Sunshine and vitamin D

Saraff, Vrinda; Shaw, Nick
February 2016
Archives of Disease in Childhood;Feb2016, Vol. 101 Issue 2, p190
Academic Journal
journal article
Vitamin D is vital for bone health and its deficiency deemed as a disease of the past has re-emerged as an important health concern. Exposure of the skin to solar ultraviolet B radiation is the major source of vitamin D and only a small proportion is derived from dietary intake. We review the various factors that influence the cutaneous synthesis of vitamin D and the recommendations regarding safe sun exposure and dietary supplementation to achieve adequate vitamin D levels proposed for optimal bone health.


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