Vitamin D vs Sunscreen

The debate of Vitamin D vs Sunscreen has become a lot more heated lately. It is an ongoing fight on what’s more important of the two.

Sun is a direct source of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important to maintain the required quantities of calcium and phosphorus in the bloodstream. Vitamin D is required to take calcium from the food that has been digested in the stomach and small intestines to other parts of the body via blood.

Calcium is necessary to maintain string bones and build bone density. Some researches even suggest that Vitamin D may be responsible for prevention of osteoporosis, types of cancer and high blood pressure.

The two important forms of Vitamin D and vital for humans are : Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3. The former is obtained from plants and the latter from the ultra violet rays of the sun and some food products.

People in favor of Vitamin D maintain that tanning beds are safe to use without the use of sunscreens as they hinder the absorption of Vitamin D and its benefits from the rays of the sun.

There are others who argue that direct exposure to UV rays is the main cause of melanoma, a type of skin cancer. The UV rays can also hasten the process of skin aging as the rays from the sun rob the skin off its essential moisture and oils. This causes dryness of the skin, the main cause for occurrence of wrinkles and fine lines.

Exposure to sun also increases production of melanin that can lead to freckles and blemishes. People in favour of sunscreens affirm that Vitamin D3 can be obtained from eating certain foods that will have the same benefits on the body as directly absorbing it from the sun. They do not believe that Vitamin D helps prevent cancer.

Vitamin D can be obtained from foods like mushrooms, sardines, shiitake, egg yolks, and salmon. Beverages like orange juice, milk, and food like yogurt and cheese can be prepared by increasing the amount of Vitamin D in them. One can also find Vitamin D packed in capsules and bottles as over-the-counter medicines.

Vitamin D is important for maintaining a healthy body. However, that does not mean you have to expose yourself to harmful effects of the sun. You can have your daily dose of Vitamin D and still protect your skin from killer radiations.