How Does Skin Produce Vitamin D?

Now that summer is over and winter is here, we might all be experiencing some Vitamin D deficiency. This can be a bit concerning since Vitamin D is an important factor in preventative human health. Combined with regular exercise and a healthy diet, Vitamin D can provide health benefits in a natural way to decrease susceptibility to certain health threats like cancer, heart disease, and more. Also called the “sunshine vitamin”, UV-B from sunlight is the most effective and naturally-occurring source for Vitamin D. For these reasons, we can be grateful that our bodies produce it naturally.

Continue reading to learn the basic process of Vitamin D production in the skin, as well as, alternative sources for Vitamin D.

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Vitamin D Production in Skin

Once your skin is exposed to sunlight, which contains ultra violet-B rays, it takes what it needs and de-metabolizes the rest. Too much Vitamin D can cause the body to over-process calcium, another vital mineral for human health. This is why sunless tanning should be done safely and responsibly.

Sunlight-produced Vitamin D protects against this potential danger, since the skin naturally defends itself by de-metabolizing any excess UVB.  Generally, 10-20 minutes in the sun each day is all you need! This of course depends on the strength of the sunrays and the darkness of your skin. Darker skin and weaker sunrays may require longer sun exposure for optimal production levels.

Vitamin D Alternatives

The sun is the best and most guaranteed natural source for Vitamin D production and sufficiency. However, for those that cannot be exposed to the sun for health concerns, there are alternative sources that can provide the same benefits. Many health stores offer Vitamin D supplements that come in the form of pills, capsules, powders, drinks, gummies, and more. Although not natural, these alternatives are easily accessible and affordable. Talk to your doctor before mixing any OTC dietary supplements with current medications or health conditions.

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