Whilst the Northern Hemisphere is in the middle of summer it is a good time to remind you all about protecting the skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays.
The flip side to sun exposure is its contribution to your Vitamin D levels.
Vitamin D is a used by the body to maintain healthy bone and muscle function. Low levels can lead to bone conditions such as osteomalacia in adults, and there is also growing evidence linking a lack of vitamin D to colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease and even skin cancer!
Exposure of the skin to ultraviolet B (UVB) from sunlight is the main source of vitamin D for most of us. UVB can synthesise all of their vitamin D requirements in the skin. But if we need to expose our skin to harmful rays in order to access Vitamin D, is there a less risky alternative?
Food – Vitamin D3 is found in small quantities in fatty fish – North Sea salmon, herring, tuna and mackerel. Some products are fortified with vitamin D. However, it is difficult to gain an acceptable blood level of vitamin D through diet alone.
Vitamin D supplements – is the best non-sun alternative, and many Doctors are now prescribing Vitamin D to their aging patients. In some instances, this is just one tablet a month.