Vitamin D; is it a potential sunburn and skin cancer remedy? Check out this USA Today article.

Vitamin D; is it a potential sunburn and skin cancer remedy?  Check out this USA Today article.

Vitamin D deficiency is a common problem that has been verified in recent studies.

Years ago, most of us would spend hours in the sun, often without any protection. Years and many sunburns later, dermatologist offices are treating many skin growths and cancers that were thought to be caused by these activities.   The growing concerns of skin damage from the sun has reduced the amount of time most of us spend in the sun and most of the public is more careful about using sunscreens.  Unfortunately, the body’s supply of vitamin D was dependent on the amount of sun we were exposed to, since the body produces vitamin D when exposed to the sun.

We also drink less milk which years ago was fortified with vitamin D.

Since we get less sun and drink less milk, it is being theorized that many of us are now vitamin D deficient, which can create its own set of problems and diseases.

Researchers have recently discovered that Vitamin D may also protect us in higher doses from the damaging rays of the sun.  According to researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, people who took huge doses of the vitamin an hour after a sunburn saw long-term benefits with significant reductions in redness, swelling and inflammation.

Can it also prevent skin cancer and be part of today’s problems with many of the skin tumors dermatologists are now treating?  Check out the article below.

If Vitamin D is a potential sunburn remedy, what does it mean for skin cancer?
Sean Rossman , USA TODAY

Researchers find massive amounts of Vitamin D could be the answer to the summertime nemesis of every pale person: The blistering, crimson sunburn.

People who took huge doses of the vitamin an hour after a sunburn saw long-term benefits — significant reductions in redness, swelling and inflammation.

That’s according to researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The school’s study was the first-ever trial to exhibit the anti-inflammatory perks of Vitamin D.

It’s welcome news to those who’ve earned the “strawberry” nickname a time or two. But perhaps more importantly, the discovery raises new questions for researchers, chiefly: Could rapidly healing skin mean better protection from ultraviolet radiation and, perhaps, skin cancer?

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