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Sun and Vitamin D

Vitamin D more popularly known as the “sunshine” vitamin is produced in your body when your skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sunlight. Vitamin D plays a pivotal role in calcium metabolism, and vitamin D deficiency may be associated with a range of diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes.

However, the amount of vitamin D that your skin makes depends on several factors such as the season, the time of day, the place where you live, the texture of your skin etc. In addition, increased exposure to UV is the number-one cause of skin cancer.

Vitamin D occurs naturally in only very few foods such as oily fish, red meat, liver, egg yolks, fortified foods etc. most of which are contraindicated for many individuals such as those with high cholesterol levels. Thus getting enough vitamin D from your diet alone is also difficult. Therefore, the addition of vitamin D supplements is highly recommended in Vitamin D deficiency.

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