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Vitamin D

It's 'The Sunshine Vitamin'

For more than 750 million years living organisms on Earth have manufactured vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. No other vitamin is produced that way. That’s why Vitamin D is known as “The Sunshine Vitamin” and most sunbeds, just like sunlight, emit enough UVB light to trigger natural vitamin D production in your skin.

While indoor tanning is a cosmetic service, an undeniable side effect of this service is that indoor tanning clients manufacture sufficient levels of vitamin D. In fact, one single UV tanning session can create as much vitamin D as 100 glasses of milk.

Dr. Reinhold Vieth from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto said this about sunlight and tanning beds in a court affidavit; “sunbeds and summer sunshine are effective means by which to increase our serum 25(OH)D levels. The advantage of a tanning bed is that exposure to UV light can be controlled more precisely than casual sun exposure and thus can be safer than advising the public to guess at their own sun exposure from sunlight.”

There are also thousands of resources available for you to learn more about vitamin D. Here’s a few to get you started:

While you may not need to become tan to make vitamin D from sunlight, and while vitamin D supplements are another option, you should know that most people who tan in equipment that emits UVB will make vitamin D.

 

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