With the shifting of the seasons, Vitamin D supplementation sometimes gets a little lost in all the sunshine. Sunlight is key to natural vitamin D synthesis in the body, and so with the onset of summer, we tend to hear less and less about vitamin D.
With this in mind, we would like to direct your attention a recent study regarding vitamin D, lest it fly under the radar and go unnoticed in the fine weather.
Researchers at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and the Norwegian Institute for Air Research in Tromsų have just reported findings that vitamin D levels are best achieved through supplements, due to the risks associated with UV exposure. From the study's conclusions:
Although it may be tempting to recommend intentional sun exposure based on our findings, it is difficult, if not impossible to titrate one's exposure. There are well-known detrimental side effects of ultraviolet irradiation. Therefore, oral supplementation remains the safest way for increasing vitamin D status.
Be careful out there in the sun! And please take a moment to read up further on vitamin D and sun-safe health:
DSIB: Vitamin D
Journal of American Academy of Dermatology