Tanning & Vitamin D

Tanning & Vitamin D

Production of vitamin D is one of the primary benefits that has been linked with human exposure to the ultraviolet-B or UVB rays, which are emitted in the sunlight and also through what is estimated to be approximately 90 percent of the commercial indoor tanning equipment.  A major proven physiological side-effect of this service is that indoor tanning enthusiasts manufacture sufficient levels of vitamin D as a result of indoor tanning sessions.

Since there is growing documented evidence that vitamin D deficiency is very prevalent in the North American population and as the general population seems to be spending more and more time indoors and away from the sunlight nowadays as compared to any point in the human history, which in turn compromises the body’s intended and natural pathway to obtaining vitamin D, obtaining vitamin D from indoor tanning deserves due consideration.

As it is clear that regularly getting exposed to sunlight and UVB are natural and beneficial for human health, and because it is also clearly evident that most of the modern humans in the North America, those who are living in non-equatorial regions of the planet and who do not get enough of the regular sun exposure to build the natural levels of vitamin D, any means of regular and non-burning ultraviolet exposure should be given due consideration.

The professionally operated indoor tanning facilities these days are in the business of providing their clients cosmetic tans. However, the special tanning lamps which emit some of the UVB light, have been demonstrated by the peer-reviewed research studies to stimulate the vitamin D production in the skin and also elevate the blood levels of vitamin D in the body. Though it may not be necessary to develop a tan to necessitate the desired levels of vitamin D, and even though there are dietary supplements which can be an alternative, exposure to sun rays is the best known way for the human body to produce vitamin D, those undergoing indoor tanning are known to have approximately 90 percent higher levels of vitamin D as compared to the non-tanners.

It is now widely accepted that for those particular individuals who can develop the tans, the vitamin D and the cosmetic related benefits of the non-burning exposure to the ultraviolet light in acceptable moderation outweigh the easily manageable risks associated with overexposure and sunburn.


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