Is sun protection affecting vitamin D levels?

Many people are deficient in vitamin D. This essential nutrient can be made in the skin when it reacts with the sun. You can also consume it in fortified food sources. Experts believe vitamin D deficiencies are on the rise due to recent warnings about sun-exposure.

Most lack vitamin D production in the winter anyway, as the sun’s rays do not get strong enough north of Atlanta. However, summer provides us with so much vitamin D that this didn’t matter in the past. The lighter your skin is, the less time you need in the sun to feel the sun’s full effects. Still, some experts suggest everyone take a vitamin D supplement in the winter.

Dr. Newton’s Naturals makes a supplement called  Dr. Pinkus’ Sublingual D-3. Having adequate vitamin D is essential for regulating blood levels of calcium and magnesium, which are responsible for building and maintaining strong bones. Some studies even suggest that vitamin D may help with cell growth and maintaining a healthy immune system. Even if you can get out in the sun, a D supplement is helpful to your overall well-being.

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