“Benefits of Sunlight”

An article, “Benefits of Sunlight”, written by Richard J. Wurtman, still contains loads of interesting information about the health benefits of sunlight and is well worth a read-through. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology study shows more recent evidence presented in the journal Dermato-Endocrinology confirms that exposure to the sun in appropriate and measured timeframes has a number of health benefits unrelated to vitamin D production.

  • Enhancing mood and energy through the release of endorphins.
  • Treating skin diseases, such as psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis, and scleroderma. UV radiation also enhances skin barrier functions.
  • Melatonin regulation through the “third eye” of the pineal gland photoreceptors.
  • Standard treatment for tuberculosis 100 years ago, long before the advent of antibiotics.
  • Can be used to ‘sterilize’ your armpits and eliminate the cause of most body odor.
  • Synchronizing important biorhythms through sunlight entering your eye and striking your retina.
  • Protecting against melanoma and decreasing mortality from it.
  • Protecting against and suppressing symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS).
  • Inducing nitric oxide (NO), which helps protect your skin against UV damage and offers cardiovascular protection, promotes wound healing through its antimicrobial effect, and has some anti-cancer activity.
  • Relieving fibromyalgia pain.
  • Treating neonatal jaundice.
  • Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
  • Regulating body temperature.

Mercola, J., Dr. (2012, September 29). Sun Exposure: Benefits Beyond Vitamin D Production. Retrieved August 22, 2016, from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/29/sun-exposure-vitamin-d-production-benefits.aspx
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