan? Does sun tan look good?

Of course we have to be aware of the possible risks and damages from sun, but we can’t be let to believe that sun doesn’t do anything good.

Sun is the reason we live! Because of sun this planet is alive! This is the reason you feel good about the Sun. Sun made all of us. For years we have been told to cover up in the sun to cut the risk of getting skin cancer.

But now it has come to light that sun is actually good for the body. Recent studies have shown that a sensible amount of UV light reduces your risk of several cancers and health conditions.

It’s all thanks to Vitamin D, which is made through our bodies through the action of UVB rays on our skin. Professor Michael Holick of Boston University School of Medicine is the author of “The UV Advantage” book. “We get about 90 to 95% of our vitamin D from the sun,” says Holick.

He advises people should get 5 to 15 minutes of sun exposure three times a week to boost vitamin D levels. Tanning controversy More recently, some researchers have advised that tanning in moderation may be healthier than is commonly believed.

Edward Giovannucci, professor of medicine and nutrition at Harvard states that according to his research, people who have sufficient vitamin D due to UV exposure, and other intake, may prevent 30 deaths for each one caused by skin cancer.

His research also suggests that diet accounts very little for vitamin D3 necessary for curbing cancer. Michael Holick, Boston professor of dermatology, claimed that moderate exposure to sunlight probably reduces risk to many forms of cancer, diabetes, seasonal affective disorder, and other diseases.

These researchers are vigorously opposed by most dermatologists, for example, Dr. Elewski, president of the American Academy of Dermatology, argued that minutes of exposure to sunlight can be dangerous, and that people can get all the vitamin D they need through supplements.

Large clinical studies have found vitamin D produced both through exposure to sunlight and through dietary supplements dramatically decreases cancer risk, and helps cancer recovery.

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