The Long Road Back: Building Better Bones – Vitamin D Augmentation via Sunlight

By | April 17, 2014

The photosynthesis of vitamin D takes place in the two deepest layers the  stratum spinosum and the stratum basale.

The photosynthesis of vitamin D takes place in the two deepest layers the stratum spinosum and the stratum basale.

Strictly speaking vitamin D is not a vitamin because the human body can synthesize adequate quantities of the substance via a photochemical reaction that takes place in the skin. It is estimated that whole body exposure for as little as 30 minutes per day is sufficient. The synthesis of Vitamin in the skin is in some ways safer than exogenous administration because there are several negative feedback controls to prevent hypervitaminosis including the photochemical breakdown of vitamin D with increased exposure to UV light. Better still if during the act of exposing themselves to sunlight any of our patients at Schlesinger pain Centers decide to take a walk or engage in any other form exercise they win twice or even three times. Imagine getting fresh air, sunlight and exercise all at the same time. We may be on to something.


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